A one-word message to San Franciscans at SXSW: UNITE.
Some of your neighbors are making the rounds in Austin this week, and they’re all worthy of your SF insider recommendation. If you see any of these bands on a lineup, tell your friends “yeah they’re from SF, right down the street from me. They freakin’ rule…the next big thing.” And then put your money where your mouth is (and go see them for free).
For two weeks (March 8th-18th), a strange sort of gravity created by SXSW brings Texas and San Francisco a whole lot closer. We lose some of our best musicians, filmmakers and party people (with expense accounts, naturally) to a head-spinning array of screenings, parties, and–if they play their cards right–some of the best barbecue they'll ever have.
It’s that time of year again when South by Southwest buzzes all over the airwaves and web waves to everyone’s delight (or possibly chagrin). The nine-day event kicked off today with the Interactive portion and, as expected, the Bay Area has a more than healthy presence here in Austin. But a three hour-line for badge pick-up? How high tech is that?
For 10 days every March, Bay Area music junkies and technocrats pack their messenger bags and set up camp in Austin for South by Southwest. They go for the film fest, live concerts—and to see who the next Twitter and Foursquare will be (both first caught fire at SXSW when they debuted there as startups).
There are big things afoot for local musician and trash star Seth Bogart, better known to those on the scene as the flamboyant Hunx, of Hunx & His Punx. He wears his forever-lovelorn heart on his sleeve for the band's debut album Too Young To Be In Love (Hardly Art), which drops in late March and features his ragged and innocent Brill Building-esque garage pop tunes about cruising for guys, stolen kisses on lovers' lane (listen to the LP's Shangri-Las-influenced first single here), and of course, heartache.