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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2019: this year’s recommended keynotes and speakers

 
By on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 11:00 am
 

Every year without fail, you can count on the SXSW Conference to bring you an illuminating parade of industry visionaries and artists speaking next month in Austin. In a few weeks, there will be an awe-inspiring selection of sessions to sit in on and engage with as part of 2019’s Conference. Below is just a smattering of what music programming is on offer this year.

A$AP Rocky and Gorden Wagener (Monday, 11 March, 12:30 PM) – The announcement of A$AP Rocky as a SXSW 2019 showcasing artist has been huge. Quite possibly as huge is his session on the 11th of March to discuss his success with development and sales of his own athletic wear and accessories. (You can check out a recent interview he did with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 before a live appearance at the Forum.) Joining him in this session is Gorden Wagener of Daimler AG, responsible for directing everything related to the customer experience at Mercedes-Benz. The importance of creativity, branding and fans and followers will no doubt be discussed in this session.

T-Bone Burnett (Wednesday, 13 March, 11 AM) – He may not be a household name you recognise, but you definitely know his work. Musician, producer and songwriter T-Bone Burnett has composed the soundtracks for countless films and produced many albums, including those that launched the careers of Counting Crows and Los Lobos while helping reinvent and relaunch those of Gregg Allman and Roy Orbison. Burnett will be releasing his 13th album ‘The Invisible Light’ in April, so he’ll be chomping at the bit to talk about his newest work.

David Byrne (pictured at top) (Wednesday, 13 March, 12:30 PM) – The former frontman of Talking Heads and multi-award winner will be speaking about Reasons to Be Cheerful, a platform to drive social change he launched last year. The purpose of the Web site is to give people the tools and information to make changes locally to social issues as diverse as climate and energy to transportation. For a taste of what Byrne might talk about, I’ve embedded below a talk Byrne gave in early January 2018 at the New School in New York City.

Lance Bass (Wednesday, 13 March, 12:30 PM) – You remember him, Lance was the blond bass singer in *NSYNC. In case you somehow missed this, since his former ‘90s boyband’s implosion, he has become an actor of stage and screen and a gay activist. He even had a turn on Dancing With the Stars. Perhaps it’s surprising that his appearance at SXSW 2019 will be to talk about his current career as a film and tv producer. Like Madonna, Cher and many other legends in the music business, he’s proven resilient in successfully reinventing himself, his time as *NSYNC fading into the distance.

Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry (keynote; Thursday, 14 March, 11 AM) – These two female titans of Scottish music will be appearing at Thursday morning’s Music keynote. It’s being presented in association with PRS Foundation’s Keychange programme and will be centred on discussions about “creativity, the music industry and the female identifying narrative.” Both have been outspoken on feminism and and equality in the business; below, watch an interview with Mayberry at Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass.

Laura Jane Grace (Thursday, 14 March, 2 PM) – Formerly the founder and frontman of punk band Against Me!, Grace is a transgender musician who has become a role model for those struggling with gender identity and dysphoria. With her new band Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, Grace is headed in a decidedly more intimate direction with her first solo album. The changes in her life over the last 6 to 7 years have thrust her more into the public limelight, and I’m sure she’ll be using this platform at SXSW 2019 to revisit key events, as well as discuss the music she’s making while Against Me! is on hiatus.

Björn Ulvaeus and Niclas Molinder (Thursday, 14 March, 3:30 PM) – Ulvaeus is best known as a Swedish songwriter and producer of international giants ABBA and the co-composer of Mamma Mia! and other Broadway musicals. He will be making a stop at SXSW 2019 along with Niclas Molinder; both are cofounders, along with famed pop songwriter and producer Max Martin and manager Ash Pournouri, of Auddly. Auddly is described on the SXSW Web site as “rapidly setting the standard for how music creators, their collaborators and their representatives are identified along with accrediting their contributions in compositions and recordings.” A worthy enterprise, indeed. Ulvaeus seems like such a great interviewee, as evidenced from the BBC One Show clip from last year below.

Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond (keynote; Friday, 15 March, 11 AM) – The surviving members of seminal NYC hip-hop trio Beastie Boys will be stopping by SXSW this year for the Friday morning keynote session during the Music part of the SXSW Conference. Late last year, Horovitz and Diamond released Beastie Boys Book, 6 years on from the untimely death of their bandmate Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Ross Golan (Friday, 15 March, 11 AM) – Like T-Bone Burnett described above, Ross Golan isn’t exactly a name that will ring too many bells but I can guarantee you’ve heard and appreciate his work. Golan penned Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ and 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘Mrs. All American’, among others. However, I don’t think Golan will be in Austin to rest on his songwriting laurels and will be speaking on something else near and dear to many artists and managers’ hearts. He’s a major champion of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into U.S. law last October and aims to move forward with better best practices in issues of copyright in the digital age. He’ll be discussing this, along with the future of songwriting.

