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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 10]

By Bryan Lasky, April 8th 2019

A Giant Dog

So the final day of SXSW felt like it came out of a different time period. It started slow with hanging out with my friends, their daughter, and grabbing some breakfast. From there we went to a house show where Sharkmuffin and No Win played. I was told that SXSW used to be only these type of shows so it was nice to take one in. Sharkmuffin was already playing when we got there and the trio are just badass punks. It was great to see them, on the last day, still have a ton of energy to jump around and play at the top of their game. No Win brought their LA indie rock to the stage next and while the energy level was brought down from Sharkmuffin, the music was pretty good.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 9]

By Bryan Lasky, April 1st 2019

Har Mar Superstar

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Technically this was the last day of the music festival as nothing too much happens on Sunday. Most people leave either during the day on Saturday or sometime on Sunday because they have real jobs and lives to get back to, but I had two days left. Before any music was to be taken in though my friends who I was staying with had a first birthday party for their kid and it was a blast to do that, but then the music called.


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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 8]

By Bryan Lasky, March 30th 2019

Japanese Breakfast

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On the seventh day of SXSW I went to Luck Reunion and had a solid one day reset from the madness but on day eight it was back to the grind in downtown Austin. I was lucky though as I spent a good part of the day in one venue, a thing my body was happy about as man this festival is such a grind, having any sort of time where you stay at one venue is a good thing. Ad-hoc’s party at Cheer Up Charlie’s had 12 bands between the indoor and outdoor stage that while mostly rock, strayed to the sides here and there.

Stef Chura

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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 6]

By Bryan Lasky, March 28th 2019

Oh Sees

Photos by Bryan Lasky

Well another day another early start with getting to the Parish right around noon. People aren’t kidding when they say it’s a marathon and not a sprint, but luckily for me, while I didn’t get enough rest every night, I got some and not drinking has been the key to surviving this beast, so while it hurt to get up early and move, it was doable. First up were Priests who debuted some new music that makes you want to dance. It was an intimate affair, which the band actually enjoyed. Watch out for their new album when it drops this spring. Next up was a full band set from Molly Burch that truly made her songs shine.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 5]

By Bryan Lasky, March 27th 2019

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Broken Social Scene

It was an early start with getting to The Scoot Inn bright and early, aka 12:30 PM, with my good friends Illiterate Light. The duo tear it up with all the energy in the world, and even though it was early in the day for some good old rock and roll, they got the crowd ready for the rest of the day. Inside, Adam Melchor, who I saw earlier in the week, played a fun set to ease into the day for those who didn’t want to rock right away. I spoke with him a little after his set and he was just so happy to be down here playing as many shows as possible. Adam is truly talented and someone who just wants to share his music with the world.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 4]

By Bryan Lasky, March 24th 2019

Amanda Palmer

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Well, this was just one of those days where you keep finding little diamonds in the rough and sort of a continuation of seeing Santigold at a tiny space. First I walked about the trade show and saw technology and ideas that would blow your mind, but the highlight was definitely stumbling on to a sloth in a tree. I mean what’s better than a sloth in a tree. From there I wandered a bit, found the Good Omens party and had some food and eventually made my way to check out the British Music Embassy. Yet another diamond in the rough found me with Jimmy Sakurai playing a pop up acoustic set. The Japanese guitarist has a movie premiering about his life this week. If you don’t know who Jimmy is, he pays homage to Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin and it’s scary how much he moves, looks, and plays like Jimmy Page. Jimmy and his band played a short five-song set including “Stairway to Heaven” and “Going to California” and unfortunately, or fortunately, there were only about 30 people in the venue to witness this amazing talent.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 3]

By Bryan Lasky, March 23rd 2019 — with 1 comment

Santigold (and Olivia Wilde)

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

So on the third day of SXSW I decided to take it extremely easy. I walked around, found free food at the Land O’ Lakes pop up, the Amplify Philly House, and Uber Eats. I saw a few friends and relaxed and it was a nice way to make nonsense lost hour with the time change non-sense.

Tameca Jones

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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 2]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

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A slightly slow start as panels and movies aren’t being looked into on my trip due to my badge, but also there is so much going on outside. There were plenty of activation spots to look into. Viceland’s roller rink saw a ton of people having a blast and looking like there were right out of the ’70s. Free food and drinks were plentiful all over the city. The Daily Show’s Presidential Twitter Library was just as hilarious, but also as frightening as you would think. As I was there, the President tweeted twice, and as it happened an alarm went off and everyone in the library rushed over and laughed uncontrollably. Again, it was hilarious, but also ridiculous that this is our current state of affairs.
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Recap: SXSW 2018 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Bishop Briggs

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, I got down to Austin a little early to hang with friends and get my badge. It was the right move as I had a literal zero minute wait time to get my credentials and then I saw some of the art exhibits and saw the city gearing up for the oncoming storm. East 6th was already shut down and people were definitely already in full festival mode. The mood was ecstatic.

As for the art installations, I saw Weaving by Cocolab, APPARATUM and hash2ash by panGenerator (Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Golinski, Jakub Kozniewski), and EVERY THING EVERY TIME by Naho Matsuda. Each exhibit was very engaging and I love that the arts are represented very well here at SXSW.

A Giant Dog

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Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016 — with 1 comment

SXSW

South by Southwest–the crown jewel and gold standard of American arts festivals. Spanning almost two weeks, it covers music, film, interactive, and gaming. Thousands of savvy young professionals descend upon Austin, TX like a swarm of bees trying to find, or be, the next big buzz.  I was originally intending to mainly cover the film portion and do music on the side, but that didn’t go down so well. I may touch on this later, but I think that the festival has possibly become a bit too big for its britches. But through all of the pomp and circumstance, there still lies an unforgettable experience…you just need to know where to look.

After a great deal of trouble with some shoddy airplanes, I finally made it to Austin. I always expect the worst, so the extra six hours of travel time, two of which were confined to a metal tube full of gross people (I’m kidding, your B.O. masked with 80’s-porn-director-cologne smelled amazing), weren’t that big of a deal. But just from the way my extremely late-night flight was full to capacity with 20-somethings, I knew we were all headed to the same place. Read the rest of this entry »




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