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Life (and death) at South By Southwest

Music | Tragedy at fast-growing festival provokes public soul-searching and questions for other American mega-festivals. Are some becoming victims of their success?
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am

AUSTIN, Texas—Festival-goers at March’s South By Southwest have been asking if the music, film, and interactive festival has gotten too big for its designer cowboy boots. During this year’s festival, when drunk driver Rashad Charjuan Owens crashed through police barricades, killing four festival-goers and injuring 21 more, the question took on greater urgency. 

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Seeking the living among the dead at SXSW

Culture | This short list of bands, from the 2,000 that played South by Southwest, made my heart burn within me
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 3/15/14, 02:40 pm

AUSTIN, Texas—On the first Easter Sunday, when women went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body, angels met them and with ironic wit asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

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Listening for signals in SXSW's noise

Culture | The music portion of SXSW has moved far from its singer-songwriter roots, but you can still catch notes of greatness, if you listen closely
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 3/14/14, 09:40 am

AUSTIN, Texas—The South by Southwest Music-Film-Interactive Festival taking place this week in Austin moved into full party mode yesterday, as both the film and interactive parts of the festival came to an end. Music dominates now until the festival’s end.

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