Macaulay Culkin, gun nuts, and Detroit bands close out SXSW 2014

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we have five writers—Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Marc Hawthorne—in townHere’s our daily mini-reports on the best stuff we saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

“Can you feel how much exposure our brand is getting?” SXSW 2014, day 4

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we have five writers—Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Marc Hawthorne—in town. Here’s our daily mini-reports on the best stuff we saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Lady Gaga gets puked on as Willie Nelson sails the Whiskey River at SXSW

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we have five writers—Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Marc Hawthorne—in town. Here’s our daily mini-reports on the best stuff we saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Tragedy mars the second day of SXSW 2014

After what happened in the early hours of Thursday morning on one of SXSW’s main thoroughfares, any sort of “Hey, we saw this band and it was good” recap feels understandably frivolous. Although most of the A.V. Club staff was at Stubb’s on Red River—a block or two from where everything happened—none of us was ever in…

Diddy, Pete Holmes, and Coldplay kick off The A.V. Club’s SXSW coverage

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we had three writers—Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, and Marc Hawthorne—down there on Tuesday night. We’ll beef up to five for tomorrow, but for now, here’s our daily mini-reports on the best stuff we saw, ate, and did.

Who was your first pop culture crush?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The album you’ve loved longest

I’m turning 50 in April, but I’m putting aside how shocking that is. I’ve been pulling together a mix of one defining song for me for each year from 1963 to the present, in terms of the songs I most love now that was released then. I wasn’t aware of many good songs in the ’60s at that age, so including a Dylan or

Tail between legs: 27 solo albums that sent musicians scurrying back to their main bands

1. Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper (2009)
Band members who go solo ought to know—or at least their labels ought to know—that fans won’t necessarily recognize their actual names. When he stepped out on his own, Interpol singer-guitarist Paul Banks actually took steps that seemed designed to disguise his…

No training, no medical license, no problem!: 20 scenes where civilians perform surgery

1. A friend with a hunting knife performs a C-section on The Walking Dead (2012)
When there’s no doctor around, a person in dire need of a medical procedure will have to accept whatever hands are available. These civilian surgeons need some combination of luck, dexterity, and emotional fortitude to pull off what it…

SXSW Saturday capped off by The Coup, The Thermals, and more

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we sent five writers—Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, and Marc Hawthorne—who will be filing daily mini-reports on the best stuff they saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do

Usher, Afghan Whigs, and Green Day top Friday's SXSW round-up

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we sent five writers—Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, and Marc Hawthorne—who will be filing daily mini-reports on the best stuff they saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do

Third Eye Blind and two different groups of punks provide Thursday’s SXSW highlights

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we sent five writers—Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, and Marc Hawthorne—who will be filing daily mini-reports on the best stuff they saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do

Wednesday’s SXSW experience highlighted by Iggy And The Stooges and pork-belly sliders 

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we sent five writers—Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, and Marc Hawthorne—who will be filing daily mini-reports on the best stuff they saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do

Tonight, let’s be lovers: 18 songs about one-night stands

1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, “We’ve Got Tonight” (1978)
Considering Bob Seger grew up near Detroit and wrote pub classics like “Old Time Rock And Roll” and “Night Moves,” it’s fairly safe to assume that he’s spent some time in a bar or two, watching sad, drunk loners try to find love. “We’ve Got Tonight”…

Best album-opening one-two punches

Scott Tobias asks: In a classic Scharpling & Wurster bit called “Kid eBay,” the last track on their album Hippie Justice, Wurster calls in as the eponymous online auction whiz-kid. Eventually, the conversation turns to this question: What is the best one-two punch to kick off an album? Wurster’s character submits

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