South By Southwest officially begins this weekend down in Austin, Texas. With a stacked lineup of artists, keynote speakers, films and television shows, SXSW is gearing up to be an amazing festival. The Daily Cardinal Arts staff will be flying down to cover the event, and here’s what they are most looking forward to:
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The Head and the Heart returned to Madison this week to perform at the Orpheum for two nights. On Tuesday, I watched as both the balcony seating and general admission enjoyed a continuous influx of people all waiting in anticipation to see the indie band take to the stage.
Fans of any sort of music in 2015 were greeted to one of the best years for music genres to date. Hip-hop enthusiasts were spoiled if they couldn’t recognize how fortunate we were to have Kendrick Lamar bestow a historical achievement in his first and second album. Those that wanted party rap were bestowed Atlanta trap music’s banner year, with a rainfall of mixtapes from the peach state. Rock fans in 2015 got tastes of several niche genres entering the spotlight with releases from bedroom pop superstars Girlpool and Alex G. Overall, it was a year for highly localized artists to make their voices known globally, through viral sharing or otherwise.
This weekend has so much to offer Madison in the form of arts and entertainment.
It was a crisp October evening in Madison; the leaves were beautiful and the weather was perfect for a warm sweater. I was feeling content, walking down the street towards the glowing sign of the Majestic Theater, visions of the concert to come being entertained in my imagination, as my friends and I enjoyed the warmth of our alcohol blankets. With a few ‘pardon mes’ and only a couple ‘watch it bubs,’ we made our way into a decent position and began to cheer as the lights dimmed. That’s when the crowd began to glow.
Welcome back weekend, we’ve missed you old friend.
It’s the weekend and that means dancing, singing and entertainment galore.