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  • More Epic SXSW 2018 Music Festival Photos from Austin

    by Denise Enriquez

  • Westworld HBO was the Highlight for Many at SXSW 2018

    This year HBO outdid themselves with this amazing interactive experience. Last year they had a cool escape room set in several tv set stages of Veep, Silicone Valley, and Game of Thrones). This year, fans got to experience Westworld– a show with a cult following. ‘Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris‘ (Wikipedia).

    We got to enjoy the fun which started at East Austin’s bar where we checked in and hopped a shuttle about 30 minutes east of town (locals know this as a ghost town village near Manor, TX). We were greeted with a summary drink and either a black or white cowboy hat. When we arrived to the ‘activation’, we were immediately immersed into the world, the sets, the town (Sweetwater) the acting of Westworld. With gun fights, fist fights, robot labs, and a leader who signals when to ‘turn off’ as they go back to their places, this was a creative and fun fan experience for all. Complete with saloons (free drinks), post office, sheriff’s office, robotic lab, and more, it was a total wild west town. Reservations were required and went fast, making this a buzz, exclusive experience at SXSW 2018.

    You can also check out our photos on our site of the Westworld panel session involving the cast. 

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  • Interview: New World Cup Soccer PHENOMS Documentary Preview at SXSW 2018

    FOX Sports hosted a sneak peek of the highly anticipated World Cup™ documentary series, PHENOMS, at the FOX Sports House during SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas. We love that SXSW has included a sports track now and how this also ties into the SXSW Film Festival.

    Phenoms is a documentary series that tracks 60 elite players from 20 countries on their quest to make the 2018 World Cup. The series will debut on FOX and FS1 on May 25, 2018. The timing is perfect as we gear up for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia in June/July. More film and event details are listed below.

    We were fortunate to speak with filmmakers David Warthen Brooks and soccer legend Mario Melchiot. We asked questions about following female phenoms, how the U.S. is doing, what inspired the film, and more. These guys were professional, fun and couldn’t be nicer. Watch our interview below.


    PHENOMS is a 5-part documentary mini-series that chronicles the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 World Cup™. The series allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.  Some of the players featured include young stars from the world’s top clubs and countries such as Dele Alli, Davinson SanchezMarco AsensioPaulo DybalaGabriel JesusOusmane Dembele, Adrien RabiotLeon GoretzkaCorentin TolissoHirving Lozano and Marquinhos.

    In addition to our interview, Gordon Ramsay (Star of FOX’s MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen), participated in a discussion about global soccer trends and the film. The panel was led by FOX Sports Studio Host Rob Stone with Ramsay, Mario Melchiot (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; former professional player) and David Worthen Brooks (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; Vice President, FOX Digital Studio), and Eric Shanks, President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports.

    For the official Fox Sports video and details on each of the Phenom athletes, Watch here.

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  • The Best SXSW Music Parties in Austin 2018

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  • Music Festival Preview SXSW 2018 Austin

    Music Preview: SXSW 2018

    by Alyssa Quiles
    SXSW is upon us once again and along with the film and technology portions of the festival, comes music as well. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect this year when it comes to must see artists and showcases.
    The Music Festival runs March 12-18, with over 2000 official performers and with genres like pop and metal to everything in between, you can bet that there will be plenty of showcases to visit. Be aware of what type of showcase it is, some of these will be free, but you must get there early if you want to get into the venue. Other showcases may be invite only, so if you really want to see a certain show, make sure that it’s not closed off to the public, and if it is, get yourself an invitation if possible.

    Pandora is back again this year, they will be having their showcases from the 13-15 at the Gatsby. Just a few names of who will be there are Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, YFN Lucci, Lil Xan, Walloas and Dashboard Confessional along with many other bands performing during the day and in the evenings.
    Soccer Mommy, SOB x RBE, Mozzy, Now Now, YBN Nahmir, and BbyMutha and more will be playing at Fader Fort this year at a new location not far from the old one. A few of the biggest names in hip hop music have performed at this showcase so make sure to check it out.
    Bandsintown will be giving their first-ever official showcase: Bandsintown Big Break. FOXTRAX, Sisters, The Lagoons, Peach Pit, and Sneaks will all be there at the Javelina on the 14th. Make sure to RSVP, it will be a show you don’t want to miss.

    Be sure to check out some bands from overseas at the British Music Embassy. This showcase brings some of the hottest talent from the UK and gives its audience a variety of music genres. The showcase starts Monday the 12th and ends Saturday starting at 8pm each day.
    Other showcases include: Tumblr presents Show Up, Australia House, SXSBreaks, The Budweiser Country Club, AWAL Emerging, New West Records, Sony #LostInMusic and many more.
    Because it’s SXSW, there’s bound to be some big name artists performing this week. The Willie Nelson’s invite partyLuck Reunion at his Luck Ranch, is always a fun time with killer music including Willie and his family. Hot names this year include Kurt Vile, Paul Cauthen Nikki Lane, and more (it ain’t all country).

