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Exploring SXSW: Starcrawler, Lo Moon, and BOYTOY

I’m sure Lo Moon occasionally play shows in surroundings that aren’t pop-up warehouse venues under skies of artificial clouds, but I’ll have to see it to believe it. The L.A. trio couldn’t have had a more perfect setting for last night’s SXSW performance than the Sony-sponsored Trinity Warehouse. Multi-hued lights razored past the band into […]

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Exploring SXSW: Caroline Rose, Amy Shark, and the Shacks

“You are so old,” said the guy who checked my ID, shaking his head. “Sorry, had to say it!” Welcome to my life as a 42-year-old music writer entering the Pandora showcase last night at SXSW. The Gatsby courtyard has been transformed into a maze of VIP areas; dodging them brought me to a GA pen […]

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UPDATED: Minnesota artists heading to SXSW 2018

SXSW, which runs from March 9-18, features music, comedy, film and more. Here’s a list of Minnesota artists headed down to the Austin festival this year. Get that Gopher State flavor with this playlist assembled by Jay Gabler and Maia Jacobson; if you’re heading to the festival, be sure to stop by our Pledge House party […]

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In concert and conversation, Prince peers pay tribute at SXSW

“You could have been anywhere tonight,” said André Cymone onstage at Lady Bird Lake. “There’s a lot going on. But y’all are here, and we’re gonna have some f—ing fun!” To say there were a few other things happening was an understatement: it was Friday night at SXSW, one of the biggest annual music events in the […]

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Twin Peaks at SXSW: Music and TV fans meet on Rainey Street

Mysterious music has always been integral to the strange appeal of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Composer Angelo Badalamenti and vocalist Julee Cruise were as critical to establishing the tone of the 1990-91 TV series as was the Pacific Northwest setting and the actors’ deadpan delivery. It made sense, then, that Showtime would aim to make a […]

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A guide to Minnesota artists at SXSW

SXSW is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, celebrating film, music and interactive media in a whirlwind of events spanning several days. Among the hundreds of artists who will be performing at this year’s music festival are a few Minnesota musicians who will be making the trek to Austin to play […]

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André Cymone and Wyclef Jean to lead free Prince tribute at SXSW

SXSW has announced two free outdoor shows, one of which will be a Prince tribute featuring Wyclef Jean and two of Prince’s closest musical collaborators: André Cymone and Dez Dickerson. On Friday, March 17, the three will be joined by guitarist Micki Free (formerly of “Second Time Around” hitmakers Shalamar) and “more special guests TBA” […]

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