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Pizza is good: SXSW dispatch, Day Three

The first thing I had to do was find the holy grail of free Bloody Marys that I didn’t get to enjoy yesterday.  I arrived at the purported hot spot with my friends, feeling as thought I had already conquered the day, but defeat fell upon me when I realized all the Samsung promotional event offered […]

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Keep your hands off the security: SXSW dispatch, Day Two

I woke up in a new Bugatti (and by “Bugatti,” I mean a hotel room in southeast Austin) without a plan. I headed downtown, and I hoped that I would cross paths with something interesting. Once downtown, a friend and I made our way to the Floodfest day party—I’m not sure why, because the show’s artists […]

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‘Play something I can twerk to’: SXSW dispatch, Day One

Photographer Bridget Bennett is sharing photos and stories from her first-ever SXSW experience. Watch for more updates from Bridget this week and weekend, and listen to The Current on Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of the Public Radio Day Stage concert at SXSW. It’s a festival of standing in lines, […]

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Doomtree lead cavalcade of Minnesota artists heading to SXSW

Coming off their explosive First Avenue show last Wednesday, local hip-hop group Doomtree have a lot to look forward to. Starting March 5, the crew (minus Lazerbeak) play 11 shows around the western U.S.; then, Dessa criss-crosses the other side of the country with Welcome to Night Vale. The band will be in Denmark for the […]

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Prince channels James Brown at marathon SXSW show

Is it possible for the best guitarist in the world to put on a mind-blowingly awesome show… without touching a guitar? Yes, as Saturday night Prince led his 20-piece band through three hours of music (including quite a few covers and a couple hits), yet the Purple One left all the guitar duties to 3rd […]

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Why I’m Not Going to SXSW This Year

See also: MN at SXSW: An overview of the local presence at this year’s festival As a music journalist from the North Country, I’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity to head down Austin, Texas, each March for the South by Southwest Music Conference. It provides those of us on the ice-whipped prairie a […]

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