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International Horror Films to Look Out For at SXSW 2023

By Jared Dudley Music Director   The South by Southwest film festival began this weekend, and while the spotlights are on high-profile releases with star-studded casts like Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and indie darlings which have generated a substantial amount of industry buzz like Emma Seligman’s Bottoms, SXSW is a festival that encompasses a wide range of films from around the world that vary drastically in genre and […]

todayMarch 14, 2023 16

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SXSW 2023: Artist Interview With Lola Tried

By Avery Viers Local Music Director The last time I spoke with Lauren Burton of Austin-based band Lola Tried, I had freshly been appointed as KTSW 89.9’s Local Music Director only one month prior. Unsure of what to expect when meeting the band, I scavenged the internet to absorb all of the information I could in the midst of my nervous frenzy. I was about five seconds into our introduction […]

todayMarch 13, 2023 26 1

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ASHLEY’S RECS @ SXSW ’23: A Playlist

by Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director The best week of the year is upon us! If you are a fan of film and tech, your week is already in full swing, but I am preserving my energy for the music festival beginning Monday the 13th. This will be my third year covering South by Southwest and I am more excited than ever following the expectations set by last year. Once […]

todayMarch 12, 2023 51

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Who I’m Most Excited to see at SXSW 2023

By Kenlie Golleher Rap Music Director   Getting accepted to cover SXSW as a music journalist has been the highlight of my year so far. With numerous artists from all around the world coming from industries ranging from music, film, tech, and beyond, SXSW is the home base for creatives and professionals alike to showcase their talents. This will be my first time attending the annual SXSW festival, and I […]

todayMarch 9, 2023 59 1

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San Marcos Sounds: The Beatnik Bandits

By Christian Villarreal Assistant Music Director In this episode of San Marcos Sounds, Christian interviews the Beatnik Bandits at SXSW 2022. They talk about the band’s history, their experiences playing at the festival and the influences of their new album. Featured Image by KTSW Multimedia

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Monaleo, seen wearing her signature bright pink shirt, pink glasses and blue beanie, smiles on stage. Behind her is the two girls she brought on stage to rap with her, as well as her DJ. Behind all of them is several psychedelic tapestries and a pink flag that says Soundcloud Next Wav.

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The Free Events of SXSW

By Bandera Barter Music Journalist Going to SXSW for the first time I really had no idea what to expect. I’ve heard about the crazy day parties and I’ve seen the video of Lady Gaga being voluntarily vomited on in the name of art, but this was all through a screen. This would be the first time I would experience SXSW for myself. I scoured the schedule planning on and […]

todayMarch 30, 2022 47 1

Two members of the South Austin rap/hip-hop group Blackillac, Phranchyze, and Zeale. Performance on a stage surrounded by trees, blue skies, and musical equipment. A banner off to the back left of the image. Stage speakers bottom of the image. Both members performing, facing the crowd, both hold microphones.


A Day with Dynamic Rap Duo: Blackillac

C.J. Okeke Music Journalist For my first outing at SXSW, I decided to start with an event that featured a local rap group called Blackillac. The live performance was hosted by the Black Fret and GSD&M at their outdoor day party in downtown Austin. Black Fret is a nonprofit organization that promotes popular music and believes it to be an art that should be supported.  They were the second act […]

todayMarch 25, 2022 73

The top of the stage reads, “SXSW OUTDOOR STAGE,” with a large banner on either side that reads, “SXSW 2022 OUTDOOR STAGE AT LADY BIRD LAKE” with a list of sponsors underneath. On stage, 5-piece group Mt. Joy is performing with purple and blue lights behind them.


Mt. Joy at SXSW

By Hannah Walls Music Journalist In 2018, indie rock group Mt. Joy played a SXSW show at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q with only three songs on their setlist. I had the opportunity to hear this little anecdote this past Saturday while anxiously awaiting their 2022 performance on the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, the largest SXSW stage. As I stood in the crowd of what had to be hundreds of people […]

todayMarch 24, 2022 90

Two guitarists play intensely in front of a red background with marquee letters spelling out "SXSJ 2022." The guitarist on the right is standing and playing a brown and white guitar, and the guitarist on the left is on her knees playing a black and white guitar. Between the two in the background is a drummer playing at a yellow drumset.

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South by San Jose Makes a Strong First Impression

By Tiera Allen DJ On Wednesday, March 16, I had the pleasure of attending my first South by Southwest event at South by San Jose. South by San Jose (or SXSJ) is an annual all-ages event hosted in the parking lot between Hotel San Jose and Jo’s Coffee on South Congress Avenue. 2022 marks its 21st year, and it prides itself on being “always and forever free.” Doors opened at […]

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