South by Southwest Festival

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    11 Ways to Survive Music Festivals on a Budget

    Let's face it: Arizona isn't exactly prime real estate for music festivals. Yes, we have the party-hard atmosphere of Country Thunder and the locally beloved McDowell Mountain Music Fest, the EDM-drenched Soundwave and some killer jazz fests. But our fair desert doesn't yet have the appeal or pull o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Best Shows of SXSW 2013

    This year, Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Questions

    Editor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can you spr ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    March 28, 2012

    Pontiak Braves Tornadoes and Chainsaws Downed Trees to Deliver the Riff Rock of Echo Ono

    See also: Pontiak Makes an Album About Driving from Phoenix to Texas The last time we blogged about the brothers Pontiak --Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney -- we discussed their EP, Comecrudos, a concept record designed for a drive through the American Southwest. It garnered an interesting comment fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Treasure MammaL's "Real Talk Diaries" Chapter Six

    Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. Today is our "off day," with only one show booked. But it's a big one, at Barbarella near Sixth Street, Austin's main drag. Treasure MammaL was put on the bill by Josh Lambert of The Octopus Project, so the pressure's on. Luckily, the show isn't until 5:00 p.m., giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Good Old War Talks Leaving Philadelphia and Finding Home On the Road

    Despite their tongue-in-cheek moniker, there's nothing truly controversial about Good Old War. It would be tough to argue the negative sides of singable indie folk, after all. The Philadelphia-based trio makes pretty music. It's accessible. They're not looking to be the next hipster fad, but to hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our March 22 Issue

    This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What were the worst moments of SXSW? How does local band The Madera Strand Sound Covering The Police? Follow us o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    10 Awesome Concert Posters at SXSW's Flatstock 33

    ​See also: The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012 By Nick Rallo Flatstock is a dangerous place to be with a credit card. This year, Flatstock 33 (presented by the American Poster Institute) featured over 100 artists with enough completely badass concert posters to drain your checking account dry. No, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Dustin Wong: Melody Isn't Dead

    Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong's latest album, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, a blur. A focused, impressionistic one, yeah, but a blur in an almost literal sense, with legato stretches of melody bumping into spiky, angular tones, kosmische rhythms gently pulsing beneath the surface ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    February 2, 2012
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    December 1, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton, What Are You Listening To?

    Maria VassettStephen Chilton​Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton The Valley-based music promoter has more than 20 events he's producing, which may be found at When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? When I am in the car, I ... More >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011
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    April 19, 2011

    Fake Problems' Chris Farren on Daytrotter, Radio City Music Hall, and Arrested Development

    Fake Problems​Fake Problems doesn't have many problems, real or imagined. Instead of worrying, they focus on having a good time and touring often. Singer/guitarist Chris Farren taught the band how to play Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" while lounging poolside before opening for Lucero in Phoenix a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Kanye West's SXSW Show Already Has People Lined Up

    Jonathan Lucio would like to sell you his SXSW badge... He doesn't need it anymore, he's spending his day waiting to see Kanye West.​People are already lined up waiting to get into Kanye West's hyped-up show at South By Southwest.Only 1,000 people will get into the super-exclusive show, which is w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Mir German of Miriams Well Talks John Lennon, Portland, and SXSW

    Miriams Well​ Portland is a city that's known for its amazing music scene. So much so that it's starting to give Los Angeles and Brooklyn a run for their money as a place bands looking to get discovered relocate. In such a crowded scene it can often times be difficult to stand out amongst the cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Arizona SXSW Schedule: Kinch, Marianne Dissard, Gospel Claws, Random, Sergio Mendoza

    ​What Arizona acts are showcasing or playing parties at the South by Southwest music industry showcase in Austin? Glad you asked. Here's a rundown of every show being played by Arizona acts during the week-long shindig.If you have any additions please hit me up on Twitter, @phxmusicdotcom.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Village Voice Media and Frank 151 Throwing Huge SxSW Party

