Ask (March 10, 2009)


Question: I just heard Solange cover the Sia/Zero 7 song "Destiny," and it was pretty good. Anyway, it made me wonder, what’s Sia up to these days? Does she have a new CD coming out soon?

— Janet, Los Angeles, CA

Answer: No, but she does have a new live concert DVD, TV is My Parent, slated for release on May 19.

TV is My Parent features a live concert recorded at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC on September 12, 2007 and includes four music videos from her latest studio album, some people have REAL problems and behind-the-scenes videos shot by Sia and her friends while on tour.

In addition the concert, the music videos (for the songs "Buttons,” “Day Too Soon,” “The Girl You Lost To Cocaine” and "Soon We’ll Be Found”), there will also be a few "hidden clips" sprinkled throughout the DVD.

Sia is currently touring Australia and Europe, and you can get info on her tour dates at her official website.

Question: Are there going to be any queer women on the bill at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin?

— Stacy, Flagstaff, AZ

Answer: Yes! This year, the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) includes An Horse,Melissa Ferrick, Finally Punk, Jen Foster Girl in a Coma, Gravy Train, The Indigo Girls, Mika Miko, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, and Ponytail.

Girl in a Coma

The Festival isn’t just about hearing great music in a great city (Austin, TX). SXSW is known for featuring interesting new films each year. Some titles that might be of particular interest to women (though not specifically lesbians) include:

It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home: A woman tries to get over her recent breakup by backpacking in Costa Rica with her best friend, and through traveling together, the two women realize they may be on separate trips.

Women in Trouble: One day in the lives of ten desperate women with one thing in common: trouble.

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (Documentary): Amidst stories of murder, hardship, heartache and redemption, the film follows the convict cowgirls of the Eddie Warriors Correctional Center in their preparation for the only rodeo where female prisoners compete rough-stock and as equals against male prison teams.

Also screening this year will be the film Artois the Goat, about a guy hoping to win the heart of his true love by crafting "the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known." Sadly, it is not a documentary.

You can peruse the entire list of films screening at the festival here. SXSW is a weeklong festival taking place this year March 13-22 in Austin. For ticket info, visit the official website.

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