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February 25, 2017

Esurance Brings #EsuranceAccess Back to SXSW

Sponsored Content Provided by Esurance

With five years under their belts as a Super Sponsor, Esurance knows SXSW. And they’re bringing their #EsuranceAccess Pass back for 2017 to help you make the most of your time in Austin.

Like always, there’s a lot going on at SXSW this year. Luckily, #EsuranceAccess is there to help you take control of your experience, with daily schedules of can’t-miss panels, events, and parties, plus tons of chances to take home cool prizes.

Find Esurance in the ACC and pick up your pass.

#EsuranceAccess earns you:

A chance to win high-tech prizes
Add some cool high-tech gadgets to your collection. We’re talking action cameras, game systems, streaming devices, and lots more. Plus, you can use your #EsuranceAccess Pass to enter every day.*

Personalized daily schedules
It’s all about access. But at SXSW part of that is knowing just where to be and when. Every day you’re in Austin, Esurance will send an email (bright and early) with suggestions on must-see panels, where to eat, and what to do that day. And the best part? It’s tailored to your specific interests and experience at SXSW. So don’t miss out on a single mind-blowing session, stick-to-your-ribs BBQ joint, or exclusive party—sign up for #EsuranceAccess in the ACC.

And lots lots more
Don’t forget to stay tuned to #EsuranceAccess on Twitter and follow Esurance on Snapchat for exclusive content and more chances to win!

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweeps starts at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on 3/9/2017 and ends at 6 p.m. CT on 3/18/2017. Open to legal residents of any U.S. state or DC at least 21 years of age at the time of entry. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Total prize ARV: $32,352.79. To enter, visit the Esurance Home at the Austin Convention Center, register, and scan #EsuranceAccess badge. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for complete details at: www.esurance.com/sxsw/rules. Sponsor: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., 650 Davis Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

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February 24, 2017

SXSW Songs Brings Together Top Songwriters from Around the World

Arlyn Studios

For the first time, we’ll be hosting SXSW Songs, an international song camp curated by industry professionals, at Arlyn Studios from Sunday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 14. SXSW’s platform for convening a global community of artists, songwriters, producers, publishers, music supervisors, A&R, brands, and corporations offers a unique backdrop for the song camp experience.

An international advisory board has selected the SXSW Songs participants, which includes songwriters, producers, headliners and performers from around the world. Additionally, some SXSW Music Festival performing artists are expected to drop by for sessions at the camp.

Confirmed participants include:

Sigala whose credits include John Newman and Nile Rodgers; Freedo whose credits include Zara Larsson and Little Mix; Soaky Siren whose credits include Rita Ora, Tinashe, and Sean Paul; and Chiara Hunter whose credits include David Guetta and Galantis.

ASCAP, Shure, Gibson, Roland, and Timbuk2 are all on board as official sponsors of SXSW Songs.

Be a Part of SXSW Songs

SXSW registrants can get a taste for the SXSW Songs experience and songwriting output at two events on Wednesday, March 15 as part of the SXSW Music Festival. There will be a panel discussion—SXSW Songs: The Current State of Songwriting—with camp participants and music publishers, followed by an evening listening party of the songs written during the program at the Victorian Room in the Driskill Hotel.

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February 24, 2017

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, February 24

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Long-time readers of The Daily Chord know that interviews with Brian Eno and stories about ticket scalping are two ongoing subjects that spark our attention, and this week saw new material on both fronts. Also, Jay Z made news as a venture capitalist and songwriter, the Brit Awards were ceremoniously dispensed, and the BBC announced a documentary series about 2017 SXSW Keynote Nile Rodgers.

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February 24, 2017

These Maps Put A Spotlight On The Cultural Divide In The U.S.

It has been several months since the election and thanks to a series of post-election maps, we can clearly see which area of the United States voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But let’s say you didn’t have those maps. Let’s say you had to determine which areas of the U.S. supported either candidate more. Would you be surprised to find out that the popularity of a TV show like ‘Duck Dynasty’ correlates to how strongly Trump did during the election?

Based on these maps released by The Upshot of The New York Times, there is a very close relation between politics and culture.

Using Facebook data to determine which TV shows were “liked” by users in various ZIP codes, they found that 50 of the most-liked shows were separated into three distinct groups based on geographic distributions. The data reveals a cultural divide among three regions in the U.S.: cities and suburbs, rural areas, and the extended Black Belt, an area extending from the Mississippi River along the Eastern Seaboard and up to Washington as well as locations with large nonwhite populations.