    ​Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone and Yelawolf will headline the annual Village Voice SXSW party, this year produced in tandem with with Frank 151.If that's not enough to grab your attention, it's worth mentioning that Erykah Badu will DJ the party on Thursday, March 17 at the Austin Music Hall.The event ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Goldenboy's Shon Sullivan on Bisbee, Johnny Marr and South by Southwest

    ​Shon Sullivan has collaborated with Elliott Smith, Johnny Marr, The Eels, The Watson Twins, and Neil Finn over the years. Sullivan started playing solo acoustic music between Elliott Smith and Eels tours and dubbed his band Goldenboy after a nickname Smith gave him.Three albums later, Goldenboy i ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    March 22, 2010

    SXSW, AZ Derby Dames, Chandler BBQ, and Doughnuts Paired With Beer Over the Weekend

    ​SXSW: Japan Nite There was no shortage of variety to the musical stylings presented at this year's SXSW Music Conference, but you'd be hard-pressed to find more genres represented at a single showcase outside of Japan Nite at Austin's Elysium venue. Featuring the likes of Omodaka, Okamoto's, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    New Zealand Prog-Metal Molten-Core Rockers Hit the Valley

    The mysterious sounds of "molten-core" rockers, Kerretta.​One of the best, and worst, things about living in Phoenix is that we're a pitstop on the way to and from loads of other more exciting places.Yes, we're strategically located six hours from LA, four hours from Coachella, and a long day's dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Big Star's Alex Chilton Dies at 59

    Alex Chilton.​Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of '70s rock band Big Star died last night in New Orleans at age 59. The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack, and Big Star was set to play at this year's SXSW.The band is cemented in history as a highly influential with a cult following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Rites of Spring Ball, Tim Barry, Miss Derringer, and More

    Deja Dance will participate in the Rites of Spring Ball on Friday at the Alwun House.According to the calendar on our wall, more than a week remains until spring has officially arrived. But for all intents and purposes, it feels like it's already sprung. The last gasp of winter has come and gone, te ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009


    SXSW bands make a PHX pit stop on their way back to the NW

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Public Enemy plays with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    There's a bunch going on this week, and by a bunch I mean SXSW. It is hard to compete with that wonderful festival right now, so I will let our coverage -- handled dutifully by our own ambassador of the funk Martin Cizmar -- of the events take precedence over Up on the Sun for the next few days. Tha ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009
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    February 27, 2009

    Our SxSW Party: M. Ward, Crystal Antlers, Cursive

    LA Weekly has announced the bill for our Village Voice South by Southwest showcase. M. Ward, Crystal Antlers, Cursive, Gomez and Bear Hands. Crystal Antlers and Cursive are the highlights for me. The new Cursive record, Mama, I'm Swollen -- which I popped in today, and happened to be listening to ju ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009

    Hot Fuzz

    The name might have been synthetic, but not the band

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008
  • Culture

    March 13, 2008
  • Film

    March 22, 2007

    The Ugly Truth in Austin, Texas

    The case against Michael Moore and for B-list celebs at SXSW

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    More is More

    Too much of a good thing is just right at SXSW

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    O.C. Can You Say

    When indie goes prime-time, what's left?

  • News

    September 23, 2004


    Letters from the week of September 23, 2004

  • Music

    March 27, 2003


    Mexican quartet makes its Marquee

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band

  • Music

    June 7, 2001

    Kinky Wizard

    Long the king of his castle, ever-prolific Deathray Davies front man John Dufilho is learning to share

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Dolly Varden

    The Dumbest Magnets
    (Evil Teen)

  • Music

    March 23, 2000


    Rock 'n' roll rousers the Van Buren Wheels roll to success at SXSW

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    She's the One

    Local songstress gets ready to do business with the high and mighty

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    End of the Road

    For Jesus Chrysler Supercar and Windigo, breaking up is hard to do -- unless you're partying with the Me So Horny girls

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Growing Pains

    After 13 years, SXSW remains Austin's greatest/worst display of self-love

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