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Christine and the Queens, the Next Big Thing at SxSW

Laura Leishman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Laura Leishman

Beyond the big names, free stuff and non-stop parties, the real reason everyone comes to SxSW is to discover The Next Big Thing. This year, that is most definitely Christine and the Queens.

SxSW Music Journal: Day 3

Laura Leishman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Laura Leishman

Having risked my physical wellbeing by sampling one of the less healthy options at Whataburger in yesterday's report, I decided it was time for some pampering here at SxSW, which thankfully is in ample and free supply.

SxSW Music Journal: Day 2

Laura Leishman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Laura Leishman

If SxSW has a focal point, it's definitely 6th street, the main drag which runs through downtown Austin and plays host to a plethora of bars and music venues.

Natasha Lyonne on How Women Are Taking Over Comedy

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.19.2015 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

Natasha Lyonne, director Jamie Babbit, and writer Karey Dornetto sat down with the What's Trending team at this year's South by Southwest festival to talk about their new film, "Fresno."

Robert Rodriguez's Secret to Living a Creative Life

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Director Robert Rodriguez sat down with What's Trending at the Samsung Blogger Lounge at this year's South by Southwest festival. He shared some advice on how to live a creative life, advice he has taken to heart over the course of his incredibly successful career.

Eating South By Southwest: Suggestions For 2015 Visitors To Austin

Greg Garrett | Posted 03.18.2015 | Taste
Greg Garrett

Where should you fuel up this spring while you're in town?

Jason Schwartzman's Full-Frontal Fake Penis

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Jason Schwartzman and director Patrick Brice came by the Samsung Blogger Lounge at South by Southwest to talk about their new movie, The Overnight. The reason this film is making waves is the much-discussed scene where Schartzman and co-star Adam Scott drop everything in a full-frontal nudity scene, though the actual penises are in fact prosthetic.

How Bethany Mota Went From Vlogging Teen to Multimillion-Dollar Brand

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media
Shira Lazar

YouTube star Bethany Mota sat down with What's Trending at this year's South by Southwest festival to talk about stardom, hard work and how to be true to yourself.

Jimmy Kimmel Asked People About Fake Bands At SXSW Again

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.18.2015 | Comedy

Ladies and gentlemen, that's how you do an encore. Jimmy Kimmel had so much fun asking SXSW concertgoers about fake bands last year that he's back ...

Reddit's Worst Date Stories

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

NBC's Undateable kicks off its second season soon, and the cast was on hand with What's Trending at this year's South by Southwest festival to give us the scoop.

Where To Eat In Austin During SXSW And Year-Round, By Neighborhood

Stephanie Keller | Posted 03.17.2015 | Taste
Stephanie Keller

Convenience and close proximity often become the priority, which explains the allure of free tacos and BBQ for six meals in a row.

How a Texan Becomes Cool in N.Y.C.

Sarah Enelow | Posted 03.16.2015 | New York
Sarah Enelow

Upon going home and doing some research, I learned that the minimalist artist Donald Judd fled the New York art scene for Marfa back in the '70s, and slowly established it as an arts destination that was now enjoying serious notoriety. But as a Texan myself, I had not gotten the memo.

Judy Greer Gets Frank About Women In Comedy

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.16.2015 | Women
Shira Lazar

"I think it's crappy that we have to have the conversation," Greer said, in regards to the role of women in comedy. "'Wow, there are so many comedies for women these days!' That shouldn't be the conversation, that should be the norm."

Is Nick Kroll Leaving Comedy for Drama?

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

The League and The Kroll Show have established Kroll as a big-time comic. But his latest movie, which premiered at this year's South by Southwest festival, is a straight drama.

What You Should Know About Meerkat, The Hot New Video App

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 03.15.2015 | Technology

Call it Schrödinger's app: You probably just heard about Meerkat, and people are already saying it's dead.

Christopher Rosen

Adrien Brody Spent Years Renovating A Castle, And It Changed His Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment

Adrien Brody has an electrician. That's what happens when a person spends nearly a decade renovating a castle. Back in 2007, Brody purchased the Stone...

Breaking the Code: How the Ad Council Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 03.16.2015 | Home
Saeed Jabbar

Chances are you've come across a public service announcement (PSA) from the Ad Council, such as their recent "Love Has No Labels" campaign that went viral with over 86 million views. I interviewed Laurie Keith, Director of National Media Accounts at the Ad Council, to shed some light on how technology is used to empower their campaigns.

Comic Ben Roy on SxSW, LaughFest and His New Grawlix TruTV Series

Julie Seabaugh | Posted 03.13.2015 | Comedy
Julie Seabaugh

Before taking the stage at LaughFest's Orbit Room, Roy broke down his busy month and upcoming TruTV series with The Grawlix's Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

Live and Dangerous: SXSW 2015

Jeff Pollack | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

From rock, to hip hop, to EDM and beyond, there is something for everyone. After combing through hundreds of acts, here are our top 3 picks for cutting-edge artists to catch during the music week portion of SXSW.

The Science of Learning and Trying

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Mariette DiChristina

There's no end to what we can achieve if we all start sharing, working, and learning together, to help prepare our students for a future that is ever changing. I, for one, can't wait to see what we'll come up with next -- together!

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Larry P. Thomas

Over the last year I've subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have consistently helped me identify new trends, understand best practices, and spot high-impact opportunities. Here is a list of my favorites.

Texas Spitfire Abbie Evans Fights Epidermolysis Bullosa In Cary Bell's Butterfly Girl

Kristin McCracken | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

We caught up with Bell to discuss her advice to aspiring filmmakers, her philosophies on narrative non-fiction filmmaking, and what makes Abbie so special.

SXSW Shingerview: Keith Lehman, Sprint

David Shing | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
David Shing

Keith Lehman, Social Media Marketing Manager at Sprint, is one cool dude. He started his career at Sprint working at a retail store for five years, and worked his way up to corporate, doing development in marketing and operations.

SXSW Shingerview: Glenn Carter, 3M

David Shing | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
David Shing

From the chair hanging in mid-air held up only by 3M tape, to the art sculpted from 3M duck tape, 3M is a company that is constantly innovating and I was excited to hear about it from Glenn.