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Margo Price, Psychedelic Furs and more live music this week

Friday: Margo Price, Colter Wall at Emo’s. A star of last year’s South by Southwest, Price didn’t play the official event this year, but she still turned up at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion last week and blazed through the best set of the day. That was just a 40-minute teaser for the full show she and her ace band will play at Emo’s. Opener Colter Wall, a Canadian upstart...
Did composer Gustav Mahler know the worst was yet to come in his life?

Did composer Gustav Mahler know the worst was yet to come in his life?

Biographically, we know that composer Gustav Mahler was personally at his happiest and most satisfied from the summer of 1903 through the summer of 1904, the period during which he started and completed his Sixth Symphony. Yet this symphony — 80 minutes without intermission and being performed by Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony for the first time Friday and Saturday — is not a happy-go-lucky...
Hanson returns to SXSW softball field where fate intervened in 1994

Hanson returns to SXSW softball field where fate intervened in 1994

“This is what happens when you try to sing a song you basically haven’t sung in 23 years.” The three brothers of musical group Hanson have gathered for a Statesman video shoot at Krieg Softball Complex, where a pivotal moment in their career took place in 1994. Isaac, Taylor and Zac — then 13, 11 and 8, respectively — came out to South by Southwest’s annual softball...
PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Music and Film Highlights

PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Music and Film Highlights

PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Stolen Moments

PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Stolen Moments

Garth Brooks, hip-hop stars and sunny skies close out SXSW 2017

Garth Brooks, hip-hop stars and sunny skies close out SXSW 2017

South by Southwest Music Festival organizers couldn’t have asked for better weather for the biggest free show they’ve ever presented at Auditorium Shores. On Saturday, Garth Brooks, who swiftly sells out arenas around the world, was scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. in the South Austin park after a daylong country music showcase under clear skies amid temperatures in the low 80s. ...
‘As I Walk Through the Valley’ shines light on South Texas music scenes

‘As I Walk Through the Valley’ shines light on South Texas music scenes

Catastrophe performing at Trenton Point in Edinburg, Texas, in 1999. Contributed by Donner Maldonado Along the longest stretch of international borderland in one state exists the Rio Grande Valley, where the convergence of Spanish guitar, German accordion and African-American and Anglo-European rhythms gave birth to innovative and eclectic music scenes.
Austin Music Awards hit all the right notes to kick off SXSW Music

Austin Music Awards hit all the right notes to kick off SXSW Music

Awards shows – but music awards shows especially – are all about vulnerable moments and collisions between people who would not usually be in close proximity to each other. The awards themselves are fine, but they’re mostly there to serve as the connective tissue between live music pairings that see experienced hands sharing the stage with new partners and featured guests, with fireworks...
5 things to know about SXSW on Thursday

5 things to know about SXSW on Thursday

South by Southwest keeps rolling on. Here are five things you need to know about the conference and festivals for Thursday: 1. Get your game on: The SXSW Gaming Conference and Festival kicks into full swing Thursday. Unlike years past, this year’s SXSW Gaming is a separate track, and there is a charge to get in. Sessions will take on the growth of virtual reality and augmented reality in games...
Three movies at SXSW that treat music very differently

Three movies at SXSW that treat music very differently

From left, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling star in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.
Why Kenny Rogers decided it was time to fold ‘em

Why Kenny Rogers decided it was time to fold ‘em

Kenny Rogers’ life has been a literal rags-to-riches story. Born in public housing in Houston 78 years ago, Rogers began a career as a successful local jazz musician before blitzing the pop and country charts in a hit-making trajectory that has few equals. In the course of his six-decade career, Rogers has, as a solo artist and duet partner, notched a dozen chart-topping albums (via Billboard)...
Remember music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan in new Bullock Museum exhibit

Remember music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan in new Bullock Museum exhibit

Missed seeing him play live at Austin clubs or on stages around the world? You’ve no doubt heard his scorching guitar riffs on radio or on recordings. Maybe you’ve walked around the statue of him on the hike-and-bike trail at Vic Mathias Shores. Few names in the constellation of Austin music stars have shone as bright as Stevie Ray Vaughan. The story of his life — an all-too-short...
Evan Johns, 60, left his mark on Austin music as a firebrand guitarist

