Panelist Says SXSW Ignored Security Suggestions, SXSW Apologetically Announces Summit 

Last week, South by Southwest abruptly cancelled two panels planned for March: one discussing how to counter online harassment, and another about “ethics in journalism” stocked with Gamergate supporters. Today, one of the organizers of the online harassment panel says SXSW ignored her security suggestions, right up…

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A Conversation with Run the Jewels About Weed, Food, and Friendship 

Trotting through a pack of struggle teens on my way to interview Killer Mike and El-P at Stubb's in Austin, I checked my purse to make sure I had the weed. Festival press is so un-chill—everyone's hungover or fucked-up and it's more inconvenience and repetition in a day already stuffed with both—and it was raining…

McDonald's Asks Bands to Play Show for Free, Is Dickish When Rebutted

Like many major corporations these days, McDonald's wants badly to get in on the SXSW action, reaping the benefits of the long-running music festival but becoming part of the reason it's not as fun as it used to be to attend. But because SXSW's core focus is (ostensibly) "emerging" musicians, as McDonald's put it, the…

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