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Run The Jewels Attacked Onstage At SXSW

During a performance at South By Southwest’s Spotify House on Monday, Run The Jewels were attacked by someone from the audience. In video taken at the event, it looks like the person in question walks up onto the stage and attempts to punch one of them, but is intercepted and chased off the stage by… More »

By: James Rettig / March 16, 2015 - 9:56 pm

Here’s The Schedule For Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion

This week Stereogum will be reporting in Austin with words and photos from all the most compelling brand activations at SXSW 2015. Things already appear to be heating up for Interactive attendees, but the best stuff starts tomorrow. We’re most psyched for Stereogum’s unofficial event with Exploding In Sound all day and night on Friday,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 16, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Watch Barack Obama And Jimmy Kimmel Chat About Kanye West, Who’ll Be At SXSW

Last night, Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition to the sure-to-go-viral Presidential Mean Tweets segment, Obama also sat down for an interview where he addressed his relationship with Kanye West. During a lecture at Oxford earlier this month, West noted that the President “calls the home phone,” but Obama disputed that. Here’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

McDonald’s Will Now Pay The Bands Who Play Their SXSW Event

McDonald’s has changed their tune following all of the backlash they received once Ex Cops revealed that the corporation wasn’t planning on paying artists that played their SXSW showcase. “To further support these artists, all bands performing at our showcase will be compensated,” a company spokesperson told Billboard earlier today. That’s certainly a better response… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Snoop Dogg Is The SXSW Music 2015 Keynote Speaker

Over the weekend, I saw the comedian Shakir Standley perform standup, and among his best and most cringe-worthy jokes was one about Snoop Dogg (aka Snoopadelic, Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla), specifically about Snoop taking himself too seriously. Standley focuses on Snoop’s introductory call-to-action in the song “Pronto,” on which he collaborated with Soulja Boy, “Coming at… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 10, 2015 - 10:17 am

McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag

Yesterday, Ex Cops posted a letter on Facebook calling out McDonald’s for insisting that they don’t have a budget to pay artists to play their SXSW showcase. Rolling Stone reached out to the multi-billion dollar fast food corporation for a comment and here’s what McDonald’s global media relations director Becca Hary had to say:… More »

By: James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Ex Cops Blast McDonald’s For Offering Its SXSW Talent Exposure Instead Of Money

SXSW is no stranger to corporate overlords, and no stranger to bands calling them out for that kind of behavior. This year, McDonald’s is getting in on the action. Back in December, the fast food empire announced that it would be an official sponsor of the Austin festival, and that it would take steps to… More »

By: James Rettig / March 4, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Stereogum & Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Details

This month Stereogum returns to SXSW for the 10th year, and we’re throwing a party with Exploding In Sound to celebrate. Last year’s Stereogum event in Austin never happened, so this year we’re hosting almost three times as many bands on two stages. Stereogum & Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 takes place all day… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 4, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Arcade Fire’s Win & Will Butler To Talk Music Economy With Paul Krugman At SXSW

With dwindling album sales and 360 deals and increasing corporate-sponsorship encroachment, the economics of the music business are getting tougher and tougher to figure out. You practically need to talk to two rock stars and a Nobel Prizewinning economist. Fortunately, SXSW attendees will get that chance this year. New York Times columnist and world-renown economist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 5:26 pm

FLOODFest Announces Impressive Inaugural SXSW 2015 Lineup

We’re nearing the end of February, which means every inbox in the music industry is overflowing with SXSW showcase announcements. Today, FLOOD Magazine revealed that their debut SXSW showcase, FLOODFest, will be held in none other than the Cedar Street Courtyard, which use to be the longstanding venue of the now-defunct Filter Magazine. As it… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 19, 2015 - 11:35 am

A. G. Cook – “Drop FM” (Feat. Hannah Diamond)

First, some super exciting news if you happen to be a fan of the collective that took the music world by storm over the past year: PC Music have announced the details behind their official SXSW showcase, and it’s their first live show that will feature pretty much everybody involved with the label. Hannah Diamond,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 19, 2015 - 11:00 am

Brian Wilson Biopic, Tower Records Doc To Premiere At SXSW

Back in 2011, director Colin Hanks made a total of $92,025 from a Kickstarter campaign in order to make a documentary about the late, great Tower Records. The film has been in production since then, and the result, All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records, will finally premiere at this year’… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 3, 2015 - 5:27 pm

SXSW 2015 Adds Best Coast, Bleachers, Dej Loaf, Diarrhea Planet, Viet Cong, & Tons More

SXSW 2015 is fast approaching, and the festival has just announced the third round of artists that will be making their way down to Austin at the end of March. This round is by far their largest yet, bringing the total number of bands attending to just over 950. That’s a lot of bands, and… More »

By: James Rettig / January 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

SXSW Sued By Car Crash Victims’ Families

The drunk driving crash that left four people dead and almost two dozen injured at this year’s South By Southwest is now being brought to court. The Associated Press reports that seven lawsuits have been filed against the organizations who put together the festival, accusing them of serious safety lapses that led to Rashad Owe… More »

By: James Rettig / December 18, 2014 - 7:31 pm

SXSW 2015 Adds Twin Shadow, Gang Of Four, Father, Lydia Ainsworth, King Tuff, & Dozens More

SXSW has announced the second round of artists that will be making their way to Austin in March. The list includes Twin Shadow (who revealed he would be playing the festival earlier this month), Gang Of Four, Father, Lydia Ainsworth, King Tuff, Surfer Blood, Yumi Zouma, and a DJ set from Blue Hawaii. These grou… More »

By: James Rettig / November 18, 2014 - 11:11 am

SXSW 2015 Initial Band List Revealed

The musical component of SXSW 2015 is going down March 17-22 in Austin, and the first round of performers was announced this morning. Among the most notable names on the docket: Reigning Album Of The Week winner Jessie Ware, Pharmakon, Thee Oh Sees, Courtney Barnett, Bishop Nehru, Mew, Alvvways, Twerps, the Twilight Sad, Carl Barat… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 22, 2014 - 10:56 am

SXSW Issues Statement: Not Leaving Austin, Hopes To Limit Some Unofficial Events

This morning, we learned that SXSW had commissioned a report from the design and planning firm Populous, which suggested that the Austin festival should try to pressure the city to limit the unofficial shows that always surround the festival. The report also recommended that the festival pull the ultimate team-owner dick move and threaten to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Will SXSW Ban Unofficial Shows?

If you’ve ever been to SXSW, you probably know that the unofficial shows that surround the festival — the free daytime marathons, the corporate-sponsored superstar surprise shows, the late-night bridge shows — are as important as the official events that you need a badge or wristband to get into. They might be more important. But… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2014 - 9:49 am

Fourth Person Dies From SXSW Car Crash

The horrific SXSW hit-and-run keeps getting worse. On the night of March 12, one Rashad Owens, trying to escape from police, plowed into a crowd of people outside the Austin venue the Mohawk, killing several and injuring many more. Two victims, Steven Craenmehr and Jamie Ranae West, died that night, while Sandy Le, a third,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Tyler, The Creator SXSW Statement: That Wasn’t A Riot

Last week, during a SXSW day show at the Scoot Inn, Tyler, The Creator told the fans lined up outside the venue — and there were a lot of them — to push their way in. They did. And when Tyler was leaving Austin, Austin police arrested him and charged him with inciting a riot,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2014 - 9:35 am
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