Evan Johns, 60, left his mark on Austin music as a firebrand guitarist

Evan Johns, who moved to Austin from Virginia three decades ago and became one of the city’s most prominent guitarists and colorful characters, died Saturday night at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center after complications from recent surgeries. He was 60. Born July 12, 1956, Johns was raised in the Washington suburb of McLean, Va., and was already prodigious on guitar in his early...
What people are saying about the Austin film ‘Song to Song’

What people are saying about the Austin film ‘Song to Song’

“Song to Song” filming wrapped in Austin nearly six years ago and the world finally got a look at the Terrence Malick flick at its South by Southwest premiere Friday night. The film is not short on star power with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara as up-and-coming musicians, Michael Fassbender as a music producer and Natalie Portman as a waitress. The movie features scenes all over Austin...
SXSW picks: Top music choices from our team

SXSW picks: Top music choices from our team

So much music! It started well before official South by Southwest showcases, during the first weekend of the SXSW Conference. The official music festival and its showcases really kick into gear — or go to 11 — Tuesday. Here are some top picks from our Austin360 team. TUESDAY 7 p.m. Noname (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop): The Chicago rapper who’s graced Chance’s tracks unleashed...
New SXSW tradition: Curating the absurd ways bands describe themselves

New SXSW tradition: Curating the absurd ways bands describe themselves

In the absence of a major league sports team, Austin has to get creative with its pasttimes. Normally, we cling to the burnt orange glories of the Texas Longhorns, but they’ve been frozen hamburger for a few seasons. South by Southwest has now roared into town for its annual weakening of the city’s collective hold on reality, however. That means it’s time to kick back and poke fun...
SoulCycle class DJed by M.I.A. drummer is most SXSW workout ever

SoulCycle class DJed by M.I.A. drummer is most SXSW workout ever

It’s not every day that an internationally known DJ plays the music at your spin class, but that’s exactly what happened at the new downtown SoulCycle location, 400 Congress Ave.
SXSW 2017: Around the world in five days

SXSW 2017: Around the world in five days

For the next week, it will be possible to go on a global musical journey without leaving Austin. We teamed with Michael Crockett, host of “Horizontes” on KUTX (7 to 10 p.m. Sundays), to put together a selection of Latin and World music picks at South by Southwest. Follow our live fest coverage at austin360.com and kutx.org. TUESDAY Matzka (Taitung, Taiwan) Reggae/rock singer...
Not SXSW: Stevie Nicks, Pretenders, Chuck Prophet, plus Rodeo Austin

Not SXSW: Stevie Nicks, Pretenders, Chuck Prophet, plus Rodeo Austin

The South by Southwest Music Festival officially starts on Monday, and private events during SXSW Interactive will occupy many venues this weekend. But a handful of high-profile events offer music opportunities beyond SXSW’s horizons. Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet at Continental Club. In past years, Bay Area rocker Prophet often was ubiquitous at SXSW, but this time he’s coming in early...
A-List photos: John Aielli 50th Anniversary Concert at Hogg Auditorium on March 7

A-List photos: John Aielli 50th Anniversary Concert at Hogg Auditorium on March 7

A-List photos from the John Aielli 50th Anniversary Concert at Hogg Auditorium in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Who is Lizzo? She’s already a breakout artist for SXSW 2017

Who is Lizzo? She’s already a breakout artist for SXSW 2017

As the South by Southwest schedule started to take shape, we started to get a sense of which artists everyone will be talking about this year. In past years, this has inspired a flurry of hard Googling. Who is Anderson.Paak? Future Islands did what on David Letterman? How many dudes are actually in Migos? But it turns out, we’re already experts on one of this year’s surefire breakouts...
SXSW 2017: 11 soul and blues acts to catch

SXSW 2017: 11 soul and blues acts to catch

Goldlink. The 23-year-old singer/rapper might be this year’s Anderson.Paak riding funky, city slicker grooves with his rhythmic flow. (TBA) Bilal. The singer whose silky vocal innovations made him a standard bearer for neo-soul in the early aughts continues to experiment with complex musical ideas. (11:20 p.m. March 14, Buffalo Billiards) Stella. Carlos Santana’s daughter makes sultry...
SXSW 2017: PWR BTTM and the art of the musical glitter bomb

