SXSW 2010 Chris Scott Karissa Rodriguez
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Hola amigos, this is Sarah Vasquez checking in. When Iâ€™m not clocking campus news for the Accent, I also moonlight as a professional music writer at Austin Vida. This is my sixth SXSW, so Iâ€™ve got the experience, the knowledge, and the stamina required to tackle a festival of this magnitude. While all you amateurs are suffering from heat stroke and blown ear drums, Iâ€™m going to be front and center, taking video and photos of the hot acts descending on Austinâ€™s downtown. From off the map parties to wild and raw day shows, Iâ€™ll be proving that, here at the Accent, we donâ€™t need no stinking badges (though I will have a full music badge).
Music to Watch Finding something to do is never the problem at SXSW. The real difficulty lies in sorting through the information overload to pick the events youâ€™re most interested in. Even without a high faluting badge or wristband, the vast amount of open to the public events can be overwhelming, Thatâ€™s why The Accent did that dirty work for you, and picked out eight of our favorite SXSW events for 2010. Be warned, information is liable to change so check always check online to confirm details.
1. Night of Rage II - Night of Mayhem,
The second annual Night of Rage jams an astounding amount of rough shod, lo-fi, cutting-edge punk and noise acts into its impressive line up. Grrl power gets a 21st century kick in the pants from acts like The Carrots and Explode Into Colors, while the city that gave birth to feisty post-modern feminism, Olympia, Washington, gets its day in the sun with sets from Gun Outfit, White Boss, and Broken Water. March 18 3 p.m., Baby Blue Recording Studio, 1522 East 12th St.
Indie rock power brokers Terrorbird Media and Forcefield PR step out from the shadows with this stunning Wednesday day show. From the lethargic haze of acts like Toro y Moi and former Austinite Neon Indian to the southern fried country roots rock of Those Darlins, this show is the perfect way to get yourself in the SXSW spirit. March 17 12 p.m., Red 7, 611 East 7th Stree t
3. Other Music Presents
The French Legation will once again be a part of Texasâ€™ history after it hosts the two day Other Music Presents showcase. Featuring on the rise Austin act Yellow Fever, the xx, and The Antlers on Thursday, OMP outdoes itself Friday with sets by new acts like Woods and Dengue Fever before conducting a history lesson on the roots of counter culture rock with special professors Pierced Arrows and Thurston Moore. March 18, March 19 1 p.m., French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street
When it comes to top notch student run media in town, the stellar UT run radio station KVRX only comes second to Accent. Friday and Saturday finds the station setting up day shows with sets by Javelin, Golden Triangle, and Teenage Cool Kids. Thursday night things are liable to get wilder than an F-bomb on the airwaves when KVRX reclaims the old Obama HQ for their legendary KVRXplosion. March 18, Abuelitaâ€™s, 1107 I-35 March 19, Okay Mountain, 1312 East Cesar Chavez Ste B March 20, Domy Books, 913 E Cesar Chavez
Since 2007, this festival has expanded to a multi-venue display of up-and-coming independent music. Former alumni that have performed in RedGorilla Fest include Cage the Elephant, Dead Confederate and Family Force 5. Centrally located on downtown 6th Street, fans can enjoy bands and musicians from a variety of genres such as acoustic, blues, hip hop and punk. March 17-21, Venues TBA With the abundance of cliched indie rock scheduled during SXSW, Giant Steps Productions provides a much needed relief with a week of loud, in your face rock bands. Located in the small confines of Plush Bar, the lack of stages gives a more intimate feeling as the fans are right there rocking with the performing bands. March 14, Beerland, March 16, The Parlor, March 17-20 Plush, March 20 Music Gym
8. Octopus Projectâ€™s Hexadecagon Show
The Octopus Project are bringing another visual experience to the masses during SXSW. The band is joining forces with visual artist Wiley Wiggins, who some may remember as the upcoming freshman in Dazed and Confused. The audience will be surrounded by eight speakers set up in a circle as eight images will project over their heads. March 16 7:00 p.m. and 9 p.m. Whole Foods Rooftop
From big screen premiers to mumblecore indie flicks, SXSW is quickly becoming one of Americaâ€™s must attend film festivals. Whether you want to rub elbows with celebrities, soak in high brow art films, or just scope out the sweet after parties, SXSW Film is the place to be. Below are the top 10 films, shorts, and panels that the Accent is eagerly anticipating. Please check the official SXSW Film Schedule for show times.