As always, the schedule of events at SXSW 2019 is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on the SXSW Conference, visit SXSW’s official Web site.

 

Live Gig Video: Coldplay perform (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) in Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s memory

 
By on Friday, 11th May 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Last week the music world lost a pioneer – Adam Yauch, better known by his Beastie Boys moniker MCA, died on the 4th of May battling cancer.

An outpouring of fan (famous or not) tributes quickly ensued, including this one from Coldplay covering a Beasties classic that was a little surprising. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVr4UP9ntLs[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #538: Beastie Boys

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

The new Beastie Boys single ‘Don’t Play No Game I Can’t Win’ features Santigold on guest vocals. The new Beastie Boys video (err…film) features GI Joe and Barbie dolls…???

It should be automatically assumed with anything labeled ‘Beastie Boys’, but just in case…this is marked as explicit. (And completely WTF. It was directed by Spike Jonze, if you were wondering whose evil genius this is.) You have been warned.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QIiVS_7Hs[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise

 
By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

I don’t really like rap and hip hop, but I make an exception for Beastie Boys. Eminem wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for these three MCs from New York. There’s no denying the infectious grooves and hilarity of their early gems ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)’ and ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’. There must be something wrong with you if your body doesn’t move when those songs come on the radio. All of a sudden, it didn’t matter where you’d grown up: it was equally okay for a posh kid in the suburbs and his urban counterpart to like hip hop. And I have some great memories of hanging around in a mate’s bedroom and trying to work out all the lyrics to ‘Intergalactic’ from their 1998 album ‘Hello Nasty’. (I still maintain “I like my sugar with coffee and cream” has to be one of the wittiest lyrics written, ever.)

In 2009, the world collectively held its breath when Adam “MCA” Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, Yauch underwent successful treatment that year. And so in 2011, we’re happy to announce their eighth album ‘Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2’ comes a-knocking next month. I will admit it’s kind of scary to contemplate that the Beasties have been around for as long as I’ve been alive. But in longevity they have the benefit of lots of famous fans, as evidenced by the new video for the first single from the album, ‘Make Some Noise’, that started circulating around the web yesterday.

To me, there are two things that a hip hop song must have to be successful: a wicked groove (preferably one that makes you want to “raise the roof” with your arms) and memorable, funny lyrics. The Beasties appear not to have missed a beat. Even if you took the words away, the track would still be seriously good, high-hats and cowbells banging around what sounds like old skool keyboard notes.

Then you stop to listen to the lyrics. “Leggo my Eggo while I flex my ego”? I don’t know if the UK has Eggo waffles in the freezer section of your Tesco’s, but I suppose it’s more immediately funny if you’re American.

My impression?

So crunk.

8/10

‘Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2’, the new album from the Beastie Boys, will drop on 2 May on EMI.

 

MP3 of the Day #69: Beatie Boys remixed by Innerpartysystem

 
By on Thursday, 11th June 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Ahhh, Beastie Boys. Some of the earliest pioneers of hip-hop, and although their almost all into their 40s now, they still have it. Whilst they finish up their forthcoming album, ‘Hot Sauce Committee’ (out in September), Innerpartysystem have given one of their tracks, BBoys in the Cut (an a capella track) the remix treatment. Download and let us know what you think below.

MP3: Beastie Boys – BBoys In The Cut (Innerpartysystem Remix)

 

Connect Festival announces more bands for its lineup

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2007 at 5:58 pm
 

I’d never heard of Connect festival before yesterday, when I saw that their lineup had been announced. Wow. Whilst they don’t have bands who have the mass appeal of the likes of Arctic Monkeys (booo! Hisss!) or Snow Patrol, they do have some truley innovative, exciting and interesting bands that make you have faith in the music industry for once.

On the Friday they have:
Beastie Boys
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Go! Team
CSS (Boooo! Hiss!!)
Nouvelle Vague
King Creosote
James Yorkston
Alex Smoke
Trashcan Sinatras

On the Saturday they have:
Primal Scream
Mogwai
Teenage Fanclub
The Divine Comedy
Modest Mouse
Sons & Daughters
Rilo Kiley
Vashti Bunyan
The Black Dog
The Only Ones
The New Pornographers
1990s

On the Sunday they have:
Bjork
LCD Soundsystem
Idlewild

Big Star
The Polyphonic Spree
My Latest Novel
Tilly & The Wall
Patrick Wolf

(my favourites in italics, in case you didn’t know!)

 
 
 

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