Recent Posts in SXSW
February 4, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'
SXSW is a month away, and while most of the coverage on this site has been about the music portion, there is also the Film Festival which happens March 11 - 19. We already mentioned the Death By Audio doc, which is one of the ten films in this year's Documentary Film Competition, but there are lots and lots more interesting selections.
There's a whole section ("24 Beats Per Second") devoted to music films, mostly documentaries, that includes The Art of Organized Noize, a movie about the Atlanta rap producers who worked with Outkast, Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob, among others; BANG! The Bert Berns Story, about the highly successful but little-known songwriter behind "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and others; There's a movie about producer Butch Vig's Wisconsin-based Smart Studios, where Nevermind, Gish and many other records were made; There's a documentary Austin City Limits: A Song For You; plus Sharon Jones doc Miss Sharon Jones!, X Japan doc We Are X.
There are also not one but two jazz biopics: Don Cheadle directs and stars in Miles Ahead, in which he plays Miles Davis (watch the trailer below); and Born To Be Blue, in which Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker.
There are also a ton of exciting non-music premieres: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some (his "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused); Mike Birbiglia's new comedy Don't Think Twice; Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special; Ti West (House of the Devil)'s new film In the Valley of Violence; and and the much-anticipated Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Oh and Las Vegas cop movie The Trust starring Nicolas Cage, Sky Ferriera, Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis. So yeah.
Check out trailers for Miles Ahead, The Smart Studios Story, and Austin City Limits: A Song For You and the full SXSW film lineup, below.
February 3, 2016
by Bill Pearis
still from 'Goodnight Brooklyn'
Basically from the moment Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio announced that they were closing, DbA's Matt Conboy began filming. With cinematographer Jonathan Yi, editor Andrew Ratzlaff, producer Amanda Schultz, and a large camera crew, they shot shows, behind the scenes stuff, interviews with staff and friends, everything, right to the end. (BV contributor Ebru Yildiz did the still photography.) The result is new documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio which will make its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. It's one of ten films selected (from over 1000 entrants) in this year's Documentary Feature Competition. Here's the official synopsis:
From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals.Ty Segall is one of the film's executive producers, and he's in front of the camera too, as one of the interviewees. Also talking on camera are DbA runners Conboy, Oliver Ackermann and Edan Wilber, as well as Stephanie Gross, Brian Chippendale, Mark Kleback, Dan Deacon, Michael Azerrad and -- full disclosure -- this writer. They haven't announced SXSW screening dates, so stay tuned.
November 17, 2015
photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
SXSW already announced its initial lineup of 2016 showcasing artists, and now they've announced another batch, including White Lung, Tacocat, Blanck Mass, Basia Bulat, Diarrhea Planet, Ezra Furman, Gwenno, Hooton Tennis Club, Monika, PINS, September Girls, Spain, Yung, and lots more.
The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15-20. Full round 2 list is below...
November 6, 2015
Rashad Owens, the man who killed four people and injured 20 others at SXSW 2014 when he drove through crowds on a pedestrian-only stretch of Red River Street, has been found guilty of capital murder today in Austin, TX. Reports the Austin Statesman:
After a little more than three hours of deliberations, a Travis County jury on Friday found Rashad Owens guilty of capital murder in the wreck that took the lives of four people during the South by Southwest Music Festival in March 2014.In her closing arguments, prosecutor Ann Meredith told the jury, "There is no other answer than that the defendant knew what he was doing -- and he didn't care. He didn't care who was in his way. He was not going to be stopped. He was not going to go to jail."
The verdict means he will automatically spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
About 50 people crowded into the courtroom to hear the verdict. Family members shed tears and embraced as the verdict was read.
March 15, 2014
Damon Albarn @ NPR SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Damon Albarn played the Fader Fort at SXSW last night (3/14), where he brought out some special guests to help him perform a pair of Gorillaz tunes. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator joined Albarn for "Clint Eastwood"--it was the first time the original collaborators teamed up to perform it--and Snoop Dogg also came out halfway through the song to spit a verse of "Drop It Like It's Hot." Albarn also invited De La Soul out to do "Feel Good Inc." Check out some video footage of "Clint Eastwood" below...
March 14, 2014
Diarrhea Planet x The Midgetmen x Melissa Etheridge (via)
The Midgetmen's annual Jumpstart Texas day party took place on Thursday (3/13) at The Sidebar, with Diarrhea Planet, Connections, Big Ups, and many more. During that party, Diarrhea Planet joined forces with The Midgetmen and special guest Melissa Etheridge(!) to play Tom Petty's "Refugee." Check out some video footage of the rip-roaring cover below...
February 20, 2014
by Bill Pearis
TEEN will release their second album, The Way and Color, on April 22 via Carpark. While still incorporating psych and krautrock textures, the new album is decidedly more soulful than their debut. The band, which features three Lieberson sisters plus new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, claim D'Angelo and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the album. You can check out the first single, "Not For Long," which is streaming below.
The band will be touring on their way to and from SXSW, including playing Savannah Stopover and a few dates with Small Black. The band will wrap up their tour in NYC opening for The War on Drugs on at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (sold out). They'll also be playing a record release show for The Way and Color on
April 24 at Baby's All Right. UPDATE: The record release show has been postponed until May 22. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new single stream, below...
February 11, 2014
As mentioned, Yellow Ostrich are releasing their new album, Cosmos, on February 25 via Barsuk. We're got the premiere of a live video of the band performing the single "Shades" and you can watch that below.
While the band's tour hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 4, Yellow Ostrich are playing a private NYC show on Wednesday (2/12) at Pianos, showcasing much of the new album. BrooklynVegan is presenting the show and, though it's invite-only, we are giving a few pairs away to lucky BV readers. The show is early -- the band's on at 7 PM -- and details on how to get tickets are below.
If you can't make the show, tickets for Yellow Ostrich's Bowery show in April are still available. They'll also be at SXSW too. Updated tour dates are listed, along with the live video and another Yellow Ostrich album track stream, below...
March 8, 2013
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
"Your showcase is..... interesting"
Forget about Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Death, Today is The Day, METZ, all of them. I've got one goal and one goal only: to see Grumpy Cat live and in person at SXSW 2013. As noted a couple of days ago on @BVSXSW, The frowned-one will appear live and in purr-son (sorry!) for the interactive portion (sorry Music attendees) of the fest and will shoot Friskies commercials in the days following. Check out the original Grumpy Cat video below.
January 22, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Mac Demarco, who will be here next week with Ty Segall, has announced a March tour surrounding his appearance at SXSW in Austin. Most of the tour is with Captured Tracks labelmate Naomi Punk and fellow Canadian Calvin Love. The tour hits NYC before SXSW at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 1 with Eola also on the bill. Tickets, reasonably priced at $10, go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday (1/25).
If you're unfamiliar with opener Calvin Love, he released his debut album, New Radar, via Autumn Tone back in November and is sort of electropop lonely highway music. You can stream the whole album below.
A list of all Mac DeMarco tour dates and the Calvin Love stream are below...