by Josh Gross
As part of the runup to Boise Weekly's coverage of the Treefort Music Fest, I'm going to be traveling to South by Southwest, the annual music, film and interactive media festival that transforms downtown Austin, Texas, into a really hip third-world country.
I'll be talking to bands traveling to Boise for Treefort, as well as keeping my ear to the ground for emerging trends. BW freelancer Marcia Franklin will also be at SXSW, covering the film section of the festival.
We'll both be posting regularly on Cobweb, as well as via social media. Follow along and feel free to holla back.
This week, I'll be posting SXSW events I plan to attend. Feel free to suggest any films, panels or bands at the festival that you'd like to know more about.
One of the events that caught my eye at this year's festival is a panel session with Amanda Palmer from Boston cabaret-punks The Dresden Dolls. Palmer was recently embroiled in a controversy after raising more than $1 million on Kickstarter for an album and tour, and then putting out a call for orchestra members who would be paid in beer and hugs. What makes it interesting is that Palmer didn't see it as exploitation, like many others did; rather, she saw it as the ultimate way to pay back her fans: by inviting them be part of the show.
She discussed that philosophy recently in a Ted Talk called "The Art of Asking." It's fascinating and a little moving. Check it out below.
Palmer will also be participating in a live-writing event called People of Letters, along with her husband, novelist Neil Gaiman.