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70s music revisited in varied SXSW documentaries

By Jake Coyle / AP Whether reggae, soft rock, hardcore punk or power pop, the music of the 70s is playing again at South By Southwest. Several of the many music documentaries at this year’s SXSW revisit acts from the decade, a time often skipped over in pop culture history. But for that same reason, the …


Buzz bands seek to cut through chaos of SXSW

By Chris Talbott / AP Members of the ascendant rock band Alabama Shakes can tell you all about buzz in the 21st century. They first read about themselves on the internet about nine months ago. They began playing in packed houses for enthusiastic fans after putting out a hastily released EP just six months ago. …


Cairo Jazz Festival suggests, ‘Egypt is Fine’

By Maha ElNabawi The annual Cairo Jazz Festival is upon us, and its organizer Amro Salah promises that jazz will pervade the city for three consecutive days with a series of live concerts, educational workshops and jam sessions. Marking its fourth annual year, the international Cairo Jazz Festival (CJF) will kick-off on Thursday, March 15, and …


At SXSW media zoo, convergence is annual buzz word

By Jake Coyle / AP Increasingly, the media zoo that is SXSW looks more like today’s overlapping media world. The annual South by Southwest Conference and Festival, which begins Friday, gathers thousands of creators, performers, media and industry members for 10 days onto the boozy downtown streets of Austin, Texas. It’s really three festivals — Interactive, …


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