South by Southwest Festival

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Music festival fashion in 2014: Just the butts (with photos!)

    Editor: Kalyn Heffernan is a familiar voice to many regular readers of Backbeat. We've written about her band several times over the years. And this week, she's been sending us commentary on her third trip to Austin for SXSW. Read about why she still thinks it's worth it to go, and see every outfit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Photos: Every outfit Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan wore at SXSW 2014

    Editor: As she has in years past, Kalyn Heffernan from Wheelchair Sports Camp is documenting the band's trip to Austin for SXSW. Today, she's sent us portraits of each of the four outfits she wore at the festival this year. "I packed a good twenty-plus shirts/tanks, too many hats, shoes, and a bunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Five under-the-radar picks for the Starz Denver Film Festival

    It's that time again -- the Starz Denver Film Fest is here, bringing joy for the cinephile girls and boys. With almost 200 films in every genre, from all over the world, there's a lot to take in. To help navigate the schedule, we asked festival programmer Matt Campbell to steer us toward some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Hey, it's a Colorado Music Party at SXSW!

    Going to South By Southwest in a few weeks? Lucky duck! Jealous. Stop by Kerbey Lane and eat some migas for me, will ya? Mmm...migas... Where was I? Oh yeah, SXSW. If you're going and want to keep connect with our all your hometown homies and support your favorite local bands, Dani Grant, the founde ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Screeching Weasel at Gothic Theatre 7/13. Bow Wow at Gothic on 6/11. Tix on sale this weekend.

    While legendary Chicago-based punk band Screeching Weasel has broken up and re-formed a number of times since being founded in 1986, frontman Ben "Weasel" Foster, the only constant member, is hitting the road with a new line-up as part of the band's Heard You Were Dead tour, which stops at the Gothi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    SXSW travelogue: Wheelchair Sports Camp march for peace and makes dough busking

    Farewell, Austin: Kalyn here checking in for Wheelchair Sports Camp and Company's last night at SXSW! Grab a cup of coffee -- you missed a lot since our last check-in: We took our precious time getting out of our RV park home yesterday and loaded in our gear to The Jr (Emo's) at 6 p.m. On the way, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bringing the Mile High life to Texas

    South By Southwest is the place where you can run into damn near every artist under the sun doing their thing across these here United States all within a week. There are tons of performances, copious amounts of booze and good vibes aplenty. Austin has everything you can imagine to ensure the grande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    William Breathes's South by Southwest (mis)adventures

    A few months back, we here at Mile Highs and Lows begged and pleaded for you to help convince the folks at the South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas to let us talk about marijuana journalism at what is arguably the most important media conference in America. Thanks to you, we go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Illegal Pete's and Greater Than Collective's Second Annual Starving Artist Showcase SXSW

    It's that time again. South By Southwest is a mere two weeks away, and truckloads of locals are preparing to make their way down to the Lonestar state to showcase their wares. While all the individual acts will be playing various shows (which we'll have a full rundown of in the coming weeks), there' ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    The Coathangers

    Saturday, July 30, the Mercury Café, 303-294-9258.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Ballin' on a budget with Backbeat's own Brian Frederick

    Brian Frederick​ Thursday, March 17 From the outside looking in, South By Southwest -- at least to those who haven't experienced it yet -- might seem like an event that only those who can afford to flip for the nearly $800 badges get to enjoy. Not so much. There's a ton of unofficial shows a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp checks in from Austin

    Photo Roadies​ Wednesday March 16, 8 p.m. Kalyn here from Wheelchair Sports Camp writing about our very first trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas! Sitting here in the back of my van while the girlfriend drives us to Austin from the town of Denton, where we played two nights ago. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW travelogue: Take to the Oars checks in from Austin

    Take to the Oars at the Blind Pig on Sixth Street​ Wednesday March 16 We left Denver on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and drove through the night, taking the most obscure didn't-they-film-children-of-the-corn-here route possible to get to Austin. We made the trek in just over sixteen hours and pulled int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Air Dubai checks in

    ​ Thursday, March 17 We left for Texas early Sunday morning from the band house about 6 a.m (we planned for five, but we're never on time to shit) packed in tight in our two vehicles, Julian's black Jeep, which we deemed the "Pedro Negro" and Taylor's red Jeep, aka "The Red Fajita," which we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Help feed Illegal Pete's Starving Artist on their way to South By Southwest this week

    ​We're big fans of Illegal Pete's Starving Artist series. It's a great service for hungry bands in town or on tour, and it happens to be one of the more innovative marketing ideas we've seen in a while. That said, it's not always easy to dig up the ambition to head downtown to catch the series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    The Chain Gang of 1974 listed among SPIN's 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW

    ​ Props to the Chain Gang of 1974, who has really captured the attention of the editors at Spin. Last fall, after the outfit's performance at CMJ, the magazine praised the act for delivering one of the best sets at the festival. And now, the group, led by former Denverite Kamtin Mohager, now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Village Voice Media and Frank 151 throw down at SxSW with Wu-Tang Clan and Yelawolf

    ​WU-hah! If you're going to SXSW this year, be sure to mark Thursday, March 17 on your calendar with a big fat red circle. Austin Music Hall is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. for our annual Village Voice Showdown, being co-produced by Frank 151. This year, Wu-Tang Clan is headlining the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Enough with Kickstarter, already

