The latest from our team at South by Southwest in Austin

Night Beds Get Back to Nature for On the Road Video


It’s the return of the On the Road video series. In this first of three installments from Austin at South by Southwest, Night Beds met up with the On The Road crew on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. They played “Borrowed Time” off of their album Country Sleep.

Thanks to our video producer/editor Dane Walters and his team in Austin, Stanton J. Stephens and Lacey Dowden, for their work on the mean streets – and parks –  of Austin.

Look for more On the Road goodness tomorrow.


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Video: Public Radio Rocks Day Stage At SXSW

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If you missed tuning in to hear the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage broadcast live on KXT last Friday during SXSW, you’re in luck. Our public radio partners over at WFUV in New York have posted video performances from all the bands that performed. Here they are in the order of the line up:

Divine Fits:

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell:

Iron and Wine:

Charles Bradley:



Vampire Weekend:

WFUV is still posting more performances today, so subscribe to their YouTube channel to see more.

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SXSW Music In Photos: Day 3 & 4

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A look at the highlights from our media teams coverage of the final days of  SXSW.

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SXSW: The Musical Highlights

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On Sunday, I spoke with Greg Kot about the new artists he discovered this year at South by Southwest. You might know him as the music critic of the Chicago Tribune and the co-hose of Sound Opinions. You can listen to our conversation below, where I’ve also posted music by the artists he mentioned.

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SXSW Music In Photos: Day 2

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Take a look at the highlights from our media team’s second day at the SXSW Music Conference.

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Photos: Public Radio Rocks Day Stage at SXSW

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KXT is broadcasting live from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage from noon to 6 p.m. The event culminates with a performance by Dawes at 4 p.m. and Vampire Weekend at 5. We will be live blogging photos from the show, so be sure to check back in to see the bands you’re listening to.


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The Big Screen: Reviewing ‘Stoker,’ Recapping SXSW

This week, Art&Seek’s Stephen Becker and Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar discuss Stoker, Korean director Park Chan-Wook’s English-language debut based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. And we run through the highlights of South by Southwest and make a few suggestions for how the festival can deal with its growth spurt. Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen podcast on iTunes. Stream this week’s podcast below or download it.

For a shortened version of our Stoker review:

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SXSW Music in Photos: Day 1

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Take a look at the highlights from our media team’s first day at the SXSW Music Conference.


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Top Tech Trends At SXSW Interactive

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The ‘Jawbone UP Band’ is one of many self-tracking tools people are talking about at SXSW Interactive. The wristband, which has been updated several times, now tracks your steps, your sleep, and can even be programmed to nudge you with a vibration if you’ve been sitting for too long. (CC, Arthbkins)

South by Southwest’s tech conference is winding down in Austin. More than 25,000 people were in town talking about the latest in the tech world. KERA’s Lauren Silverman talked with host Sam Baker about a few big trends this year.

3D Printing

Now that the price of a desktop 3D printer has dropped to only a few grand, it’s become accessible to people who might never before been able to get their hands on the new technology.  There are doctors printing custom prosthesis, manufacturers printing components for aircraft, even fashion designers printing jackets.

Check out other objects people are creating using 3D printers.

Self-Monitoring For Health

This year at SXSW it’s all about apps to learn about you. Especially popular are apps like FitBit and Jawbone Up, which you pair with a wristband to monitor your health and fitness goals – how many calories you’ve consumed, how high your blood pressure is, hours you’ve slept.

At one SXSW Interactive presentation, Leslie Ziegler described a full year of tracking everything from how much time she was spending in meetings to her weight gain and blood sugar levels.

Ziegler says there are two major problems with the wristbands and apps currently on the market: precision and usability. For example, right now many of the sleep monitors available aren’t accurate, if you toss and turn they think you’re awake and that can mess up your data. The other problem, Ziegler says, is that the hardware you wear around your arm or clip on your shoes isn’t always comfortable, or you forget to bring it with you. So for self tracking to really catch on, she says it needs to be much more passive and not require strapping on so many clunky gadgets.


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Thursday Morning Roundup

LOS LANDSCAPES: The Meadows Museum at SMU is currently hosting the first-ever retrospective of Spanish landscape painter Martín Rico y Ortega. It’s the only American stop for the show, which was organized by the Prado. But you can be excused if you’ve never heard of him. “He was a Barbizon School painter in the time of impressionism, and this helped relegate him to the history of also-rans,” Gaile Robinson writes in her dfw.com review of the show. “During a time of the artistic avant-garde, Rico played it safe.” Still, she says his landscapes – particularly his pictures of Venice – are “perfectly pleasing.” If you’d like to take a quick European vacation and be home in time for dinner, this sounds like a solid option.

DSO TOUR DIARY: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is enjoying a few days rest before continuing its European tour Saturday in Vienna. And the players should be riding high after a very well-received performance in Jaap van Zweden’s hometown of Amsterdam. If you want to keep up with the orchestra from a behind-the-scenes perspective, senior principal associate concertmaster Gary Levinson is keeping a tour diary for theaterjones.com. His first entry is now up, in which he recounts his rocky trip across the Atlantic.

DAVE GROHL SPEAKS: Dave Grohl will deliver the music keynote address at South By Southwest this morning at 11 a.m. Not in Austin? No worries – our friends at the NPR mothership will live stream his sure-to-be-entertaining speech. For more on all things Grohl, maybe revisit my post about the documentary he made, Sound City.

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