    Rachael Rae’s Feedback-our fave- will be at Stubb’s Saturday March 17th (as well as her invite only Feedback House). This year’s artists include Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Heart Band (Matt Bellamy), hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa, Girl Talk, The Cringe will also be there along with many more. Free food and free drinks all day, 10am-4pm, make sure you don’t miss it! Flo Rida will also will be at McGarrah Jessee Rooftop Friday night, March 18. Khalid will performing at Trinity Warehouse on March 15. Willow Smith will be headlining ICM X Cantu “Women Represent” at the Belmont on the 15th. Super group, August Greene, featuring rapper Common, and producers Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, will be performing at Stubb’s, March 14. Ludacris is around this year (including Rodeo Austin) so he may pop up in many places.

    Keith Urban is doing a set at Stubb’s which will be special seeing this A-lister in a small venue up-and-close. Nice to see country music represented. Other must-hit shows include Preservation Hall Band, The Roots (at Bud Light), Kurtis Blow, Khalid and more.
    If you don’t have a badge or wristband, there is still plenty to enjoy and see, The SXSW Outdoor stage and Waterloo Records’ Parties and Southwest Invasion are great examples. Amplify Philly is back with cool sets with legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and more.
    The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is back again March 15- 17 and this event is free to the public and a great way to relax while listening to what could be some new tunes. Headliners include Los Lobos, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Roky Erickson. Waterloo Records has free music and food from the 14-17th. Headliners include, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Weather Station and Andrew W.K. Southwest Invasion is at Whole Foods Market the 15-17th. The event is free for all ages and there are over 40 artists that will be there from all types of music genres.
    Downtown, have a little bit of time to spare and don’t know what to do? Walk down 6th street or head a little south to Rainey street and check out all the interactive displays, pop-up shops and, most importantly, free food! There is plenty to do during SXSW so you never have to a dull or boring moment.

    KGSR does their cool annual live morning broadcast show this year at the W Austin with great acts like Elle King and Cold War Kids.

    If you’re hanging at ACC, check out the really cool Radio Day Stage that has big names and small up and coming international musicians- see them here first! Don’t forget the Eastside for cool venues like Hotel Vegas and others that have killer shows. Empire Control Room has a killer lineup too- check out some shows there. And remember about Antone’sCheer Up Charlies, The Mohawk, Emo’s, ACL Live, Hype Hotel, Pandora and other great venues with killer lineups. Sadly this year’s fest doesn’t seem to include the annual SPIN Magazine showcases.

    Don’t just look for big name shows- go discover amazing new music from artists from around the world. You can check out all the artists, where and when they’re playing on  (SXSW Music) or on the official SXSW App.

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  • Little Big Town, Midland & Kacey Muscgraves Concert Review

    by Denise Enriquez

    There were hits for every fan’s pleasure at Little Big Town’s “The Breakers Tour” performed in Austin’s Frank Erwin Center in February. Concert-goers were treated to many facets of the quartet’s versatile musical styles, their extensive repertoire of hits and a few tributes to their influences. There were slower heartfelt hits like “Better Man” and “Girl Crush” and they also covered timeless classics, opening to a space themed set with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” then later visiting a detached smaller rotating stage where a piano was set up to perform Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” as well as a couple of Don Williams songs. Crowd favorites were the upbeat & energetic songs, such as “Pontoon”, “Boondocks”, and “Day Drinking”, during the latter opening act Midland joined the group onstage.


    Earlier in the evening, up and coming trio from Austin, Midland kicked off the show from the “island” stage set up in the rear center of the Frank Erwin Center floor. The short set was met with a hometown welcome from the crowd; established in Dripping Springs, Midland’s hit “Drinkin’ Problem” was clearly a fan favorite. Following Midland, Kacey Musgraves fans were treated to an intimate and elegant set of both old and new, unreleased material. The crowd responded favorably to new tune “Space Cowboy”. Her hits “Merry Go Round” and “Follow Your Arrow” were performed on the smaller detached stage, a treat for the rear and center seat-holders.

    SET LIST, Little Big Town:
    Rocket Man
    Drivin’ Around
    Happy People
    Front Porch Thing
    Faster Gun
    Little White Church
    Bring It On Home
    Your Side Of The Bed
    Lord I Hope This Day Is Good/I Believe in You
    Wichita Lineman
    I’m With The Band
    Save Your Sin
    Better Man
    Lost In California
    Can’t Go Back
    When Someone Stops Loving You
    Day Drinking
    Stay All Night

    Girl Crush

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