    ​Kickstarter has proven a remarkably popular tool for, er, kickstarting all different sorts of projects. Nonprofits have used it with great success. So have filmmakers, video-game designers, artists and musicians. Crowd-sourcing your fundraising efforts is a very 21st-century idea. At this poi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    South By Southwest 2011: Candy Claws, DeVotchKa and Slim Cessna tapped to perform

    ​ Ah, here we are again, a new year. You know what that means? Yep. Time to start the South By Southwest countdown. The first bands have been announced, and although there will likely be a bazillion more announced, so far of the groups announced three local bands have received official invita ... More >>

  • Music

    May 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff CD release show tonight at the Bluebird Theater

    In advance of Nathaniel Rateliff's CD release party tonight at the Bluebird Theater with the Tallest Man On Earth, we came across more stuff featuring the winsome Mr. Rateliff that we thought we'd pass your way. If you haven't already gotten your fill of the extraordinary singer-songwriter -- wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Pretty Lights slated to be featured on All Things Considered later this afternoon

    Aaron Thackeray​ The Pretty Lights onslaught continues. After a string of sold out dates here at home and a gig at SXSW this past weekend, Derek Vincent Smith, who performs under the Pretty Lights moniker with Cory Eberhard, has attracted the attention of NPR. The broadcaster included the act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff, Pictureplane and Holley 750 get some nice SXSW press

    Nathaniel Rateliff ​Looks like a number of Denver acts caught more than just our attention this past week at South By Southwest. Nathaniel Rateliff, who played an exceptional set at Shakespeare's Ale House last week, impressed Michael Hogan from Vanity Fair (which also previewed a song from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Busting beers at home and in Austin: Over the Weekend

    ​Another Monday. Ugh. Not sure if reliving the weekend will make it better or worse, but we don't have much of a choice, do we? So, without further ado, some shit that happened between last Friday and now: • Kate Levy threw down at the Wrangler's Sunday Beer Bust. • Kiernan Maletsky shoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Moving Pictures: A first look at A Shoreline Dream's "Manhattan Beach" video

    Playing like a vivid dream sequence in which the members of A Shoreline Dream gently lull you to sleep, the act's new video for "Manhattan Beach" looks precisely what you'd expect it to look like just based upon hearing the band's dreamy compositions. Extreme close-ups of the members faces and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Hearsay bits: DJ Chonz available for your sweet 16, Overcasters and A Shoreline Dream lineup changes and more

    ​Sixteen Candles: Are you about to turn sixteen, or do you know somebody who is? Then pay close attention to this next item: Evidently, the one and only KS-107.5 drive time mixmaster extraordinaire DJ Chonz is willing to get behind the decks for you or your loved one's sweet 16 bash. You read that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Q&A with Nathan McGarvey of Hearts of Palm

    Black Mountain Studios​Hearts of Palm started out in the winter of 2006 as a pop song writing collaboration between former Roper and Black Black Ocean guitarist Stephen Till and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey. Within the following year, the project expanded to eight plus members and the band's so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2009

    The Photo Atlas live at SXSW 2009

    The Epilogues gentlemen shot some video of the slackers (yes, slackers! dudes were supposed to keep a tour diary but ended up flaking and passing off the task to the Epilogues) in the Photo Atlas performing at SXSW. From the looks/sounds of it, the guys were in pretty decent form. Check out the vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    How to cope with SXSW withdrawal

    All right, I'll admit it. I'm all kinds of bummed out. Not only am I feeling like two crates of ass specially flown in from Assville right now thanks to some stupid throat/sinus/ear infection, but I'm reeling from reading all the South By Southwest coverage from my colleagues (including a fairly mid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    The blog shortcut, March 19 edition

    Get baked. Today in Cafe Society: • Gateaux giving back. • Wine and cheese...and green chile? • Satchel's Market bags some special meals. • Up Close: Bones. Today in Backbeat Online: • Jewell Tyme Music tapped for Denver Nuggets pre-game show in April. • Epilogues SXSW tour diary. • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The blog shortcut, March 18 edition

    How many of you are hung over from yesterday? Aside from our managing editor, that is... Today in Backbeat Online: • Well, that's one way to make sure folks are paying attention. • BDRMPPL 7-inch hand delivered by BDRMPRSN. • Young Coyotes Daytrotter Session posted for free download. • Over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    The blog shortcut, February 19 edition

    Join us, won't you? Today in Backbeat Online: • Dialed in: local music on the radio. • Update: Lineup for Mile-Hi Fidelity day party at SXSW confirmed. • Holding on by letting go, part one. Today in Cafe Society: • Ted's Montana Grill offers a "real deal." • Today's bite of Cafe Bites. ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2008

    Mile Highlights From South by Southwest

    Nathaniel Rateliff puts his voice in peril while other locals prove themselves worthy of national acclaim.

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Sight Seeing

    SXSW was a real eyeful -- and earful.

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Top of the Morning

    This local label boosts Denver's national image.

  • Music

    December 1, 2005


    Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    The Beatdown

    The Golden Triangle was really golden during the Westword Music Showcase.

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Beatdown

    South by So What? Not this year, thanks to Vaux and other Denver bands.

  • Music

    March 20, 2003


    Fear of a hip planet? Austin swarms with the bercool during SXSW.

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2002

    Best Rock Club

    15th Street Tavern

  • Music

    March 22, 2001


    We remember the Alamo, but South by Southwest is now a blissful blur.

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Swing Low

    Has everyone's favorite retro-dance fad already faded?

  • Music

    April 9, 1998

    Let It Ride

    Silver Scooter glides down a familiar path but sounds good doing it.

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    January 30, 1997
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    March 29, 1995
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