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Tyler, The Creator Almost Started A Riot At SXSW

One contender for the most thrilling performance I’ve ever witnessed at SXSW was Odd Future’s show at the Scoot Inn in 2011, the year the chaotic skate-rat rap crew was all anybody could talk about in Austin. It was total madness in a good way — the kind of anarchy you want out of a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014 - 11:31 am

SXSW Crash Suspect Was There To Perform

Now that Austin police have released the name of the alleged drunk driver responsible for this week’s horrific and deadly SXSW hit-and-run, details about him have begun to emerge. According to The Austin American-Statesman, Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, is a father of six from Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles north of Austin. He’s also a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014 - 10:17 am

Watch Twin Shadow Play In A Dumpster At SXSW

Funny Or Die just released a video parodying the secret popup shows of SXSW. It features Twin Shadow performing in a dumpster and is referred to as rare footage of a highly exclusive event, one where people are more concerned with capturing things on their phones than actually paying attention. Even though it’s pretty silly,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 13, 2014 - 2:51 pm

SXSW 2014: Best Bets For Thursday

In the wake of the tragedy that occurred last night, our day party at House Of Vans At Mohawk has been canceled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the accident. Everywhere else around Austin, bands will play on. You’ve still got lots to do during the daytime, including sets by… More »

By: Stereogum / March 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Play “Mr. Tembo” & “Lonely Press Play” On Jimmy Kimmel’s SXSW Week

Damon Albarn has been performing a lot during SXSW to promote his upcoming solo album Everyday Robots, including a late-night career-spanning set at NPR’s showcase. Now you can see video of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s show at the AT&T stage, where Albarn performs the new song “Mr. Tembo” and the previously released “Lonely Press Play.” Watch… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 13, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Future Islands Owned Last Night At SXSW

Even before the horrible, tragic hit-and-run last night, Austin was dark last night. I’ve been coming to SXSW for six years now, and while prevalent drunkenness and corporate sponsorships have been a big part of the throwdown for as long as I can remember, they haven’t combined into a terrifying kaleidoscope the way I’ve see… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Damon Albarn Closes SXSW Day 2 With Career-Spanning Set, But No Hits

After a long night featuring sets alternatively blistering (Perfect Pussy, Eagulls), danceable (Kelis), and mind-altering (St. Vincent), somewhere around 1:20 AM, NPR’s Wednesday night SXSW showcase wound around to its headliner, Damon Albarn. The show happened at Stubb’s BBQ, which by SXSW standards is considered a larger stage (or, at least, it has been considered… More »

By: Ryan Leas / March 13, 2014 - 11:49 am

Watch Charli XCX Debut New Single “Breaking Up” At SXSW

We just learned that Charli XCX did a session with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for her new album, and damn if this new single “Breaking Up” doesn’t sound like Cuomo’s handiwork. When that cock-rock guitar kicks in, you can practically see the Flying V. Charli, who penned Icona Pop’s aggressive pop smash “I Love It,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 11:31 am

Kanye & Jay Z Brought The Throne To SXSW’s Samsung Owners

As previously reported, Kanye West and Jay Z headlined Samsung’s SXSW showcase last night at Austin Music Hall. Attendance was free for people with Samsung devices that have installed Samsung’s new streaming service Milk Music (not to be confused with these guys). As ABC notes, Samsung’s show was in direct competition with Kendrick Lamar and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 10:21 am

Watch YG Perform With Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign At SXSW & Hear His New Kendrick Lamar Collab “Really Be”

Last night, the up-and-coming Compton rapper YG played what’s sure to be the first of many guest-heavy shows at the Fader Fort, always a hub for big moments. Befitting his status as a leading light of the revitalized West Coast rap scene, YG had a couple of important guests: Ratchet-music crooner Ty Dolla $ign who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2014 - 10:01 am

2 Dead In SXSW Hit-And-Run

Horrible news from Austin: Tonight, outside the local venue the Mohawk, a drunk driver fleeing from police plowed into an area that had been blocked off for SXSW, killing at least two people. Several reports state that the driver sped into the blocked-off intersection outside the club at 9th and Red River, hitting a terrifying… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2014 - 4:16 am

Here’s The Schedule For Stereogum’s SXSW ’14 Party Tomorrow

UPDATE 3/13: In light of yesterday’s tragedy outside the Mohawk, Stereogum’s event has been canceled.


Just a reminder that Stereogum’s SXSW ’14 party comes to House Of Vans at the Mohawk (912 Red River St. @ 10th Ave) in Austin tomorrow, 3/13. Starting at noon, we’ll have 12 bands performing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

SXSW 2014: Best Bets For Wednesday

Today, the madness begins in earnest. The daytime parties on Wednesday afternoon are loaded top to bottom. You could see the Pusha T/Dum Dum Girls/Charli XCX-led bill at House Of Vans, OR Speedy Ortiz/Perfect Pussy, et. al. at the French Legation Museum, OR Future Islands/The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Flamingo Cantina, OR… More »

By: Stereogum / March 12, 2014 - 11:30 am

Neil Young’s SXSW Keynote Derailed By Simple Question About Pono

During the buildup to Pono, his new high-resolution digital music player, Neil Young and his bevy of rock star pals have presented his new product as an advancement for music fans who want real quality from their recordings. Yesterday, during a keynote speech at SXSW Interactive, Young upped the ante, basically arguing that the MP3… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2014 - 10:03 am

Watch Coldplay Debut “Always In My Head” & “Another’s Arms” At SXSW

Last night the celebrification of SXSW continued with the arrival of the iTunes Festival and its first headliner, those promising up-and-comers Coldplay. Chris Martin and company played an 11-song set at Austin’s Moody Theater that featured the live debut of four songs from the upcoming Ghost Stories. Two of them were songs we hadn’t heard… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2014 - 8:18 am

SXSW 2014: Best Bets For Tuesday

The SXSW Music Conference officially kicks off today, but it’s sort of a soft launch; with a majority of attendees arriving no earlier than that afternoon, Tuesday’s music festivities are relatively limited, and don’t really get going until after dark. In fact, one of Tuesday’s best bets isn’t even part of the Music Conference, but… More »

By: Stereogum / March 11, 2014 - 11:18 am

Win A Pair of Motörhead, Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Or Rise Against Vans

During SXSW next week, Vans will reissue a limited run of some of their iconic band-themed shoes, and we’ve got a bunch of pairs you can win. Collaborations with Circle Jerks, Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Rise Against will be put out in a quantity of 150 per band: 50 will be available at the Va… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 7, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Lady Gaga Is Playing SXSW In A Doritos Vending Machine After All

Last week, we reported that the city of Austin had denied Lady Gaga permission to perform on the Doritos stage, a giant vending machine that the company erects right in the middle of downtown Austin, a SXSW landmark you cannot miss. The city had opted not to give Doritos the permit on the entirely reasonable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014 - 8:52 am

Soundgarden Will Perform Superunknown Front-To-Back At SXSW

Lady Gaga might not be able to perform at SXSW the way she wants, but the Austin clusterfuck won’t be short on way-too-famous people this year, in case you were concerned. Apple is bringing its iTunes festival to SXSW for the first time, taking over Austin’s Moody Theater, and they’ve already lined up shows with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 10:29 am

Austin Denies Permit For Lady Gaga To Play In A Giant Doritos Vending Machine At SXSW

Two years ago, one of the greatest, weirdest landmarks in downtown Austin during SXSW was the Doritos Stage, a gigantic monstrosity made up to look like an actual vending machine, with giant Doritos bags up front and people performing down where, on a regular-sized vending machine, the food would fall out. (Last year, the stage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 9:18 am
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