Urban Areas

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: Adventure Time, American Horror Story, Family Guy, Game of Thrones, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Mythbusters, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, So You Think You Can Dance, South Park, The Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show, The Simpsons, The Tonight Show, Tosh.O

Rural Areas

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: 16 and Pregnant, American Dad!, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bones, Cake Boss, Criminal Minds, Dancing With the Stars, Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, Fast n’ Loud, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Pawn Stars, Pretty Little Liars, Ridiculousness, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Supernatural, Teen Mom, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Wipeout

Extended Black Belt

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: 106 & Park, Bad Girls Club, Empire, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Law & Order: SVU, Love & Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Scandal, Spongebob SquarePants, The First 48, The Tom and Jerry Show

The 50 maps were ranked in order of the disparity between their highest and lowest fan percentages, and as you can see, there is a strong cultural divide throughout the U.S. Gone are the days when networks focused solely on audience numbers. Now it’s all about demographics which helps to fracture national culture.  

Take a look at some of the maps below to see just how large the cultural divide is and make sure you check out the rest of the maps here.

1. Duck Dynasty

5. The Daily Show

7. Modern Family

9. Empire

11. The Big Bang Theory

15. Game of Thrones

16. The Walking Dead

17. Bad Girls Club

19. The Tonight Show

21. Fast n’ Loud

24. Deadliest Catch

25. Teen Mom

40. 16 and Pregnant

43. Cake Boss

45. Supernatural

50. The Vampire Diaries


[Via: The New York Times]

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February 24, 2017

SXSW Music Weekly Round-Up: Future Islands, Weezer, The Avett Brothers, Wu-Tang Clan & More

Benjamin Booker, Thievery Corporation, Valerie June

It’s hard to believe SXSW 2017 is only two weeks away. There may not be much time left, but we still have so many new showcases and sessions to tell you about!

For our music-based Conference programming, learn about how music publications adapt to today’s world of media in The Future of Music Mags: Print to Digital & Beyond. Meet with Bruce Solar, Dawn Holliday, and Steve Ferguson in Agents / Talent Buyers Peer Meeting! Jesse Young and Peter Lewis will be discussing Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and the secret to a successful electronic music fest will be revealed in Electronic Music in the Festival World.

First up, this week we’re featuring showcases of specially curated lineups for your ultimate SXSW experience. ADE, in partnership with Dekmantel and Red Light Radio, is presenting the best of Dutch electronic, ATO Records is bringing their label’s greatest, or you can hear the sounds of our hometown in the City of Austin‘s showcase! Other newly added showcases include 4AD (headlined by Future Islands), Crush Music (headlined by Weezer), and more.

We’re so pumped to also announce the addition of artists like Bleached, Valerie June, Real Estate, Cosmonauts, Thievery Corporation, Rapsody, Robert Glasper, Wu-Tang Clan, Le Butcherettes, and many more. Find the rest of this week’s featured artists below! While you’re at it, don’t forget The Avett Brothers will be performing at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater on Wednesday, March 15. You’re getting all of this, right?

Though I hate to think about the end of the festival, at least there’s the SXSW Music Festival Closing Party to look forward to. Jonathan Toubin will be there to present his Soul Clap and Dance-Off, in which a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best dancer, and the event is free for all to attend!

As usual, if you’re not already, familiarize yourself with the sounds of the festival through our SXSWfm and our weekly Spotify playlist. We’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your day as you plan out your ideal SXSW schedule.

So you have the info and the sounds. All you need now is your SXSW Music Badge! Register today and reap in the rewards in March when you experience Music Festival showcases, parties, Conference sessions, most Film and Interactive events, and so much more.

New 2017 Conference Additions (Music)

Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s

Electronic Music in the Festival World
The Future of Music Mags: Print to Digital & Beyond
Agents / Talent Buyers Peer Meeting

