Seattle Office of Film + Music


POST-SXSW REVIEW: SEATTLE MUSIC IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

SXSW 2011
Alas, the week-long cultural cornucopia that is SXSW has come to an end. But fear not festival revelers: Thanks to the interwebs/media machine, this year’s conference lives on—and the musical presence of Seattle artists still lingers. The LA Times’ Pop & Hiss list of the “Artists, Quotes and Fights That Made an Impression” at SXSW 2011 includes a “hearty” mention of local indie-rockers The Head and the Heart (HATH) : “[This] band appears to be the real deal [….Theirs] is detail-oriented roots music, with violin-led slow-burners and harder-edged songs that shake like horses on a stampede.” The article also cites festival insights from Barsuk Records chief Josh Rosenfeld and Visqueen/Cobirds Unite’s Rachel Flotard. NPR sings the praises of HATH as well, in a SXSW retrospective that touts Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces to boot. Music critic Jon Pareles similarly opines on the laptop-fueled “electronic abstractions” of Shabazz in a New York Times featurethat explores SXSW’s critical mass and evolving interactive platforms. Finally, The Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson wraps up his local blog coverage of the fest with plenty of performance reviews, photos and videos not to mention the requisite SXSW taco-stand adulation. Check it all out for yourself via the links above.

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ANOTHER LOCAL FILM HEADED TO SXSW 2011
March 7, 2011, 2:56 pm
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SXSW: Film
After making its world premiere at Sundance, locally-made indie, The Catechism Cataclysm, is now set to take on SXSW. The film will screen as part of the 2011 SXSW Film Conference in the “Emerging Visions” showcase, which highlights innovation, creativity and raw talent from rising filmmakers across a variety of film formats. SXSW Film kicks off this Friday, March 11, featuring a diverse program of over 300 works– including provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more—over the course of nine days. Competition for entry into the Fest was fierce, and Program curators had to sift through a record-breaking 1,792 submissions to concoct this year’s lineup. More good news for Catechism: IFC Midnight just nabbed the distribution rights for the film, after hailing it as “one of the funniest [comedies they] have seen in ages.” For more info on the film or the Fest, check out the link above!

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THE HEAD AND THE HEART AND FENCES MAKE SPIN’S LIST OF “MUST HEAR” ACTS AT SXSW 2011
February 28, 2011, 1:21 pm
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SPIN
To tame the musical beast that is SXSW 2011, SPIN Magazine has culled the Fest’s 2,000 count performance lineup to select this year’s “can’t miss” acts—and two rising Seattle stars have made the list! The Head and the Heart and Fences are featured amongst the SPIN editors’ 35 top picks for the week-long Austin event. Of The Head and the Heart SPIN says, “This folk-rock outfit have been called the Emerald City’s Next Big Thing — and these five twentysomethings [….] are well on their way to fulfilling that prophecy. In under a year, they went from collaborating at an open-mic night at a Seattle coffee shop to releasing their self-titled debut.” SPIN also outlines the appeal of homegrown crooner Chris Mansfield—aka Fences: “The tattoo-covered singer-songwriter [….]sings with breathy earnestness, as if he was born to coo sad acoustic songs of relationships gone awry.” Check out the full article via the link above!

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THE CITY OF MUSIC RETURNS TO SXSW WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL SXSEATTLE PARTY

SxSeattle
The Seattle Party is back and bigger than ever for the 2011 SXSW Music Conference! On Friday, March 18, the SxSeattle committee presents an official all-day party packed with 16 amazing Seattle acts: MC Tilson, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fences, The Young Evils, Wild Orchid Children, The Globes, Black Whales, Campfire OK, MC Larry Mizell, Jr., Redwood Plan, Tea Cozies, Super Secret Surprise, Ravenna Woods, The Physics, Grieves w/Budo, D. Black, State of the Artist, Fatal Lucciauno and Sol. To learn more about SxSeattle or to RSVP, visit the above link. You can also become a fan of SxSeattle on Facebook or take the party to Twitter @SxSeattle.

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