If Austin was a car, it’d be a VW campervan. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen its popularity (and population) soar in recent years: between 2000 and 2006, it was the third fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is cultured, kitsch and kooky, and rightfully wears its unofficial slogan […]
Want a free cab ride to the next venue at South by Southwest this year? No problem! All you have to do is tweet the Kendo UI team using the hashtag #SXSWTechCab and Irin Slutsky will let you know if she can swing it. The Kendo UI cab ride is completely free in exchange for the […]
A good friend of mine, Austin Lotz, recently got a job and moved up to New York to pursue design. I have all the faith in him, because this kid leaks talent. His work displays creativity and intelligence that most illustrators and designers lack.
Amanda Cargill Austin uses beautifully handcrafted borosilicate glass beads in her amazing line of jewelry and small accessories. Cargill Austin is a self-taught artist whose teenage hobby led her to become an artisan jewelry designer. She creates one-of-a-kind beads and pieces in her home lampwork studio on the Oregon Coast.
LEBORED is Alex Shilin and my answer to ‘What should we do now?’ after we left our advertising careers in New York and moved to Austin. We make limited-edition, one-of-a-kind home decor, because we believe life should be filled with art.
Filmmaker Henry Dombey traveled to Austin to interview the founders of HourSchool, a website that helps people organize bite sized classes in their community. ‘The HourSchool mission is to help people realize their full potential, and not to be afraid to fulfill it’. We believe everyone can, and should, teach, after all, you are the […]
Pillow Talk by Austin’s folk-pop band, Wild Child, is a perfect soundtrack for that road trip you’re taking this Summer. It’s probably still good if you listen to it on the way to work in the morning.
Austin-based Erin Hanson believes everyone is prey to bouts of laziness. Presumably this is why he has set up so many magical photography and graphic design projects on his site, Recovering Lazyholic. I love the deliberate flippancy he brings to his Reminders series (self-described as ‘childish treatment for childish behaviour’), where he sticks colourful reminders around the house to alter his lazy tendencies.
Austin’s Mondo is described via their Facebook page as follows: ‘If we have to explain what we are, you wouldn’t understand’. Which I guess is true in many ways, but the bottom line is they showcase numerous artistic renditions of movie posters, which span everything from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2th Century, and everything in-between. Apparently the posters sell out within minutes, and sometimes even seconds, but you can still check out the archive and eventually pick up your jaw from the ground after viewing all of the awesome work that has beed done.
I moved to Austin in August 2011 and randomly came across this long-established radio show during a flick across the dials whilst driving the ever-jammed I35 one day. Joy! These guys are about the best thing I’ve heard on radio (yes, and that includes you, Mr Stern). Their brilliantly scattered, sometimes bitter, always amusing banter […]
Hailing from Austin, psychedelic rock band The Black Angels conjure spirits with rumble and haze. With primitive beats and layers of sound, the band of nomads has had plenty of success since their 2006 full-length album, Passover. Not only do they pleasure the world with their psychdrone sound, but also present Austin with their annual Austin Psych Fest. Founded in 2008, this year’s festival takes place between April 27-29.
I’m an East Coast girl with a growing lust for Austin, due in no small part to the incredible discoveries and adventures of Mirgun Akyavas, photographer extraordinaire. Austinspace takes you on a troll through the back roads, eating and drinking establishments, street art, and music scene of this colorful blue sky town.
Secret Walls made its way to Austin and the recent SXSW festival. Mirgun Akyavas of Austinspace caught the street graphics competition as they exploded during the three days and two nights of live art battles with Jon Burgerman, Bridge Stehli, Kev Bee, Dan Leo, Lamour Supreme, Joshua Sutterby (aka Alfa), Fel3000ft, and Smug.
Premiering at SXSW, which kicks off this weekend, this brilliant documentary chronicles the disturbing world of model scouting in Eastern Europe, where young girls are taken away from their homes and families with the promises of riches, only to be exploited by unscrupulous agents for the Japanese market. Unsettling, but fascinatingly so.
I was lucky enough to play with these girls at the Empty Glass in Charleston, West Virginia, last month. Their songs truly make you want to cry in your beer, or dance in your cowboy boots, or sit on the porch and chew grass, or whatever people say about bluegrass. I’m pretty sure Melissa Carper could sing that […]