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New Tech City

To Create Your Own Tech Job, a Little Irrational Exuberance?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When it comes to finding a job in the tech sector, sometimes an entrepreneur (aka Ideas Guy) and a developer (aka Coding Dude) strike up a conversation, develop some synergy and decide to create their own new product, thereby making work (jobs) for themselves in the process. 

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Waxahatchee: Heart-Wrenching Intimacy On A Spring Morning

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Watch Waxahatchee's intimate, early morning performance of "Swan Dive" at a bar in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest.

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Dave Grohl: A Punk Rocker, Gone Mainstream

Friday, March 22, 2013

We discuss Dave Grohl's transition from punk rocker to mainstream success with Paul Brannigan, author of the Dave Grohl biography This Is A Call.

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Ex Cops: Jangling Pop In A Bookstore

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brooklyn band Ex Cops performs "Spring Break (Birthday Song)" in a funky Austin bookstore during South By Southwest.

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What I Should Have Known Before South By Southwest

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I’m not a big planner, and it kind of screwed me this year at South By Southwest. But even though I ended up sabotaging myself, I'm already excited for next year. Learn from my mistakes, kids.

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Ten Favorites From South By Southwest 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

This year's South By Southwest music festival is over, and there's much to recommend. Soundcheck producer Michael Katzif recaps his favorite moments of the week.

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Day Five At SXSW: The Stars Came Out, But I Skipped Them All

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Soundcheck producer Michael Katzif recaps Saturday at South By Southwest.

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Day Four At SXSW: Brash Punk And An Enigmatic Pop Voice

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Soundcheck producer Michael Katzif recaps bands from Friday at South By Southwest.

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Devendra Banhart: What It Would Sound Like If The Shaggs Met New Order

Friday, March 15, 2013

Our coverage of this week's SXSW festival continues! We catch up with singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart, who just released his first full-length album in four years, called Mala. He acts as our correspondent on the ground in Austin, TX, reporting that, "we're deep in the bush, and it's burning." Plus he talks about writing music after a four-year hiatus in the visual arts.

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Day Three At SXSW: Waiting In Lines, Finding Calm, And Seeing An Old Favorite

Friday, March 15, 2013

The work of Michael Benjamin Lerner, Telekinesis always is just what I want to hear: big, catchy choruses, memorable guitar hooks, and the chance to see Lerner sing and play drums at the same time.

+ Listen: Full Concert by Alt-J, Songs from Youth Lagoon

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Day Two At SXSW: From Day Parties To Epic Showcases

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lucius is instantly joy-making, even before you hear them play, thanks to the band's matching black shirts and yellow pants or leggings. But as soon as you hear the band's catchy songs -- such as "Don't Just Sit There", it's impossible not to get caught up in the band's charming pop songwriting.

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Dispatches From SXSW: Waxahatchee, Youth Lagoon And Alt-J

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This week is the annual South By Southwest music festival  in Austin Texas. Thousands of bands are playing, and the whole city is swimming in music -- night AND day, indoors and out. Our digital producer Mike Katzif is there too, and he's been sending some must-hear sessions back our way.

Waxahatchee is the recording project of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Katzif and Soundcheck's field engineer, Rachel Neel, recorded Katie at 9 a.m. this morning on a patio outside Austin’s Yellow Jacket Social Club, thus the cars and birds that you hear in the background. This song, "Swan Dive," also appears on Waxahatchee’s new album Cerulean Salt.

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The Takeaway

SXSW: Bands to Listen For

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lest we forget, it all started with music. And according to David Brown of KUT, there’s still plenty of it that’s great. Wade through the 2,500-plus bands at South by Southwest, and you might just find the next headlining act on Saturday Night Live or poster band for Apple.

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Day One At SXSW: Hitting The Ground Running

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

You'd think something folky or dreamy might be the best way to ease into five nights straight of music. Instead, Soundcheck producer Michael Katzif saw three vastly different female artists, including a guitar-shredding Marnie Stern, whose debut album is called The Chronicles Of Marnia.

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South By Southwest Is Here! Now Who Should I See?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Soundcheck producer Mike Katzif shares a few artists he's looking forward to seeing at SXSW.

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New Tech City

Made in NYC Event at SXSW: Geeks Wanted

Monday, March 11, 2013

The "Made in NY" event was sponsored by the Bloomberg administration and New York Tech Meetup. It took place in a downtown arts center in Austin, complete with spinning classes on the roof and Makerbot machines churning out figurines on the ground floor. On the second floor, CEOs and reps from NYC-based startups like Sherpaa, Songza, Vook and General Assembly manned tables at what looked like a job fair.

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Napster Revisited

Monday, March 11, 2013

The new documentary Downloaded tells the story of Napster, the file-sharing service that ushered in a new era of digital music. Launched in 1999 by a group of friends that met on the Internet, Napster grew to 20 million users -- many of them living on college campuses -- before being shut down by a court order in 2001. Before he traveled to South by Southwest to premiere Downloaded, director Alex Winter (who starred with Keanu Reeves in the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure films) joined John Schaefer to talk about Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker and Napster's other co-founders.

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Binge-Listening Before South By Southwest

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In just two weeks, roughly 2000 acts will descend upon Austin, Texas as part of the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. To prepare, producer Michael Katzif is listening to some-1000 mp3s to hunt down new bands to check out. Listen to an ongoing Spotify playlist of bands performing at SXSW.

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