SXSW 2017: PWR BTTM and the art of the musical glitter bomb

I didn’t have a particular sparkle pattern in mind when I streaked purple glitter down the sides of my face, but I ended up resembling a disco King Diamond. The great thing about glitter is that it never stays where it’s supposed to. You can still see the metallic dust rubbed into the cracked leather of my friend Emily’s passenger seat. I spilled it there while smearing my face with...
SXSW: Venezuelan rockers La Vida Bohème to release new album ‘La Lucha’

SXSW: Venezuelan rockers La Vida Bohème to release new album ‘La Lucha’

When Venezuelan rockers La Vida Bohème first performed at South by Southwest in 2012, they didn’t think that Austin would become their most visited U.S. city in the coming years. Since their debut album “Nuestra,” the band has returned almost yearly to play various local festivals including the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Pachanga Latino Music Festival. &ldquo...
You want it darker: Into the electropop shadows at SXSW 2017

You want it darker: Into the electropop shadows at SXSW 2017

I know that the nation is wracked with turmoil right now, but geez. Doesn’t anyone make happy, bleepy, bloopy music anymore? If you’re looking for synth-driven delights at South by Southwest Music Festival — the festival that in recent years brought us the middle-finger shimmer of Chvrches, the FM glee of Smallpools and the bubblegum bliss of Betty Who — you’ll need to...
Nicole Atkins’ local ties include collaborations with Cotton Mather

Nicole Atkins’ local ties include collaborations with Cotton Mather

You can’t pin Nicole Atkins down to just one place. The big-voiced indie-pop singer-songwriter, a native of New Jersey who spent some time in North Carolina and New York and now lives in Nashville, recorded two of her first three albums in Sweden. But she also has ties to Texas: “Goodnight Rhonda Lee,” her upcoming fourth album, was recorded in Fort Worth at Niles City Sound, the...
Pink Martini serves up an international musical cocktail

Pink Martini serves up an international musical cocktail

Imagine you’re a veteran pianist and bandleader sequencing your new album. Let’s start with the French song, you might say. Then let’s go with the Portuguese number, then the one in Farsi, then the numbers in Turkish, Arabic, Armenian and Xhosa. Heck, let’s even throw in a couple in English. How to describe Pink Martini’s come-fly-with-me style? Phrases like “international...
Photos: Daya performs at Emo’s on March 4, 2017

Photos: Daya performs at Emo’s on March 4, 2017

Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, Elle King among Rodeo Austin highlights

Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, Elle King among Rodeo Austin highlights

What if someone told you that Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, Fitz & the Tantrums and Charley Pride would be here during South by Southwest — but none of them would be playing any SXSW shows? It’s like there’s a whole other rodeo in town. That’s Rodeo Austin, to be specific. The annual event at the Travis County Exposition Center on the eastern edge of town doesn&rsquo...
Instrumental band My Education combines rock and classical elements

Instrumental band My Education combines rock and classical elements

“Schiphol,” the latest release from Austin instrumental band My Education, starts out quietly and deliberately, fading into a short “Intro” track with droning strings, echoing guitars and the kind of spacious atmospherics that have been a hallmark of the group’s work since the beginning. Over the next few songs, the music intensifies, pulls back, and swirls into psychedelic...
Cilantro Boombox, Against Me!, Son Volt and more play Austin this week

Cilantro Boombox, Against Me!, Son Volt and more play Austin this week

Friday: Cilantro Boombox at Waterloo Records. The eight-man crew has a fantastic knack for layering brassy blasts and funky bass lines onto rich polyrhythms to create booty-moving experiences. Their new eight-song release “Shine”captures the rollicking vibe of their Afro-Latin-reggae-funk mashups, but do yourself a favor and catch it live. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords...
Spoon tops the list of Austin bands making a splash at SXSW 2017

Spoon tops the list of Austin bands making a splash at SXSW 2017

It’s a big year for Austin’s “S” bands at South by Southwest: In addition to Shinyribs and Sweet Spirit, the festival will be getting a heaping helping of Spoon. Celebrating the March 17 release of its new album “Hot Thoughts,” Britt Daniel’s indie-rock titans will take over the old Emo’s location at Sixth and Red River streets — thoughtfully rechristened...
David Cassidy is speaking out about his battle with dementia

