I think maybe it’s time that Lady Gaga reinvented herself as a lady who sits on a stool and plays guitar while wearing clogs and a cardigan, because at this point that would probably be more shocking than anything she’s choosing to do these days. Take, for instance, her new performance at SXSW, in which she sang “Swine” while someone vomited on her. More
It’s looking more and more likely that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are getting back together. So please, take a moment to look at where you are right now and what you’re doing. Because in 50 years when your kids ask you where you were when romance officially died, you’ll be able to answer truthfully. More
In case you thought that SXSW Film Festival in no way applies to your life, think again ladies! I know we’re all filmed-out after this intense awards season, and maybe you don’t have enough energy to care about the soundbites coming from SXSW right now. But after reading what Mindy Kaling had to say during her panel, I think you’ll change your mind. More
The South by Southwest Film Festival kicked off today and the SXSW Music Festival portion will begin next week. This means that thousands upon thousands of tech geeks, music nerds, pretentious film school grads, artists, producers and celebrities who couldn’t get backstage for Coachella will descend upon the city of Austin, Texas, infiltrating its every crux and Instagramming its every fried dish. More
About a month ago, Imagine Dragons’ Continued Silence EP starting popping up all over my newsfeed. And right around the time I finally listened to it, I got an offer to interview them. And then I got worried that I would sound like a crazy fangirl during the interview. Because in a matter of days, I had become obsessed with Imagine Dragons. I love them. More
As Joss Whedon told fans at his The Cabin in the Woods panel at SXSW, he and the folks behind Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog are gearing up for the sequel. He said, “All of us are looking at this summer as the time when we can go, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve got a little free time, let’s get unstuck.’” More
At SXSW, Friskies debuted You vs. Cat, an iPad game where you basically play air hockey against your pet. Not surprisingly, Buddy the cat is still the reigning champion. More
Before you swipe your Ray-Ban glasses clean to feast your eyes upon the SXSW schedule, take a second to appreciate the current calm and quiet in your life, because the minute you touch down in Austin, Texas it’s all going to be a blur. Trust me, as a South By veteran who’s a born-and-raised Austinite, I would know. More
This is all the Valentine’s Day present I need. (Click through for details and some of Fiona’s music videos.) More
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When I was in high school, I had a crush on this MTV guy. I’m not going to set off his Google alert, but suffice it to say he had glasses (oh, did he ever!) and seemed like the kind of nice Jewish boy I’d like to talk about literature and the news with while snuggling. After high school, I kind of forgot about him, but when a mutual friend offered to bring me to his birthday party a few years ago (’09), I took him up on the offer. More
At SXSW last week, 4chan founder Christopher Poole (known for a long time only by his screen name moot) criticized Mark Zuckerberg‘s vision for an online identity. Where the viewpoints of these two pivotal Internet players diverge is the dilemma of whether people should use their real name or a pseudonym on various websites. More
What? No really, what? Some nutcase hanging around SXSW was spotted wearing this vegetable mass on his head — which is already weird — but add the two iPhones that stand in for his eyes and you’re at WTFF-level weirdness (an extra F always makes the point more dramatically). Alert your local cryptozoologist: America’s dumbest human has finally been tracked down. More
SXSW drew to a close yesterday, and all that remains is a couple hundred BBQ stains on couple hundred plaid shirts. Did you miss the festival? We did too, but here’s a summary of what happened, based on a perusal of event photos: a lot of artists looked like they were eating their microphones. Is that a thing now? Check out our gallery of mics-as-meals. More
Joe Nicolosi‘s reimagination of Super Mario Bros., in the form of a faux trailer that debuted at SXSW (via The Daily What), may be the best live-action take on Mario that I’ve seen, for the following reasons:
1. The gritty indie aesthetic.
2. Bowser as a yuppie who sneers, “Your princess? She’s in another castle.”
3. Mario’s sad face.
4. “You goomba!” “I don’t know where she is!”
5. Makeshift levels that incorporate mini golf castles, go karts, and what looks like a game of DDR. More