Todd of ‘Meet the Press’ to ap­pear

SXSW Mu­sic Fes­ti­val’s open­ing party fea­tures two big buzz bands.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Amer­i­can-States­man staff RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

South by South­west keeps rolling on. Here are five things you need to know about the con­fer­ence for Tues­day:

1. Talk­ing pol­i­tics: Chuck Todd, NBC News po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor and mod­er­a­tor of “Meet the Press,” talks pol­i­tics at the Hy­att Re­gency at 5 p.m. Todd and guests Cor­nell Belcher and Sara Fa­gen will dis­cuss whether big data is harm­ing the U.S. po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and in­creas­ing po­lar­iza­tion.

2. Mu­sic ramps up: The of­fi­cial open­ing party for the SXSW Mu­sic Fes­ti­val starts at 7 p.m. at Mag­gie Mae’s with two of this year’s big buzz bands, Lemon Twigs (down­stairs) and Non­ame (rooftop).

3. Lots of Spoon: The Austi­na­gain band’s three-night run starts at the Main. Spe­cial guests ex­pected.

4. Power lineup: WeDC is one of the biggest show­cases of the fest. It fea­tures Wu-Tang, Thiev­ery Corp and DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu), among oth­ers. It starts at 7 p.m. at ACL Live and is open to folks with SXSW cre­den­tials.

5. “The Most Hated Wo­man in Amer­ica”: Melissa Leo, who’s great in nearly ev­ery­thing she does, playsthe late Austin athe­ist leader Mada­lyn Mur­ray O’Hair in this new movie from di­rec­tor Tommy O’Haver. It’s mak­ing its world pre­miere at SXSW (2:30 p.m. Tues­day, Para­mount; 11:30 a.m. Satur­day, Zach Theatre).

NTT se­nior re­search sci­en­tist Ryuichiro Hi­gashinaka un­veils U, a Ja­panese idol-style an­droid (left), and Repliee S1, an “exo-naked” in­ter­ac­tive ro­bot, at Ja­pan Fac­tory dur­ing South by South­west In­ter­ac­tive on Monday. The an­droids de­bated with hu­mans about sev­eral top­ics, in­clud­ing Lady Gaga ver­sus Tay­lor Swift and the value of hu­man life.

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