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Sofi Tukker Is a Band to ‘Watch,’ and We’re Not Just Talking About That Apple Ad

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It sounds like a perfect meet cute for a teen Rom-Com: Tucker Halpern was all set to make it as a basketball player but health issues forced him to drop out, and while he was mostly hiding in his bedroom learning how to make beats, he met Sophie Hawley-Weld, a worldly, spiritual whirlwind, singing bossa nova in a warehouse. And Sofi Tukker was born.

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Touring Makes Lauren Denitzio of Worriers ‘Dislike Bushwick a Lot Less’

(Photo: Bradley Spinelli)

(Photo: Bradley Spinelli)

Lauren Denitzio, singer/guitarist of Worriers, was easy to spot on the porch of the Eden House in Austin. She and her bandmates stood out, looking more relaxed, more confident, more—well, older—than the majority of other bands and music heads rolling in and out of the house on Rio Grande. Yes, a house—a full-on “DIY venue,” what we used to call “underground” and virtually identical to the scenes I remember playing in the early ‘90s: BYOB, kids with zits, slamming bands. Cassette tapes for sale. You enter through the kitchen, and can only get into the bathroom by crossing the “stage” in the living room between acts—stepping over the pedals and cords. And not a sponsor or logo in sight.

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Lucky Chops Is a NYC-Bred Brass Band That ‘Enjoys Throwing People Curveballs’

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The brass band Lucky Chops was started by some kids at LaGuardia High (the “Fame” school) who cut their teeth playing in the subway. When a South American tourist shot a video of them that went viral, they started getting real gigs.

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Not Trolling: There’s a Bushwick Dungeons & Dragons Doc and It Is Amazing

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Take Marwencol, set it in Bushwick, replace World War II with Dungeons & Dragons, and you have The Dwarvenaut. The endearing documentary, directed by Josh Bishop, just made its world premiere at South by Southwest. It tells the story of Stefan Pokorny, a Bushwick-based maker of Dungeons & Dragons sets and gamepieces who initially seems to confirm all the stereotypes about D&Ders, but ends up making you feel guilty you ever had those snide prejudices.

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Improv Nerd? Don’t Hesitate to See Mike Birbiglia’s New Film, Don’t Think Twice

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s a case of #improveverywhere this year at South by Southwest. Not only is Thank You, Del Close screening, but UCB is doing live shows: last night, Anthony Atamanuik dropped into one of them and just destroyed with his scarily spot-on impression of Donald Trump going after America’s new foe, Italian ISIS (say it out loud and you’ll get it). In addition to all that, Mike Birbiglia world-premiered his new dramedy about a UCB-esque New York City improv troupe on Sunday.

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Alamo Drafthouse Opens Brooklyn Location This Summer, With 30-Seat Auditoriums

Left to right: Leah Meyerhoff, Matt Grady, Tim League. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

From left: Leah Meyerhoff, Matt Grady, Tim League. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This week at South by Southwest, I got turned away from two films because of Alamo Drafthouse’s policy of not letting badge holders in if they’re so much as five minutes late, even if there are still empty seats. Gah!! So when Alamo’s founder, Tim League, conspicuously showed up seven minutes late to a panel discussion about “Indie Film and the Death of the Theatrical,” I was half hoping he’d get ba-ba-bounced. Justice, man! But let’s face it, it’s hard to stay mad at Alamo. They did the whole Nitehawk thing long before there was a Nitehawk. And I definitely had to forgive League when I noticed he was wearing a hilarious Bernie Sanders/Circle Jerks mash-up t-shirt. Plus, he came with news about Alamo’s forthcoming Brooklyn location.

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‘We’re Dolls’: Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan Shut Down Someone Who Didn’t #AskHerMore

L to R: Zoe Kazan, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Sophie, and moderator. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

L to R: Zoe Kazan, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Sophie Goodhart, and moderator. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Jenny Slate’s preferred brand of jeans may be public knowledge, but don’t ask her what she’s wearing to the world premiere of her latest movie. After a SXSW screening of My Blind Brother at the Topfer Theatre in Austin, a young woman kicked off the audience portion of the q&a by telling Slate and her co-star Zoe Kazan that she loved their style. Then she asked what brands they were wearing.

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Two Times the Creators of Hardcore Henry Thought They’d Gotten Someone Killed

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Center (from left): Sharlto Copley and Ilya Naishuller (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Writer-director Ilya Naishuller modestly called Hardcore Henry “a little Russian indie experimental movie” at its US premiere last night at SXSW, but the truth is it’s the most visually impressive, batshit film we’ve seen since Mad Max: Fury Road. One look at the new trailer, released a little over a week ago, and you’ll see it offers a similar mix of gonzo stunts, raw adrenaline, Tarantino-esque humor, and a throbbing rock/techno soundtrack – except that it’s filmed almost entirely with a GoPro, so you feel like you’re the one hurtling down Fury Road (or in this case, Moscow highways that weren’t even blocked off).

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Broad City Creators Talk Hillary Clinton’s Cameo and Ilana’s New Show

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(Hillary Clinton’s Instagram)

Remember those tweets, back in December, indicating that Hillary Clinton would make a cameo on Broad City this season? Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, at a SXSW talk, revealed the episode would air this Wednesday. But don’t take it as an endorsement, necessarily.

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#Badgeless at #SXSW: We Tried to Do South By Southwest Without Shelling Out

If you didn’t go to South by Southwest in Austin last week, it probably wasn’t because you didn’t want to. With the cheapest music ticket going for $650 (early bird), the festival’s entry fee wasn’t exactly music to our ears.

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