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One thing we didn't expect to see here at South by Southwest were the virtual reality helmets. They were everywhere.

The South by Southwest music festival is well-established as a venue where up-and-coming artists get discovered. But it also offers a chance to hear from the music industry's icons — like veteran country star Garth Brooks, who delivered a keynote address at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW this week. Brooks kicked off his career in the 1980s, and he's still breaking records and selling out shows.

Tameca Jones has become known as the "Queen of Austin Soul." She got her start more than a decade ago, when she decided to forgo her dream of going to law school in order to focus on raising her twins. At that point, music became both her creative outlet and a way to support her family — and since then, her soulful covers of rock songs have made her a beloved fixture of the music scene in Austin, Texas.

Jones says that, while she feels she's been welcomed into the city's musical community, establishing herself as a soul singer hasn't always been easy.

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Two teen girls ditch their prom for a decidedly more psychedelic and life-changing experience in “The Honor Farm,” a midnight feature at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival that uses the techniques of horror films to tell its story about a rite of passage from a female perspective. Olivia Applegate plays Lucy, who finds herself on a vision quest to a derelict prison farm at night with a group of mushroom-gobbling friends. There’s danger, trepidation, and transformation...

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