Freestyle: Spotify, ‘Trainwreck’ trend at SXSW

Mar. 18, 2015 | 1 Comment
COURTESY ALLI HARVEY, GETTY FOR SPOTIFYThe Spotify House is a top draw during SXSW.

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The Spotify House is a top draw during SXSW.

BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com

Today’s blog installment brings you the buzz from South by Southwest, where as the Music festival kicks in and St. Patrick’s Day winds down, that buzz sounds more like a howl.

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ALOHA, SXSW!

TGIF Editor Elizabeth Kieszkowski will be blogging from Austin, Tex. during the 2015 South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival. Read more SXSW posts at honolulupulse.com/category/blogs/freestyle-blogs.

Announced Tuesday night: Hawaii’s Ryan Miyamoto, who with Samantha Futerman directed the documentary “Twinsters,” is an award-winner at this year’s SXSW Film — the movie won a special jury recognition for its editing. Fellow blogger Christa Wittmier, aka @SuperCW, introduced Miyamoto in her latest SuperCity post on the Pulse.

Meanwhile, Passion Pit will be the headlining act at the Spotify House, aka the SXSW party house in Austin generating some of the biggest buzz and the longest lines.

The house offers live acts and DJs in a house and courtyard that offer attractions like a Soulcycle exercise room, food and drinks. It also offers admission for both SXSW festival participants and all the local college students on spring break who are willing to wait in line long enough for space to open up.

In other words Spotify puts on the kind of party SXSW has become famous for.

On Tuesday, acts included Verite, Hozier and headliners Odesza.

Monday’s lineup featured The Vaccines, Buraka Som Sistema, Speedy Ortiz, MLKMN and El Dusty and finished with a bombastic one-hour set from rappers Run The Jewels.

It’s the fourth year at SXSW for the Spotify House; this year, more than 30 acts will be featured on two stages.

COURTESY GETTY FOR SPOTIFYClayton Knight and Harrison Mills of Odesza got the yard moving at Tuesday's Spotify showcase.

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Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills of Odesza got the yard moving at Tuesday’s Spotify showcase.

FILM/COMEDY BUZZ: Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “This is 40″) headlined a SXSW comedy show to a packed house at vaudeville-like theater Esther’s Follies on Sunday, shortly after his new film, “Trainwreck”, screened its work-in-progress premiere.

His appearance was hosted by online comedy video network Above Average and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. By the time he hit the stage, a line stretched down the street and around the corner, with SXSW badge-holders hoping desperately to get inside.

COURTESY TODD BIEBER FOR UCB COMEDYJudd Apatow performed stand-up in Austin as his latest film, "Trainwreck," had its premiere at SXSW.

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Judd Apatow performed stand-up in Austin as his latest film, “Trainwreck,” had its premiere at SXSW.

Before the comedy trendsetter showed off his self-deprecating wit, “Trainwreck” star and comedian Amy Schumer was her usual brash self for a stand-up routine; fellow “Trainwreck” star Vanessa Bayer of “Saturday Night Live” gave the introduction.

COURTESY TODD BIEBER FOR UCB COMEDY"Trainwreck" star Amy Schumer and co-star Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live") appeared in Austin at a surprise show on Sunday during SXSW.

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“Trainwreck” star Amy Schumer and co-star Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) appeared in Austin at a surprise SXSW show on Sunday.

More comedy stars were on hand, including “SNL” cast members Jay Pharoah, Mike O’Brien and Tim Robinson, and “Orange Is The New Black” star Lauren Lapkus.

Meanwhile, “Trainwreck” is getting great early reviews, with Esquire calling it “hilarious,” “dynamic” and “stereotype-smashing,” and Variety labeling it “winning.”

COURTESY  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNELNational Geographic Channel previewed its new TV talk show with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, "StarTalk," at SXSW on Tuesday.

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National Geographic Channel previewed its new TV talk show, “StarTalk” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, at SXSW on Tuesday.

ON TUESDAY, National Geographic Channel went deep into the galaxy with a first-look screening of “StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson,” the network’s first-ever late-night talk series.

Based on Tyson’s popular podcast, the new show will bring science into the realm of pop culture, gathering celebrities, comedians and scientists together to discuss “the latest developments in our vast universe.” It’s set to premiere in April.
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Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com or follow her on Twitter.

  • MountianTop

    you heard it here first!