SXSW

BBQ |
March 24, 2015

Testing the Limits of Barbecue Science

Barbecue pulls at a traditionalist’s heart strings like few other cuisines, but it is no stranger to innovation. An offset smoker filled with brisket bathed on oak smoke has only been common across the state for about fifty years, but introducing science into a cooking process so reliant on

The Culture |
March 19, 2014

Going Secular at SXSW

The band Gungor is using the festival to broaden its fan base outside the churches where it made its name. Can it escape the stigma of Christian rock without alienating its devoted followers?

Technology |
March 6, 2014

Press Start to Begin?

It’s taken more than a decade, but Texas has established itself as a major hub for the video game industry. But how big a player can the state become?

Music |
May 9, 2013

Live Music’s New Normal

What's better for a band: gigs at big, sponsored festivals or the old, thirty-shows-in-thirty-days touring model? Divine Fits, the supergroup fronted by Spoon's Britt Daniel, debates.

Music |
March 14, 2013

13 Rules For Having Fun At SXSW

It's already two days into SXSW Music. It's crowded. The schedule app is overwhelming. But the festival is what you make of it. 13 personal rules from Texas Monthly Senior Editor Jason Cohen, whose first SXSW was in 1991

Music |
March 4, 2013

Found in Translation

American Sign Language interpreter Barbie Parker wanted to communicate the live music experience to the deaf community, so she started LotuSIGN, a company that specializes in imparting the emotion and feeling of being at a show to hard of hearing music fans.

Music |
January 21, 2013

SXSW: 5 Notable Moments

Another memorable SXSW included appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Anthony Bourdain, record-setting attendance, and the return of Matthew McConaughey on the bongos.

January 21, 2013

SXSW: Stratfor CEO Gets “Mic Checked”

During George Friedman's first public speaking appearance since his company was hacked by Anonymous, occupy protesters interrupted a panel he hosted at SXSW, calling him a private spy who worked for wealthy corporations.