New 2017 Showcasing Artist Additions

24HRS (Atlanta GA)
Active Bird Community (Brooklyn NY)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
All in the Golden Afternoon (Austin TX)
Arkansas Dave (Austin TX)
A$AP Twelvyy (New York NY)
The Avett Brothers (Concord NC)
AV The Great (Denton TX)
B1 (Austin TX)
Joey Bada$$ (Brooklyn NY)
The Bad Lovers (Austin TX)
The Baggage Boys (Austin TX)
Bearson (Oslo NORWAY)
Big Star’s Third (Memphis TN)
Blackway (Baldwin NY)
BLANG (Orange County CA)
Blank Range (Nashville TN)
Bleached (Los Angeles CA)
The Blind Owls (Corpus Christi TX)
Benjamin Booker (Virginia Beach VA)
Boyfriend (New Orleans LA)
Miss C Brown (Birmingham UK-ENGLAND)
Julie Byrne (New York NY)
Call Of The Void (Boulder CO)
Casper Skulls (Toronto CANADA)
Casper Tielrooij b2b Orpheu The Wizard (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Chill Moody (Philadelphia PA)
Chrome Sparks (Pittsburgh PA)
Cosmonauts (Los Angeles CA)
Deep Creep b2b Malika (Austin TX)
Deltatron (Lima PERU)
Diamond Thug (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
DJ Kaydence (Los Angeles CA)
DJ QuestionMark (Taipei TAIWAN)
DJ Speedway (Austin TX)
DJ Trauma (New York NY)
DJ Xanax (New York NY)
Drama Diablo (Toronto CANADA)
Duhrdy (Austin TX)
ELOQ (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Emoni (Nashville TN)
Fast Forward Austin (Austin TX)
femdot. (Chicago IL)
Flipp Dinero (Canarsie NY)
Future Islands (Baltimore MD)
Devon Gilfillian (Nashville TN)
Robert Glasper (Houston TX)
Gold Star (Los Angeles CA)
Grandaddy (Modesto CA)
Nick Grant (Walterboro SC)
Coco Hames (Memphis TN)
Hanson (Tulsa OK)
Annie Hart (New York NY)
Devan Ibiza (Bronx NY)
iLe (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Ivy Lab (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jacques (Paris FRANCE)
Jay Dot Rain (Tuscaloosa AL)
Valerie June (Memphis TN)
Ken Blvd (New Orleans LA)
Khali Haat (Austin TX)
Kid Wave (London UK-ENGLAND)
Tim Kinsella (Chicago IL)
Krudas Cubensi (Habana CUBA)
Lawrence (New York NY)
Le Butcherettes (El Paso TX)
Lil Ronny MothaF (Dallas TX)
Little Simz (London UK-ENGLAND)
LOLO (Jackson TN)
The Lonesome Heroes (Austin TX)
Peewee Longway (Atlanta GA)
Calvin Love (Edmonton CANADA)
Matt Maeson (Norfol VA)
MAJIX (New York NY)
Mammút (Reykjavik ICELAND)
M.A.R. (Bridgeport CT)
Mary Magdalena (Austin TX)
Maybird (Rochester NY)
Frank McFly (Brooklyn NY)
Me And My Brother (Keswick VA)
Don Michael Jr (Camden NJ)
Mir Fontane (Camden NJ)
Mister Saturday Night (New York NY)
MKF KUNST (Houston TX)
mluna (austin TX)
Molecule (DJ) (Paris FRANCE)
Andreas Moss (Nashville TN)
Mr. Kitty (Austin TX)
Mt. Joy (Philadelphia PA)
Murdocks (Austin TX)
New Politics (New York NY)
The New Pornographers (Vancouver CANADA)
Nick & Sammy (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Nightly (Nashville TN)
NOOK Turner (Austin TX)
No Sleep (Pittsburgh PA)
The Octopus Project (Austin TX)
oddCouple (Chicago IL)
Omen (Chicago IL)
Pavo Pavo (Brooklyn NY)
Perera Elsewhere (Berlin GERMANY)
PJ SinSuela (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Poliça (Minneapolis MN)
Justin “Dat Boy Supa” Poter (Austin TX)
Radkey (St. Joseph MO)
Rah-C (New York NY)
Rapsody (Snow Hill NC)
Lauren Ray (South Jersey NJ)
Real Estate (Ridgewood NJ)
Vockah Redu (Houston TX)
Rio Jordan (San Antonio TX)
Rome Castille (Los Angeles CA)
The Roomsounds (Dallas TX)
Frances Rose (New York NY)
Royal Trux (San Francisco CA)
The Shacks (New York NY)
The Shelters (Los Angeles CA)
Smoke DZA (Harlem NY)
Sneaks (Washington DC)
Ben Sollee (Louisville KY)
Supa Bwe (Chicago IL)
Sylvan Esso (Durham NC)
Tall Heights (Boston MA)
TankTop NYC (New York NY)
Théorie Ornery​ (Austin TX)
Thievery Corporation (Washington DC)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
TRACE (Los Angeles CA)
Trapt (Los Angeles CA)
Unlike pLuTo (Los Angeles CA)
War Party (Fort Worth TX)
Nick Waterhouse and His Tarots (Los Angeles CA)
Weezer (Los Angeles CA)
Willtothe (Austin TX)
Zooey Wonder (Taipei TAIWAN)
Wu-Tang Clan (Staten Island NY)

