Posts Tagged: sxsw

The Foursquare of Booty

"It's full of paper here," said Matteo Bormetti, speaking of the layers of flyers and posters covering every vertical surface around the Austin Convention Center during South by Southwest. Bormetti and his business partner Matteo Sarzana were in town from Milan to promote their mobile site,, which is designed to track and quantify users’ sexual experiences. "We have to do something special, something strange, to take the attention of the people."

For Nipple, that something special is large, bright pink posters. One shows a Fitbit-wearing penis and says, "You quantify everything, start quantifying your sex!" On another is a vulva with a beer bottle pointing toward it. It reads, [...]


Sia, "Chandelier"

Hi guys, I'm back! Emma and I have been at SXSW stalking rappers and refusing to engage with #brands, which were operating at a quite feverish peak this festival ("You could say it was a new low, but last year, I saw Public Enemy, musical heroes of my youth, perform “Fight the Power” inside a mock Doritos vending machine"). This new joint from Sia, which she considered passing to Rihanna or Beyoncé or Katy Perry and then decided to keep for herself, will serve as my partial review of the last 7 days.


Kelis, "Breakfast"

I have returned from the land of breakfast tacos and 70-degree weather (Austin! What a town!) and I just wanna say, all of you living in cities where porches and breakfast tacos are normal and expected and a part of your everyday life, you've really figured things out and I'm very happy for you. For breakfast today: this wonderful new Kelis track, which she performed at SXSW last week at NPR Music's Stubb's showcase. Her album, Food, is due out in late April.

Some other highlights, very briefly: at Fader Fort, SZA, who told the crowd last year she was "homeless" in Austin and couldn't even get into any venues, [...]


"You got a couple of 'em!"

"Seeking Asian Female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy — an aging white man with 'yellow fever' who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor."

The documentary is screening today (i.e. right now!) and tomorrow at SXSW — tomorrow's screening (Wednesday, March 14) is at 6:45 p.m., if you're in Austin. If you're not, Seeking Asian Female (official site) is reportedly "coming soon to a festival near you." (And Jeff Yang has lots more information on the Wall Street Journal's arts and entertainment blog.)


Sylvan Esso, "Play It Right"

I am a huge fan of Sylvan Esso—like with Wet, I am always very pleased to hear a gorgeous folksy melody strapped to a pitch-black basement beat—and I got even more excited for their upcoming full-length debut (out on Partisan May 13th) after seeing them play at SXSW; they were one of the few bands that pretty much all my friends went out of their way to check out, and the live vibes are so strong I went twice. Here's the song they closed with, a live recording from the Wilderness Bureau with Amelia and Nick dancing around like role models.


17 Bands to See at SXSW, or Here, Now, on YouTube

South by Southwest is one of the year's biggest music events, and for those of you lucky ("lucky"?) enough to be in Austin this week, here are a few acts you won't want to miss, in alphabetical order. (Non-attendees can enjoy from the safety of their computers.)