SXSW 2020 Film Review: “Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is a documentary about a unique time in music history where musicians, hippies and creative types all lived in a rustic canyon in the heart of Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Slated to have premiered at SXSW 2020, the film celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Love, The Mamas And The Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors, Frank Zappa and more. Laurel Canyon provided an outlet for musicians to create some of the most influential and infamous albums.

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Austin Music Foundation Announces Free Virtual Consultations and Online Music Business Workshop

Announced today, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) are moving their programs online for the time being and will continue providing consultation services at no cost to the Austin music community. They also announced their free webinar “Time to Pivot: Adjusting Your Music Business Strategy” scheduled for March 27th. Below are details for both announcements.

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SXSW 2020 Film Review: FOR MADMEN ONLY

FOR MADMEN ONLY is a documentary about the comedic legend, Del Close, that shows his journey of creating his autobiography for D.C. Comics titled “Wasteland.” Del Close co-authored the graphic horror anthology with John Ostrander and one story in almost every issue of Wasteland was an embellished portrayal taken from the comedian’s intriguing life. The 90-minute documentary directed by Heather Ross was slated to have its world premiere during the now canceled South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival as part of the Documentary Feature Competition category.

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Sennheiser’s #Dontstopthemusic Streamed Concerts

Since the coronavirus pandemic the live music industry has taken a major hit but Sennheiser, the well-known audio company is reminding music fans to #Dontstopthemusic. Following concerts with Mousse T., Love Fame Tragedy, Logan D. and Madoc, #DontStopTheMusic, Sennheiser’s exclusive streamed concert series, continues with rock band Good Boy Daisy, singer-songwriter Katie Cole and Swiss-Chilean producer and DJ Luciano.

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Sickfestivals.com Tracks Canceled Music Festivals Globally

The festival and live music industries have taken a massive hit since the coronavirus outbreak from canceling Austin’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival to rescheduling the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily. Sickfestivals.com is a new free service that lets music fans track which festivals have been canceled or postponed. In case fans have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements, they can hopefully cancel in time to get a refund.

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Boca Raton Museum of Art Presents “Keep Kids Smart with ART” Online Series

With most of the United States forced to self-isolate and practice social distancing along with schools canceled parents are now looking for homeschooling options. Even though the Boca Raton Museum of Art is closed to the public, starting this Friday, March 20, the museum is launching a new series of free Online Community Art Initiatives for all ages at this link. Featuring the new Keep Kids Smart with ART series to help parents and their children who are home from school.

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SXSW 2020 Film Review: WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS

WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS is a compelling documentary about man’s best friend from Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo and SXSW alumns Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker that was to premiere during SXSW 2020. They work together on the film as a two-person crew with Matthew as director and cinematographer and Rose as a producer and sound recordist. The Official Selection SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature takes you on a global journey learning of how different cultures treat dogs in Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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Black Fret Launches Austin Love & Lightstream; A Live Stream of Austin Music

Yesterday Black Fret, a public charity headquartered in Austin, kicked off Austin Love & Lightstream virtual event that will live stream 6 hours of Austin music live from Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas. Planned for an initial five day run through Saturday, March 21st from Scholz Garten, Austin Love & Lightstream is a local response to the cancellation of SXSW and the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The event is closed to the public and taking place on a sterilized outdoor sound stage at Scholz Garten.

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Game Developers Conference 2020 Virtual Talks hub

In the month of March, Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together across five days of education, inspiration, and networking in San Francisco. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus, this year’s conference has been canceled but they will be streaming the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020! 

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Music Tech Mashup Kicks Off This Weekend with Questlove, Paul Oakenfold, White Denim, Nané, Eric Tessmer, Vibe Vessel and More

Empire Control Room and Garage are still going through with the Music Tech Mashup event which will kick off today, March 13th.  

Per The Red River Cultural District, “We take the public health and safety of our customers, staff, venue staff, and artists we book extremely seriously and will continue to be guided by City and County officials to determine if changes to our events are necessary. We are following all guidelines outlined by local public health officials who have determined there is no need to stop the music at this time.” 

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