By Kiernan Maletsky
"All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this."
That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think ... More >>
By Craig Hlavaty
Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce".
The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If ... More >>
I have this theory: like most things, greatness at music generally* requires an alloy of natural talent, providence, and an Outliers-like tenacity requiring 10 years hard labor in dingy crackerbox clubs, or snagging a Best New Music on Pitchfork--whichever comes first. The corollary being that for ... More >>
Quincy JonesIn a packed auditorium at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin, Texas, legendary music producer Quincy Jones gave the "keynote" speech on Thursday afternoon at the South by Southwest Music Festival. From the get-go, Jones struck a personal and political tone--a flyer sat on ev ... More >>
So I'll be covering SXSW next week for the LA Weekly. I have never been nor do I have any idea of what to expect. I'm pretty excited to go though. I've been asking around and have generally been met with the boiler-plate response that "SXSW is awesome." However, one friend did tell me to expe ... More >>
SXSW or no SXSW, my first sign of Texas pride was the Texas-shaped gravestone in the Texas State Cemetery I noticed outside the airport shuttle.
Landed in Austin in drizzling weather; even in a crowded airplane making four stops it's easy to single out the passengers headed here – they're the ... More >>