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Enjoy A Queue-Free Session At SXSW 2015's Hype Hotel With Limited 'Fast Pass' Giveaway


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Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat aims to connect SXSW 2015 festival goers with the social media world in their 'Fast Pass' giveaway; a limited chance to gain immediate access to the venue where they'll be first in line to see some of the best new bands the world has to offer.

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Hype Hotel is coming next week (March 17th - 21st)

While Austin's SXSW week may be one of the most sought after festivals to gain attendance to in the world, there's also that issue of pesky admission queues which are quite scary to think about. However, don't let that dampen your spirits if you're set to attend next week because Hype Hotel have teamed up with sponsors Mazda to offer a select amount of attendees a 'Fast Pass', with which they can jump those endless lines. 

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Hype Hotel At SXSW 2015 Leaves No Stone Unturned With Their Dynamic Line-Up


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The line-up for one of SXSW's most anticipated showcases, Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat, has now been announced - and it looks like 2015 is setting up for some up and coming talent of epic proportions come March 17th. As if the Austin festival wasn't getting hot enough!

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Line-up addition Natalie Prass is not to be missed  

Selected by a variety of top music blogs via Hype Machine, Hype Hotel presents the best in new talent from every genre in a spectacular showcase at SXSW which this year takes place between March 17th and 21st 2015. On the pop spectrum, we have everything from BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years And Years to Nashville singer Natalie Prass, whose classic songwriting calls to mind the likes of Beth Orton and a little Springfield. More on the electronic side of things is Michigan's own Daniel Wilson and Autre Ne Veut whose 2013 single 'Play By Play' was a definite fan favourite, and who bear some musical resemblance to Brit duo Hurts. Also worth a watch are US Heatseekers chart topper Ryn Weaver, Nashville indie quartet Coin and the very alternative Raury from Atlanta.

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"He Was My Soulmate": Country Singer Mindy McCready Denies Killing Partner David Wilson


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Mindy McCready, a 37 year old country singer from the US, has appeared on the Today Show denying the murder of her partner and father of her son, David Wilson, who was found dead with a gun shot wound to the head on January 13th 2013. 

"I have never gone through anything this painful," she said in the interview. "He didn't just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soulmate." The gun shot didn't kill him immediately and he was apparently responding for a little while, but making only sounds, rather than coherent words. McCready found him,  "I just started screaming, calling 911," she said. "I lay down next to him and just just pleaded with him not to die."

Currently the investigation remains open and once forensic examinations and tests should confirm whether or not his death was the result of suicide. Currently there are no suspects in the case and the police aren't considering McCready as one either. In a very strange twist to the story, the bullet that Wilson alledgedly shot himself with wasn't found until the following day because it was, apparently, in the dog's mouth.

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Things To Do Review


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Not to be confused with Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Things to Do is about doing stuff while you're still alive.

The format is rapidly becoming a familiar one. A la Garden State, an angst-ridden twentysomething heads back to his hometown, rediscovers old pleasures, reconnects with old friends, meets new ones, and basically uses this nostalgia as an implement for self-discovery. In the case of Adam (Michael Stasko, who also co-wrote the script), he was an apparently unpopular nobody in high school, but his friends who never got out of the 'burbs haven't fared much better. He settles in for a lazy summer by the pool, but a meeting with old acquaintance Mac (Daniel Wilson) launches him into a more adventurous couple of months. Their goal: Make of list of "things to do" and then get them done. It ain't rocket science: Sky-diving, building a downhill derby car... that sort of thing. Adam and Mac go through the list over the rest of the summer, wryly passing the time in oddly coming fashion.

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The Handmaid's Tale Review


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Margaret Atwood's highly regarded novel came to the screen in 1990 in an uneven yet still gripping production (newly released on DVD). Natasha Richardson makes perhaps the biggest impact in her career as Offred, the "handmaid" at the center of a dystopic future where ultra-right wing factions are in control of the government, martial law rules, and biological agents have rendered 99% of women sterile. Those women who are still fertile and have been convicted of some crime, however ridiculous, become handmaids, stripped from their lives and sentenced to service the remaining rich and powerful, whose wives can't conceive children.

Offred finds herself at the mercy of a good-natured but subtly manipulative commander (Robert Duvall) and his faded-star wife Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway). And soon enough she slips her way into an underground aiming to overthrow the fascist regime.

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