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2:09 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

SXSW Drunk Driver Identified As 22-Year-Old Killeen Man

Austin Police Chiefe Art Acevedo addresses the press.
Ryan Poppe

Austin police have identified the 22-year old driver they allege drove through barricaded streets at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, killing two people and injuring 23 others. 22-year old Rashad Owens of Killeen has been charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'Bodies Went Flying' As Car Tore Through Crowd At SXSW

Bystanders rushed to help those who were struck by a vehicle early Thursday on Red River Street in Austin, which was crowded with people headed to South by Southwest events.
Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:51 pm

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Revelry turned to horror early Thursday "after a car plowed through South by Southwest crowds in Downtown Austin," KUT reports.

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SXSW 2014
1:56 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

SXSW Puts Spotlight On Latinos In Tech

The first ever Latinos in Tech event, which took place on March 6, 2014, was founded by the Kapor Center and Esquivel McCarson Consulting. (Kety Esquivel/Esquivel McCarson Consulting)

The interactive section of South by Southwest (SXSW) wraps up today, and for the first time it included three days of panels and discussions specifically focused on the integration of Latinos in tech.

The sessions were designed to make Latinos feel more comfortable in a field where they are underrepresented.

We hear a report from Veronica Zaragovia of KUT that for some Latinos, the results were less than satisfying.

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All Songs Considered
11:16 am
Tue March 11, 2014

SXSW 2014 Music Preview

Top row: Team Me; Middle Row, left to right: Kevin Gates, Agnes Obel, Lowell; Bottom row: Laura Stevenson, Moon Honey
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:37 pm

As excited as we are about NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase with Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis and others (which you can stream live on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Central), those artists represent a fraction of the massive party happening in Austin, Texas this week.

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All Songs Considered
8:54 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars?

Whether you buy a $795 badge or show up with a little spare cash on hand, SXSW has something for you — and will expect you to stand in line at some point.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:06 am

[This story originally ran on Feb. 22, 2013, but still applies today.]

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Valentine's Day cards that got returned with no forwarding address is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how music fans could and should approach SXSW, the gigantic music festival held every March in Austin, Texas.

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World Music At SXSW
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kao=S Mixes Traditional & Modern Japan To Make Music & Visual Art

Kao=S busks on Rainey Street on Saturday night, giving passers by something different from the contemporary sounds pouring out of the bars.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Tokyo-based Kao=S (pronounced 'kaus' - like house) mixes modern acoustic rock guitar riffs with the tsugaru syamisen - a traditional Japanese string  instrument - accompanied by the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Japanese sword performance.

The band is made up of Kaori (vocal/sword performance), Shuji (guitar/vocal), Jack (tsugaru syamisen and Daisuke (shakuhachi).

"Me and Jack played together in a different [group] and I met Shuji [when] I went to Shuji's live show and I talked to him [and said], 'Let's play together,'" Kaori said.

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World Music At SXSW
10:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Japan's Shugo Tokumaru Is In Control And 'In Focus'

Shugo said Tokyo audiences have been noticably resistance to his musical charms.
Chris Eudaily TPR

For his latest album, "In Focus?," Shugo Tokumaru maintained complete control over the creative process and played all the instruments on the recorded disk. In order to perform live, however, he needed some help, and had his band to back him up.

While the band delivered the songs with energy, complete with the subtle textural nuances that give Shugo's songs a little something special, he was visibly focused on the other two musicians during their performance the afternoon of March 14.

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SXSW Film Festival
1:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

SXSW 2013 Review: "The Other Shore"

Courtesy Photo

Diana Nyad is an athlete obsessed, but what's so unusual about that? Athletes are supposed to be obsessed. But to say Diana Nyad is a woman obsessed, now that's what makes her story so compelling, even worthy of a movie. And that movie was recently given several special screenings at SXSW.

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World Music At SXSW
12:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Marianne Dissard's Latest, 'The Cat, Not Me,' A "Strange Album"

From left to right: Andrew Joslyn, Josh Karp (Budo), and Marianne Dissard.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Marianne Dissard is an artist in every sense of the word.

She is a filmmaker, a poet, a singer, and not a single word or movement is wasted. When she plays live, all these elements combine on stage to deliver a story of depression, exhaustion, frustration, intrigue and joy.

The Tucson Music Factory showcase on March 12 at SXSW was the debut of her live collaboration with Budo, a Seattle-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is known more for his work in Hip Hop circles than World Music.

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World Music (& Film) At SXSW
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Award-Winning Documentary Takes A Punk Rock Look At Intellectual Disabilities

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät starts their set at Headhunters on Red River Street.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's Name Day), a punk band from Finland, is the subject of the documentary "The Punk Syndrome," which won the SXGlobal Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary provides a sincere and honest look at the lives of the four band members, who are all adults living with varying degrees of mental intellectual disabilities.

The band is made up of Pertti Kurikka (guitar), Kari Aalito (vocals), Sami Helle (bass) and Toni Välitalo (drums).

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