Cardiknox dazzled at SXSW


Cardiknox has been on our radar for quite some time now. They were one of our most anticipated artists to perform during last year’s CMJ. So, it wasn’t strange when we found ourselves standing front-row at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory when they took the stage back in October. Cardiknox serenaded us with all their glossy snythiness, flooding the intimate venue with lights and infectious melodies reminiscent of 80s synth-pop that would make MORE

Lady Gaga thinks way too highly of being puked on

Lady Gaga

When Lady Gaga was at SXSW, she employed Millie Brown to puke all over her. Roman Shower thing? Pompous arthouse fetishism? Who knows. But apparently, in her keynote speech, Gaga found a way to tie that in to Martin Luther King Jr. "I had a dream! That one chick barfed on another chick for a fake nacho chip company. Then I woke up and I was too freaked out to go back to sleep. Wonder what it means ..." Rolling Stone reports ... Speaking to the MORE

SXSW Film Review: Fort Tilden

Fort TIlden

I blame Lena Dunham. It all started when Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW’s 2010 Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. She took the reigns from the mumblecore pioneers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead) and sold it to HBO. Movies made by twenty-somethings about twenty-somethings now has corporate money to share its millennial neuroses with the larger culture. Girls MORE

Sir Sly took SXSW by storm!

Sir Sly

Sir Sly was in high demand at this year’s SXSW. If you didn’t catch the LA based band during the interactive portion of the festival they were in Austin all week performing their brand of brooding electro-rock. They played the Dr. Martens & Filter showcase at Bar 96 and Cherrytree Records official showcase. During interactive they performed on the rooftop of the Hangar Lounge for Deloitte, an official sponsor for SXSW. Betty Who opened MORE

“Hi, I’m Lady Gaga, and this is Jackass!”

Lady Gaga

A couple weeks ago, we posted about how Lady Gaga wanted to perform her SXSW set in a giant Dorito's vending machine, which got denied because that just sounds stupid and expensive. But don't worry! She had a back-up plan: According to HuffPo, Gaga got spitroasted (literally), rode a mechanical pig bull, and then got puked on by a painter. Oh, and of course it was all sponsored by Doritos, because when you think of Doritos, you think of MORE

Deloitte does SXSW


On Saturday, March 8th Deloitte, one of the largest consulting firms in the world threw one of the biggest parties of the night during the interactive portion of SXSW. Not only is Deloitte featured during panels about redesigning the workplace and how women are leading the way in tech, they are also connecting with festival attendees on the ground floor of the convention center. They are even an official sponsor of SXSW. When they are not MORE

SXSW Film Review: Take Care (with Leslie Bibb)

Take Care / Leslie Bibb

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you got hit by a car in New York City and broke an arm and a leg? Are there people in your life that would take care of you? Well, Liz Tuccillo, writer and director of Take Care has imagined that exact scenario. The charismatic Leslie Bibb stars in the film as Frannie, a single woman who happens to live in a four-story walkup in Manhattan. Yes, Frannie, with two broken limbs declines her sister MORE

SXSW won’t let Lady Gaga perform in a giant Doritos machine

Lady Gaga

Well, that's officially the dumbest headline I've ever typed. But yeah, Lady Gaga. Doritos machine. That's a thing that came out of her brain. NME! Explain yourself! The City of Austin has refused Lady Gaga a permit to play in a giant Doritos vending machine at this year's SXSW. The singer had been set to perform at the Texas festival's Doritos Stage, which is mocked up to look like a huge, snack-dispensing machine, but according to Stereogum MORE

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

Don Jon

"There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn," Jon Martello tells us in a voiceover in the beginning of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon. It's his version of "GTL," the phrase coined by MTV Jersey Shore star The Situation. For the record, it's Gym, Tan, Laundry for those of you who were fortunate enough to live your lives without ever hearing MORE

Exclusive: Watch Tegan and Sara live in concert and answer PopBytes’ questions!

Tegan and Sara

I've already raved about Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara's incredible seventh studio album, Heartthrob (iTunes), and without a doubt it has safely secured a spot in my top favorite albums of 2013, it's a stellar release. I recently had an amazing opportunity to ask them two questions (who were their heartthrobs growing up and who would they like to collaborate with) thanks to Walmart's Soundcheck Risers series, which they answered during an MORE

SXSW Film Review: Short Term 12

Brie Larson in 'Short Term 12'

During every film festival there are always movies that generate a lot of buzz. Sometimes you're attending said film festival and can see for yourself what all of the fuss is about. Unfortunately, sometimes you're stuck in the office that week and all you can do is refresh your Twitter feed and read the 140 character reviews that are gushing about said film. I experienced the latter earlier this year during the Sundance Film Festival. I had the MORE

SXSW Music Review: Charli XCX

Charli XCX

Last Wednesday was the first official day of SXSW's music portion of the festival and I made sure to catch goth-pop princess Charli XCX at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel. I've waited over a year to see Charli. Last year, she only played one showcase at SXSW and that was Pitchfork's which took place in a church and featured Fiona Apple. There were not enough prayers in the world to get into that showcase. Hype Hotel has become an institution in MORE

SXSW Film Review: ‘Burma’ with Christopher Abbott

'Burma' with Christopher Abbott

Burma is my favorite kind of movie. It's one of those movies that offer a glimpse into the lives of other people. A brief look into the trials and tribulations of ordinary people with ordinary problems. The camera follows around their subject(s) in an honest and vulnerable way. It's a film that relies on an emotional yet comedic script. It's a film that needs actors that can carry both the light and heavy weights. It's the kind of film that MORE

SXSW Music Review: iHeartRadio’s showcase!


Last Tuesday night kicked off the music portion of SXSW and PopBytes spent the evening at iHeartRadio's showcase at The Main in downtown Austin. Thanks to the folks at iHeartRadio we were treated with VIP access, complimentary high fives and awesome tunes. There was a line wrapped around the corner and the venue was already swamped with avid fans. DJ Skee was pumping out the beats in between sets by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Atlas Genius and MORE