1. Kick-Ass: Based on the series by respected comic writer Mark Millar, Kick-Ass has everything a fanboy could want: gritty, gratuitous action, ordinary people acting like superheros, and a viral trailer where Nicolas Cage shoots his daughter point blank in the chest (spoiler alert: sheâ€™s wearing a bullet proof vest). 2. Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts: When it comes to Q&As, lectures, and panel presentations, itâ€™s sometimes wise to go with speakers that are likely to be entertaining over subject matter you find fascinating. Luckily, the Directing the Dead panel features over enthusiastic motor mouth Quentin Tarantino, his bosom buddy Eli Roth, and up and coming horror auteurs Ti West, Matt Reeves, and Ruben Fleischer. Even if these guys were talking about proper drywall maintenance, the pure, unfiltered geekery of the speakers would be fascinating. . 3. Dirty Pictures: Back in the heady days of the 1960s, psychedelic gurus were expecting drugs to expand our mental horizons and revolutionize society on every level. That dream faded away when baby boomers turned off, tuned out, and rejoined the mainstream, but chemist Dr. Alexander â€œSashaâ€? Shulgin continued to tinker. This documentary on the man who discovered MDMA (also know as ecstasy) should be almost as fascinating as a long night staring at your hands while contemplating the nature of reality. 4. MARWENCOL: After receiving a horrific, brain-damaging beating, Mark sought solace in Marwencol, the 1/6th scale town he began constructing in his backyard. This documentary investigates Markâ€™s unusual road to recovery and the unique way that art can helps heal wounds, both physical and emotional. 5. Enter The Void: Filmmaker Gaspar Noeâ€™s Irreversible is one of the most gut wrenching, hard to watch films ever created, featuring a horrific rape shown in real time as a nine minute, unbroken shot. His newest work, Enter The Void, doesnâ€™t sound as quite unwatchable as Irreversible but knowing Noe the film is bound to be hard to take in one way or another. At the very least it will give you something to talk about at the after parties. 6.The Ride: A new documentary film from Vice, The Ride follows the lives of bull riders, rodeo clowns, and stock ranchers in the Professional Bull Riders Association. The documentary includes a cast of hard riding, fast living, modern day rodeo cowboys exploring what happens when a classic American myth runs head first into modern Americaâ€™s big business .
8.Tub: The synopsis of this short film on the SXSW web site is: â€œPaul jerked off in the shower. Paul just impregnated his bath tub.â€? Why would you NOT want to watch this film?
To celebrate the second volume of their compilation, Versatile Syndicate is throwing a day long showcase at Hole in the Wall. Bands featured on the compilation such as Prayer for Animals, and Obsolete Machines perform on two stages at this free show. March 18, 12 p.m. Hole in the Wall
Films to See
9. MARS: MARS is a feature length film that follows three astronauts on the first manned mission to our neighboring planet. Director Geoff Marslett developed an animation process specifically for MARS. Filmmaker Magazine named Geoff Marslett one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2009, and he is quoted in the magazine as saying that the movie is â€œa big allegory for Earthâ€™s relationship to Mars,â€? but itâ€™s also has â€œscientists and robots and astronauts falling in love.â€? 10.Writing a Successful Screenplay: Consider the Source: Screenwriters get together to talk about the work of the â€œmodern studio scriptwriter.â€? The panelists will talk about â€œthe wide range of source material, how to use it, and how to write an effective adaptation that sells.â€? The panel will include novelist and Texas Monthly columnist, Sarah Bird and Shauna Cross, who wrote the film Whip It among others.
3. SUNSCREEN - Most of the free events scheduled when the sun is blazing, a little SPF protection is always essential for avoiding that lobster red rookie look. 4. EARPLUGS - You can buy some cheap foam ones at Home Depot, but real music afficonados spring for something that wonâ€™t make every band sound like a dull, muffled mess. 5. BACKPACK - Because cargo pants are for losers. 6. PHONE CHARGER - Twittering, talking, texting. they all drain battery life quick. Donâ€™t be left without a clue when your phone dies and your charger is back home. 7. UMBRELLA - Donâ€™t bring an umbrella. If it rains, you get wet. Itâ€™s part of the experience. 8. BUS PASS - What? You thought you were going to find parking downtown?
1. SUNGLASSES - Wear them during the day to avoid squinting. Take them off at night to avoid looking like Cory Hart. 2. WATER AND SNACKS - Pack a couple of Powerbars and a bottle of water to keep your energy up and avoid the dreaded â€œDorritos for dinnerâ€? phenomenon.
9. CASH - Whether you encounter a cash-only food vendor or youâ€™re trying to grease some wheels in order to get into a sold out show, it always helps to have cash on hand.
Hey, Iâ€™m Christopher Smith, the Accentâ€™s assistant editor. This is my first SXSW film festival, but it ainâ€™t my first rodeo. Unlike my sidekick Devon, I donâ€™t really know much about these so-called â€œbuzz bandsâ€? and â€œhot films.â€? Iâ€™m a down to earth Texan, and so I plan on using my own eyes and ears to evaluate these things, rather than listen to some city boy blogger. But if I do happen to come across that elusive hipster troll who dictates whatâ€™s hot and whatâ€™s not at SXSW, you can count on me lassoing, hog tieing, and branding the Accent logo on the side of that ugly beastâ€™s hairy hide.
7. Camp Victory, Afghanistan: This documentary tells the story of several U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Herat, Afghanistan and the Afghan officers they work with. The United States wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are often the 800 pound gorilla in the room we try to ignore but sometimes you have to stare the gorilla in the eye.
Hi, Iâ€™m Devon, Life & Arts editor and all around great guy. Even though this is only my second SXSW, Iâ€™m chomping at the bit to get out there and revel in every second of it, from the fantastic film premiers to the anything goes after-parties. My coverage is guaranteed to be different from all that hyperbolic nonsense being broadcast out of downtown. You wonâ€™t find any paraphrased press releases or buzzy gossip on my blog. No sir, here at the Accent weâ€™re dedicated to keeping it real, and so thatâ€™s why I will be going gonzo this year, reporting live from the subjective experience. So come along dear reader as we take journalism where itâ€™s never gone (nor wanted to go) before.
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