McDonald’s asked a band to play for free during SXSW and they’ve got 100% beef with it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Saturday 7 March 2015

The SXSW music festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world, so when you’re invited to perform, it’s a dream come true. But when you’re asked by fast food giant McDonald’s to perform without pay, then we’ve got problems.

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NXNE and LuminaTO in Toronto

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By Tanja M. Laden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 June 2012

If you’ve always wanted to visit Toronto, but never really had a reason to go, now’s the time to head north by northeast, in more ways than one. The so-called little brother to SXSW, NXNE is a full week’s worth of nonstop live indie bands, film programs, and much less attitude than many other music-fueled juggernauts. Happening from June 11-17, NXNE also overlaps with LuminaTO, another Toronto-based arts festival that focuses on the latest creativity coming from the biggest city in Canada.

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Jeff Berner: a sound grows in Brooklyn

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By Melissa Murray in New Music on Wednesday 30 May 2012

You may know Jeff Berner as the enigmatic guitarist from Psychic TV, recently gracing the stages at SXSW and the Adelaide Festival. But did you also know he’s a Producer/Engineer at GaluminumFoil Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn? Berner has recently worked on the latest records by Naam, Heliotropes, Dead Stars, La Otracina, and Psychic TV. You’re next!

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Australian duo The Black Ryder working on second album

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By Ian Astbury from The Cult in New Music on Wednesday 9 May 2012

I love the cinematic vistas that Australian band The Black Ryder evoke, as well as the ravishing beauty of Aimee Nash and her sultry vocals. They are currently working on their second album, and judging by their recent performances at the SXSW festival, they are on to something magnificent. [Read a Secret Playlist by The Black […]

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Wear your heartbeat on your dress (literally)

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By Keith Pettinger in New Trends on Saturday 31 March 2012

The Presence of Heart dress was unveiled by relative newcomers, Agent of Presence, at SXSW. It’s an outfit that gently lights-up along with the wearer’s heartbeat, whilst simultaneously sending the rhythm out wirelessly to any compatible device. A novelty, for sure, but a fresh avenue of fashion which opens up a world of possibilities for […]

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Documentary about a haircutting contest in a Scottish jail

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By Zolton in New Film on Thursday 29 March 2012

I saw this documentary short at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin and was captivated by the simple storyline, so elegantly and beautifully related. The premise is simple: ‘the butchiest prisoners in Scotland cutting the hair of fellow inmates inside some of the toughest jails in the country? Your chance to experience first hand the […]

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It’s Time: a wicked new music video by Imagine Dragons

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By Chad Little in Video on Wednesday 28 March 2012

Check out this awesome new music by Imagine Dragons from Las Vegas. This video showcases the raw talent of this band. I caught an awesome performance by them last week in Nashville on their way to their sold out showcase at SXSW. I cannot wait to see these guys again. Fresh and free, just like […]

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Secret Walls in Austin: street graphics by Mirgun Akyavas

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By Victoria Selbach in New Art on Tuesday 27 March 2012

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.

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Girl Model documentary: premiering at SXSW in Austin

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By Zolton in New Film on Friday 9 March 2012

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.

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Citadel poster first to utilize revolutionary Aurasma app

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Trends on Thursday 8 March 2012

Citadel, a movie filmed in Scotland by director Ciarán Foy, makes its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this weekend. The awesome poster for it makes use of ‘the revolutionary new Aurasma app‘. How does it work? Simple: ‘just hold your Android up to the poster and it will reveal exclusive clips from the […]

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Bass Culture: celebrating reggae and British music at SXSW

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By Ras Kwame in New Events on Thursday 8 March 2012

Roll on Bass Culture at SXSW. It’s all about celebrating the influence of reggae on British music as Natty, Little Roy, Rasites, Lady Leshurr, BBC 1Xtra’s Robbo Ranx and more hit the road. The first stop is the world famous and strong contender for my favourite gathering of all time: the SXSW festival in Austin.

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Adopt a filmmaker at a New Orleans rooftop screening

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By Shellen in New Film on Wednesday 7 March 2012

Indie documentary fans may remember a gem called 45365 that hit South By South West a few years ago. The infamous Ross brothers have a new film at this year’s festival and, like so many artists, they’re looking for Kickstarter help. What sets their campaign apart are the prizes. For $6, they’ll drink a toast […]

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Finn Riggin’s video for their single Dali

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Thursday 23 December 2010

The brand new video for Finn Riggin’s Dali is awesome. It premiered yesterday over at Magnet Magazine and caps off the band’s whirlwind year where they spent the majority of the year blowing minds at SXSW, before looping the country on a full US tour.

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The Lighthouse and The Whaler

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By Michelle Wilding in New Music on Thursday 8 April 2010

I’m simultaneously left intrigued and blissed-out whenever I listen to the melodic hooks and bitter sweet vocals created by The Lighthouse and The Whaler. This unsigned Cleveland threesome blends classic modern pop with interesting orchestral soundscapes that take you on an imaginary nautical journey beyond the sea. They’re an upcoming band to keep on your […]

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Cassette Kids

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 2 April 2010

We checked in with Sydney-band Cassette Kids, who have been creating quite a buzz of late, and asked them about the highlights of their extensive touring over the past six months: ‘We literally just stepped off a plane from LA. We played at SXSW in Austin over the last week and it has probably been the most awesome experience to date. It’s amazing being able to play shows and go and see shows non-stop over five days’.

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