SXSW in Austin Texas
March 7 - 16
From a colloquium on consumer robots to a Lena Dunham keynote, and a focus on eco-documentaries to a free Jimi Hendrix tribute, Austin’s certain to be the critical convening point for all manner of creative minds this month. At the top of our list? Musical performances by Kurt Vile, Girls’ frontman Christopher Owens, and one of our favorite bands of late, Warpaint.
MUSIC OF THE MOMENT
Vanishing Point, Mudhoney
Technically, this album releases April 4, but these sorts of cult-adored projects have a way of leaking early. Since the ‘90s, Mudhoney has maintained an anti-mainstream stance and serves as an unflinching stronghold for grunge’s ongoing indie importance. The band’s first album in five years, it promises sardonic antics from lead singer Mark Arm and a steady stream of hard, heavy, dirty guitar sounds.
ART SHOW TO KNOW
The Whitney Biennial 2014
March 7-May 25 at the Whitney Museum, New York
More than 100 artists will be on display this year at the Whitney Biennial, the last of its kind to appear in the museum’s famed Marcel Breuer building. That’s twice the number of artists selected in 2012, and this time around three curators (Anthony Elms, Michelle Grabner, and Stuart Comer) have been chosen to guide the exhibition, each given a floor within which to show. Performance art and multidisciplinary works are rumored to gain a greater hold on real estate than in years past, but what we’re most excited about are two West Coast artists: painter Laura Owens and conceptual artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.Read the next article