This year’s SXSW festival was tainted by tragedy when a drunk driver plowed into a crowd of people, killing three and injuring 23. One of the people in that car’s path was 18-year-old Mason Endres, who was walking with a friend when she was hit. She sustained a concussion, cervical spine fracture, broken nose, cracked femur, and a severed artery in her leg, and has been in the hospital since last Thursday. Endres had come to the festival to see her favorite local band, Jared & The Mill, but never got the chance. When the band heard that Endres, who is one of their biggest fans, had been hurt, they decided to bring the show to her, gathering in her hospital room to give her a private concert. “The pure excitement of everything got me through today,” said Endres. “Today I felt better than I ever thought I’d feel in the hospital.” Endres’ recovery process will be long and difficult, but it’s so good to see the healing power of music in action. [The Daily Dot]
South by Southwest, the annual music/film/tech/excuse to eat tacos festival, began last week. It’s a great way to see a bunch of bands and network, we suppose, but it’s also an opportunity to make new friends, in exchange for “services.” At least according to one Craigslist poster, who offered perhaps one of the creepier SXSW living arrangements.
So says the ad from user “Daniel,” “This is a simple deal: A free place to stay with many extras in exchange for your services.” Oh, services? What a quaint way of demanding sex! Check out the full add after the jump. Keep reading »
Dree Hemingway is a full-time babe. She’s the great granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, and was the model featured in the ads for Justin Bieber’s Someday perfume. So yeah, hardcore babe. So what’s up with this total mom dress she’s wearing to the SXSW afterparty for her new film “Starlet”? What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray’s noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven’t hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homeless Hotspot.” Internerds struggling for web connectivity are prompted to tip the men $2 for each 15 minutes of access. That’s just enough time to refresh your own Twitter mentions and stew in your own complicity in what now passes for charity. Keep reading »
The moment Sally Seltmann started to sing at the Presbyterian Church during SXSW, my ears instantly perked up. Maybe it was the sound of her angelic voice in a dimly lit church or her jaunty, delicate melodies that got me. After hearing her perform songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Heart That’s Beating (due out on April 9), I couldn’t wait to meet her. I sat down with the Aussie—who used to perform under the name New Buffalo and who wrote Feist’s mega-hit “1, 2, 3, 4″—over some French toast at The Old Pecan Street Café. And she was just as lovely and ethereal in person as she sounded in church. Keep reading »
SXSW is officially over. Teardrop. I seriously can’t put into words how much fun it was. My yearly trip to SXSW is important to me. Why? Duh. Because music is my soul. And even more importantly, because I think of it as my annual chance to practice being spontaneous (not my strong suit), to go with the flow, and reap the rewards. So that’s what I did. Keep reading »