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Snoop Dogg gives SXSW Music keynote to ‘his peoples’

The South by Southwest Music keynote speaker position is a coveted role once held by Johnny Cash, Dave Grohl and Lady Gaga.

Rapper Snoop Dogg made his mark on the festival March 19 at the Austin Convention Center as the 2015 music keynote speaker. Ted Chung, Snoop Dogg’s manager, moderated the 45-minute session. The conversation was set to start at 11 a.m. The line to get into the auditorium wrapped around a hallway of the convention center at 9:30 a.m.

Lindsay Lambert, Houston native and Snoop Dogg fanatic, arrived at the convention center at 8:40 a.m. She was first in line.

Going to church with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I spent Thursday night sitting in a pew in a church in downtown Austin with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

South by Southwest is such a huge festival that they held a concert in the Central Presbyterian Church.  Walking in, I thought we would be placed in some sort of banquet hall, but I was wrong. I watched bands play while sitting next to a bible in a pew.

It was a little strange because the audience was just sitting and listening. At all of the concerts I went to this week, a lot of dancing, yelling and head banging was going on. But for this, it was very calm and quiet.

A bright pink and purple light lit up the stage, making Edward Sharpe look completely pink.

We need to talk about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

I was in line for one of the most well-known rappers in the world, but I got to experience a little something extra.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble played a short set Friday before the South by Southwest Music Festival keynote session with Snoop Dogg. I wasn’t able to grab a coffee before making the trek to Austin, so I was barely awake when I sat down in the fifth row of a large ballroom at the Austin Convention Center. But coffee became a moot point once the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble hit the stage. They absolutely, 100 percent, lived up to their name. They were hip and hypnotic. I couldn’t stop dancing.

Wiz Khalifa talks music, sports, drugs at SXSW

Apparently I’m a huge rap fan because I saw not one but two rappers in the same day at South by Southwest Music Festival.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa joined Trevor Andrew, Olympian, Paul Rosenberg, artist manager and moderator Domingo Neris Wednesday to discuss ‘Music in Sports.’ After a 15-minute interview by Neris, he opened up questions from the audience.

Audience questions are usually thrown in at the very end and the journalist in me felt like Neris was being a little lazy and just let the crowd do all the work. Nonetheless, the discussion was pretty good.

The music and sports industry tend to intertwine with one another.

Big Sean speaks at SXSW Music Festival

“What’s up? Y’all motherfuckers good?”

Big Sean definitely had the Texan lingo of “y’all” down for his Wednesday interview at South by Southwest. Elliott Wilson, founder and CEO of Rap Radar, sat down with the popular rapper to talk about his musical inspiration and Ariana Grande during the CRNW @ SXSW Interview session.

For those who are not up to speed, Big Sean and Ariana Grande are dating. Everyone on the Internet makes really bad jokes about their relationship being weird because Grande looks really young for her age. But, after a lot of investigative sitting in the audience, I found out that Big Sean, whose real name is Sean Michael Anderson, is kind of small himself. Now that you have a visual, we can talk about his rap vision.

SXSW Music: day one blog

Thank goodness I know who Spoon is or else I probably would have never been introduced to Milo Greene or Odesza.

We lined up at Hype Hotel in downtown Austin Tuesday night specifically to see Spoon who went on at 1 a.m. The waiting began at 11 p.m. and we didn’t get back to the car until 2:40 a.m.

Look, I love concerts. They’re wonderful. Singing and dancing and feeling carefree for a couple of hours is never terrible. But waiting for the band you want to see to come on is easily the worst thing to happen to a person.

I’ve worn my Chacos throughout the week to stay comfy and alive, but standing for four plus hours can do a lot of damage to your feet and your soul. Get it? Sole. Like your foot.

Comedy for equality and uncomfortable jokes

Bob Saget, Comedy, SXSW

After waiting in line for two and a half hours, I was lucky enough to see Bob Saget, everyone’s favorite TV dad, make a lot of penis jokes.

Saget was the headliner Monday night at the Above Average Talent Show benefiting The Ally Coalition held at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin. Talent included Vanessa Bayer and Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live and comedians Eliot Glazer, James Adomian and John Early. The event was put on to raise awareness for LGBTQ equality and funds for OutYouth, an Austin LGBTQ organization.

The best part of comedy shows is not being knowledgeable about anything you're about to see but still having a good time. When I attend concerts, I feel the need to memorize the artist’s entire discography, but with comedy I can just show up!

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick outline goals, values for upcoming office term during inauguration

Everything is bigger in Texas, and inauguration ceremonies are no exception.

Thousands of Texans made the pilgrimage to the capitol in Austin Tuesday morning to witness the inauguration of the first new governor Texas has seen in 14 years. Greg Abbott became the 48th governor of Texas and Dan Patrick became the 72nd lieutenant governor while surrounded by supporters and family. The Oath of Office ceremony began promptly at 11 a.m. with songs played by the Longhorn Marching Band fluttering throughout the mall of the capitol.

One dead, four injured in crash

One person has died and four others were injured in the crash that destroyed two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle.

The four people involved in the crash were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with non life-threatening injuries.

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