The first round of bands and speakers have been announced for SXSW 2015! The Texan music festival and conference has also outlined some of their planned conference programme for next year, which looks set to be providing some great sessions for those holding Music passes.
Early SXSW news is beginning to filter out of Austin, with the Interactive crew announcing their first keynote speaker for 2015! Paola Antonella, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of Research & Development at MoMA in New York, will be taking the reins on Friday, March 13th.
The Kite String Tangle at SXSW 2014
A little bit of that March Austin flavour is coming to Melbourne and Sydney next month, as the iconic music festival and conference is set to host some exclusive meet and greet sessions ahead of the 2015 event. If you're an artist, industry member or music fan planning on heading to Austin for SXSW but are still a bit unsure about how it all works or find the week-long program of events a bit daunting (understandable), these sessions are the perfect way to get to know it, meet some like-minded individuals and more. Did we mention they're also free to attend?
English four-piece Glass Animals will be releasing their highly-anticipated debut album Zaba this Friday and for a lot of recent Glass Animals converts, it's be a long wait. Since "Gooey", "Pools" and "Psylla" have been doing the rounds, the band's name, live reputation and fan base has only been growing stronger and recent Australian and American shows have proven, they're a young band with stage confidence coming in spades.
Following the release of our second EP Always last November, 2014 has been an exciting year for Panama. Starting the year off playing Field Day, followed by a national tour, it also saw us take to foreign shores for our first international run of shows. Here’s some brief words and imagery to help better describe my experience.
While at SXSW earlier in the year, I had the opportunity to sit down with David Lowe, the founder of the company Uberpong, based out of Austin, Texas. The company has a fairly simple premise: personalise the experience of ping pong / table tennis through custom paddles. We talk about how his business has taken off, what's next for the company, the growing popularity of the sport around the world and their part in it.
When the AU attended SXSW a few months ago, we were struck once again by the sheer amount of talent that had been crammed in to one week of shows in venues spread out over a downtown district. Many acts who attended had hit Texas with a decent amount of hype already surrounding them, some attendees have since blown up and have been garnering huge praise, while some bands simply came through Austin and dominated as hard as fans and industry alike assumed they would. Leeds band Eagulls were one such act.
the AU review meets Chromeo in Austin, Texas, to talk about their music, their next record White Women (out in Australia May 9th), their South by Southwest (SXSW) experiences and more...
Japanese idol pop group Starmarie performing at Japan Nite Showcase at SXSW 2014.
In this very special chat, we sat down with the legendary Texan musician Joe Ely to talk about his involvement in the film Road to Austin (reviewed on The Iris HERE), that time be played with Bruce Springsteen at SXSW, his years in the music industry, Australian experiences and much more...
Larry Heath sits down with director Beth Harrington to talk about her documentary film The Winding Stream, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival last month. She tells us about how and why she got interested in telling the story of "the Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music".
Japanese all girl punk band Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum is an off shoot of the group Red Bacteria Vacuum that toured Big Day Out in 2011. Here is a snippet of their high energy performance at Japan Nite showcase at SXSW 2014.
Japanese singer/songwriter Mayu Wakisaka gave an outstanding performance at the Japan Nite showcase at SXSW 2014. Here's a snippet of her opening track at the showcase.
Get a taste of Fuel Fandango, a Spanish band we discovered at SXSW last month, in this brief clip of them finishing up their set at the Sounds of Spain party.
A snippet of South Korean electro rock act Love X Stereo performing at the Seoulsonic showcase at SXSW 2014. Love X Stereo has been busy hitting the showcase circuit with an appearance at CMJ last year.