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February 24, 2017

NPR Music presents The New Pornographers, Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso and more at SXSW

NPR Music returns to SXSW with yet another stellar showcase on Wednesday, March 15 at Stubb’s.

This year’s lineup includes Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, preceding a larger North American tour which begins in April. Give “This Is The World Of The Theater” from their new album Whiteout Conditions (out April 7) a listen. As diverse as ever, this year’s lineup also includes acclaimed rapper turned Mr. Robot star Joey Bada$$, electronic pop duo, and new Loma Vista signing Sylvan Esso, Texas-born singer/rapper Lizzo, the long-awaited return of Alynda Lee Segarra’s Hurray for the Riff Raff, and live-wire queer punk band PWR BTTM.

There are only a couple weeks until the festival, so secure your place and register for a SXSW Music Badge. Not only will you gain access to legendary speakers and performers, but this year’s badge gives you secondary access to many non-music events as well.

Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Joey Bada$$ photo by Dee Frosted
PWR BTTM photo by Ebru Yildiz
Lizzo photo courtesy of the artist
The New Pornographers photo by Jenny Jimenez

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February 24, 2017

Video Editing Tips: Consider Slides, Pushes, and Splits in Premiere Pro

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February 24, 2017

ABDZ Photo Challenge: Our #abdz_strideby Picks

ABDZ Photo Challenge: Our #abdz_strideby Picks

Here we are, with more than 100+ posts over Instagram with the hashtag #abdz_strideby, we say it was a pretty successful first Abduzeedo Photo Challenge. It was a lot of fun to go through your submissions and having a chance to witness the beautiful parts of the World that you guys lived in. I hope you guys have enjoyed and if you have any comments/suggestions, please do share with us via Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to see what you will come up with. On to the next challenge!


This for this week, we had to go for the hashtag: –> #abdz_strideby. What does it mean? Stride By is a term used for saying like you’ll take a long step of passing over an obstruction. The interesting part with the challenge is easy but the fact on how you will frame the shot? The architecture? The shadowplay? Let’s check out the suite!



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February 23, 2017

Interaction Design: Wine-Searcher Application

Interaction Design: Wine-Searcher Application

Wine-Searcher Application is an interaction design and UI/UX project shared by Olena Mostepan and MEAT Studies on their Behance profiles. In a nutshell, the whole idea was create an mobile app that could help you search and understand a bit more about wine, with the ultimate goal of making you love wine. From the interaction design point of view, it’s a fairly simple and straightforward model. You can search wine by type of food, type of wine or even scan wines to understand more about that particular type. 

The visual design is also simple but lovely with “cute” icons across the many screens. From the images I felt that the fonts tend to be quite small and I wonder from the accessibility point of view, if the text color is not too light. Enough said, check out the images below for a better look at this cool project.

Interaction Design

Feb 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

You Need To See These Beautiful Alternative Movie Posters

With the Oscars right around the corner, there’s a lot of anticipation to see who will take home the little, gold man. So many fantastic films have been nominated this year, it’s hard to choose just one in each category. To honor the many films being nominated this year, the illustrators over at DepositPhotos created a series of alternative movie posters for a few of their favorite movies.

Rather than speculate on the political, social, or artistic aspects of the nominations, the illustrators decided to focus their energy on the art to capture the essence of each film for their renditions. The movie posters were illustrated before the nominations were announced as a way to inspire contributors of their site and were based on their own predictions. Each of the movie posters was illustrated based on the artist’s particular style which makes the series charming and diverse.

Check out the 7 posters below:

alternative movie posters

Artist: Diana Hlevnjak

alternative movie posters


alternative movie posters

Artist: Nadezhda Arkhipova

alternative movie posters

Artist: Anastasia Lembrik

alternative movie posters

Artist: Oksana Grivina

alternative movie posters

Artist: Jr Casas

alternative movie posters

Artist: Dina Lepchenkova

Source: Visual News