sxsw2008

No Bathroom Line For Old Men

andybeta | March 18, 2008 - 9:00 am

Adding to the “I’m missing everything” feeling provided by the fact that during SXSW every bar with 10 square feet of space turns itself into a temporary music venue is the ever-growing number of day parties, which are hosted by PR companies, blogs, hair products, and anyone else who wants to… More »


The Last Day: When The Questions Posed Six Months Ago Still Linger

Maura | March 17, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Judging by some of my RSS mainstays, SXSW backlash coverage is the new SXSW coverage, and part of me can see why; the sameness of the posts, the “OMG WISH YOU WERE HERE”-ness that permeates the live-blogging of each margarita downed, the fact that most of the really interesting stuff that’s going on is stuff… More »


Seeing The {{{Sunset}}} From The East Side

andybeta | March 15, 2008 - 11:15 am

Adding to the “I’m missing everything” feeling provided by the fact that during SXSW every bar with 10 square feet of space turns itself into a temporary music venue is the ever-growing number of day parties, which are hosted by PR companies, blogs, hair products, and anyone else who wants to promote themselves along withMore »



Day Three: In Which It Is Safe To Enter The Convention Center Once Again

Maura | March 15, 2008 - 11:15 am

The 2008 installment of the South By Southwest Music conference passed the halfway mark, and yesterday’s torrid temperatures and ever-growing lines–thanks in part to the descending spring-break hordes–were only escapable in one place: the Austin Convention Center, which seems to have solved its rabies problem for now. (At least, I hope it did.) A rundown… More »


No Age’s Balancing Act

andybeta | March 15, 2008 - 10:15 am

Adding to the “I’m missing everything” feeling provided by the fact that during SXSW every bar with 10 square feet of space turns itself into a temporary music venue is the ever-growing number of day parties, which are hosted by PR companies, blogs, hair products, and anyone else who wants to promote themselves along withMore »


Maura | March 14, 2008 - 10:30 am

Brangelina makes its perhaps-inevitable SXSW appearance, and yet even the combined starpower of its two members can’t get an entourage into Wednesday night’s R.E.M. show at Stubb’s. More »



Mussels Make Us Happy As A Clam

Maura | March 14, 2008 - 9:45 am

Yesterday’s travels around Austin took me to the back patio of a pizza parlor that was putting on a three-day popfest, and I stuck around long enough to hear a set by the Brooklyn band Mussels, whose chiming, revved-up rock and roll bounced off the baking concrete and made the slowly-heating-up… More »


Day Two: Straying Far From Sixth Street

Maura | March 14, 2008 - 9:15 am

Since I knew I wasn’t getting into the big car-sponsored Motorhead gig after being tipped off by a friend that the line had stretched around the block two hours prior to the show, my experience yesterday at SXSW was all about finding some day parties that were off the way-too-beaten path downtown–travels which took me… More »


Maura | March 14, 2008 - 8:48 am

While looking for blog posts for people who actually got into yesterday’s Scion-sponsored Motorhead show–which proved once and for all that those RSVP forms you fill out in a submit-button-pushing frenzy before SXSW don’t mean diddly–I found this post, which shows that the New York Times’ policy… More »



Day One: Bad Flags And Even Worse Pick-Up Lines

Maura | March 13, 2008 - 7:15 am

Wednesday was the first official day of South By Southwest’s music conference, and overall, it seemed pretty low-key, with the day’s biggest names coming from rock’s various old guards (R.E.M., Van Morrison, Naked Raygun) and the day’s biggest sounds coming, as one might expect, from the pedaled-to-the-metal Raveonettes. After the jump, I break down the… More »


Gorilla Vs. Bear Vs. Booze Vs. The Urge To Dance Vs. Photographers

andybeta | March 13, 2008 - 6:43 am

Adding to the “I’m missing everything” feeling provided by the fact that during SXSW every bar with 10 square feet of space turns itself into a temporary music venue is the ever-growing number of day parties, which are hosted by PR companies, blogs, hair products, and anyone else who wants to promote themselves along withMore »


Maura | March 13, 2008 - 6:33 am

Dubious SXSW branding opportunities, part one of an unfortunately ongoing series: “Göt2b, the hair product company, will have a barbershop on site. More »



Kirsten Ketsjer Is A Rock Band, Not A Person In A Rock Band

Maura | March 13, 2008 - 6:29 am

The Danish trio Kirsten Ketsjer The Rock Band–named, I was told, after a friend of the band who was in no way affiliated with its music–play nervy indie rock that a friend compared to their sorta-countrymen 18th Dye*. More »


Maura | March 10, 2008 - 11:45 am

So yes, I am leaving for Austin and the South By Southwest Music Festival tomorrow, and as I did last year, I’m on the lookout for any tips about secret shows, last-minute shutdowns, Stop Peter Bjorn & John-style shenanigans, and anything else that you think might be worthy of Idolator’s coverage. More »


Dear Bloggers: Does Picking On Rachael Ray Make You Feel Proud?

Dan Gibson | March 5, 2008 - 10:30 am

I’ve discovered I like (at least) two things about Rachael Ray. One: the knife set my mother-in-law purchased for me this Christmas (sharptastic!). Two: That she can drop the classic “I’m way too busy for this jibber-jabber” retort on the blogger types who aren’t thrilled with her SXSW day party appearance on March 15. Hey,… More »



Attending SXSW? A Show For You To Avoid

Dan Gibson | March 3, 2008 - 2:50 am

If you’re heading to SXSW next week, color me jealous-ish. Lots of bands, good. Long lines and tons of bloggers, bad. Nonetheless, may I offer a suggestion? Unless you enjoy tedious anti-war preaching from rock stars, avoid Stubbs on the 13th. … More »


Maura | February 28, 2008 - 12:00 pm

The lineup for the South By Southwest showcase hosted by “America’s favorite cook and indie music lover” Rachael Ray–yes, it’s really happening!–has been finalized: “Join us at this merging of great food and even better music with performances by Autovaughn, The Ravonettes, The Cringe, Scissors… More »


South By Southwest 2008: Let The Bottle-Service-Fed Jerks Descend!

Maura | February 26, 2008 - 11:30 am

UPDATE: According to someone purporting to be No Depression’s Peter Blackstock, the press release claiming to be from the Austin “ultra lounge” Panagea and saying that people who shelled out $300 or more for bottle service at No Depression’s South By Southwest showcase would get “priority admission” was a hoax against the club. Pangaea, which… More »



The South By Southwest Lineup: Start Practicing Your Line-Standing Poses Now

Maura | February 7, 2008 - 3:25 am

South By Southwest has released the full list of bands playing next month’s margarita-drenched festival, and the numbers add up to about 1,600 bands spread across 79 stages. More »


The Rachael Ray SXSW Party: 30-Minute Sets, Yummo Drinks

Maura | February 1, 2008 - 3:45 am

Apparently that Rachael Ray SXSW party that we thought was a joke is the real deal. Sadly, Battles will not be playing because they’re not making the SXSW trek, but according to the proprietor of Largehearted Boy the Ettes sent out a press release confirming their appearance today. More »


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