SXSW brings together a number of musical acts and local talents to Austin every year. Both big and small name talents grace the multiple stages and venues around Austin for your viewing pleasure. While there are numerous musical acts, there is also the film interactive that introduces you to short films with varying topics. With the hundreds of things to see this past week , it can be hard to remember all of the exciting performers and films. Here are some of our favorites.
Garratt is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Buckinghamshire. He performed at SXSW last year, and has only increased in popularity after being named “one to watch.” He just released his debut album “Phase” on February 19th. Check out one of his more popular songs here!
Erykah Badu hails from Dallas, Texas, and has been in the music industry since the mid 90s. The Austin Chronicle described her as a bright comet, “passing through and leaving” due to the fact that her performance was brought to a close by Austin’s noise ordinance policy. Even with that, her angelic and soulful voice made her a crowd favorite this past week.
Called the “Dr. Dre protégé,” Anderson .Paak was named one of the standout acts at the festival by The Guardian. The singer/rapper/producer is from California, and his music clearly reflects his personality. After his performance, reviews were raving about how he is the next big thing and the MVP of SXSW.
Tower is a chilling documentary that recalls student Charles Whitman opening fire on the middle of campus from the top of the UT Tower in 1966. The documentary features animated faces that eventually turn into interviews recollecting the devastating event. Watch the trailer here.
The Art of Organized Noize
This film, produced by Queen Latifah, went from SXSW straight to Netflix. The documentary talks about Organized Noize, the hip-hop production company made up of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown. This group worked with Goodie Mob, Outkast and TLC, and changed the sound of hip-hop forever. The film discusses their legacy through interviews with some of the big names in the hip-hop world. Here’s a link to the trailer!