David Cassidy is speaking out about his battle with dementia

Former teen heart throb and “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy talks to Dr. Phil McGraw about his battle with dementia in an interview set to air on Wednesday’s “Dr. Phil” show. Cassidy, 66, recently took a tumble on stage during a concert and worried fans speculated the singer might be drinking again. He’s been arrested for drunk driving several times in the...
Shinyribs grew from the little band that could to the big band that is

Shinyribs grew from the little band that could to the big band that is

It’s the last day of 2016, and thousands of Austinites have gathered at Auditorium Shores to ring in 2017 in the heart of downtown for the city’s official New Year’s Eve party. The seven-hour affair features a smorgasbord of local acts, from soulful singers to indie rockers to country troubadours to blues rockers to Latin jazz masters and beyond. But when it comes time for the headliner...
Duo behind Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog go all in for art and music

Duo behind Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog go all in for art and music

It’s late February and Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen are broke. Flat busted. In less than a month, their two bands — soul pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit and glam punk deviants A Giant Dog — are poised to be among the highest-profile Austin acts at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Fest appearances will include a slot for each band on the Spoon-curated and headlined showcases...
A-list: Amos Lee, 02.25.17

A-list: Amos Lee, 02.25.17

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about. Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.  In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist. Harvard Foundation...
Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.
Not just Lady Gaga: Anti-Texas bathroom bill stars have pro-LGBT cred

Not just Lady Gaga: Anti-Texas bathroom bill stars have pro-LGBT cred

One minute Lady Gaga is flying over Houston, suspended by cables and dressed like Swarovski Batman. The next minute, she’s joining 140 or so entertainers to call for an end to “legislation that would target the LGBTQ community” in the Lone Star State. As the meme goes: Life comes at you fast, Texas. Would you believe that Texans have some opinions about an open letter from a small...
Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival lost its appeal against Travis County, a judge ruled this week, affirming a district judge’s decision from more than a year ago to dismiss the case. The organizers of Euphoria Music and Camping Festival sued the county in 2015 over the mass gathering permit guidelines the Commissioners Court had just approved, which regulate hours for large permitted events. Organizers...
Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Austin City Hall’s top music official, Don Pitts, failed to report a subordinate who billed the city $2,500 for work her boyfriend apparently never performed as part of a scheme to be reimbursed for unauthorized travel expenses, an investigation by the city auditor found. Additionally, the auditor’s office filed an ethics complaint against the now-former city employee Pitts failed to discipline...
Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro celebrates 40 years

Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro celebrates 40 years

A-List: Funky Meters at ACL Live, 02.16.17

A-List: Funky Meters at ACL Live, 02.16.17

Tacocat, a tribute to Neil Young and more live music this week

Tacocat, a tribute to Neil Young and more live music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. The Paramount seems drawn to West Texas living legends lately, as the first few weeks of 2017 have brought marquee events for Terry Allen, Joe Ely and now Delbert McClinton. All three spent their early years in the Panhandle, but McClinton, who got his start in music as a teen in Fort Worth, became a star after moving to Los Angeles in...
City music manager Don Pitts resigns while on administrative leave

City music manager Don Pitts resigns while on administrative leave

Don Pitts, music program manager for the city’s Music and Entertainment Office, resigned Tuesday morning after a month on paid administrative leave. Pitts, whose city salary was $95,180.80, was placed on leave Jan. 13, pending completion of a city auditor investigation. “I didn’t follow exact city protocol on an incident that I handled,” Pitts said Tuesday afternoon. He declined...
Joy Villa turns heads at Grammys with Trump-inspired 'Make America Great Again' gown

Joy Villa turns heads at Grammys with Trump-inspired 'Make America Great Again' gown

On Sunday evening in Los Angeles, musicians gathered for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the biggest night in music for many mainstream musicians.
‘The Magic iPod’ website is nostalgia incarnate

‘The Magic iPod’ website is nostalgia incarnate

If you’re the type of music fan that thinks, “You know what this DMX song needs? A remix with Vanessa Carlton,” then wait no longer.
Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: My Education record release show

Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: My Education record release show

After a busy South by Southwest that saw them playing six times in five days (including two official SXSW showcases), My Education — our Austin360 Artist of the Month — wrapped a busy March by playing two sets in one club on Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Schiphol.
This week’s music picks: Psychedelic Furs, Shovels & Rope and more

This week’s music picks: Psychedelic Furs, Shovels & Rope and more

Wednesday: Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock at Emo’s. Don’t get us wrong: Singer Richard Butler’s archetypal 1980s new-wave band Psychedelic Furs is still well worth seeing, even though they haven’t released a record in 25 years.
Austin360 On The Record: Spoon, Ruthie Foster, Will Johnson, Lili Blessing

Austin360 On The Record: Spoon, Ruthie Foster, Will Johnson, Lili Blessing

RECENTLY RELEASED Jim Eno, left to right, Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Spoon perform at The Main during South by Southwest on Tuesday March 14, 2017.
Remembering J.A.M.O.N., godfather of the Austin house scene

Remembering J.A.M.O.N., godfather of the Austin house scene

Courtesy of John Wesley Horne. On March 6, Austin’s dance music scene was dealt a devastating blow when Jamon Jaleki Horne, a house DJ who dominated local clubs, spinning under the name J.
Gone Country: Hear Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s new duet ‘Speak to a Girl’

Gone Country: Hear Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s new duet ‘Speak to a Girl’

  The wait is over, country fans. The new duet from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw is now available to stream.
Lollapalooza lineup? We’ll take Lorde, the XX, Arcade Fire for ACL Fest

Lollapalooza lineup? We’ll take Lorde, the XX, Arcade Fire for ACL Fest

(Photo credit: Ashley Landis for American-Statesman) The 2017 Austin City Limits Festival roster won’t be out til May, but with the lineup for Lollapalooza out today, we’re getting a sense of which acts are working the mega-fest circuit this year.
Weekend music picks: Margo Price, Jerry Jeff Walker, My Education

Weekend music picks: Margo Price, Jerry Jeff Walker, My Education

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Margo Price, Colter Wall at Emo’s. A star of last year’s South by Southwest, Price didn’t play the official event this year, but she still turned up at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion last Thursday and blazed through the best set of the day.

SXSW announces 2017 Grulke Prize winners: Lemon Twigs, Jain, Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock performs at Central Presbyterian Church during SXSW on Friday, March 17, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Another South by Southwest is in the books, and the conference has announced this year’s winners of the Grulke Prize: Lemon Twigs, Jain and Robyn Hitchcock.
This week’s music picks: Bryan Ferry, Blink-182 and more

This week’s music picks: Bryan Ferry, Blink-182 and more

Daily: Rodeo Austin at Travis County Exposition Center. The SXSW circus has left town, but the rodeo is staying around for another week.
Mastodon goes back to roots, debuts new music at SXSW, in warm up for ACL Live show in May

Mastodon goes back to roots, debuts new music at SXSW, in warm up for ACL Live show in May

Mastodon didn’t have lasers back in the day, but the band has played rooms like Empire before.
Some of our favorite moments from SXSW 2017

Some of our favorite moments from SXSW 2017

The final notes have been played, but we’re still reliving all the rocking, inspiring and just plain fun musical moments from South by Southwest 2017. Check out these highlights from our team. Catch up on all our coverage — photos, video, reviews, news, nutty moments, fun moments, our favorite looks — at austin360.com/sxsw. Rest up: We’ll see you at the next fest.
Check out these acts! They’re some of our favorites from SXSW 2017

Check out these acts! They’re some of our favorites from SXSW 2017

It’s all over but the napping. Here, our music team shares some of their favorite acts from South by Southwest 2017. Catch up on the whole SXSW Conference and Festivals at austin360.com/sxsw and 512tech.com. Solange: In an hourlong set that felt like a lucid dream, Solange drew us into her world. She created dramatic stage pictures through intricate choreography with the interpretive...
Hanson remembers the SXSW softball game, brisket, and the Alamo

Hanson remembers the SXSW softball game, brisket, and the Alamo

“This is what happens when you try to sing a song you basically haven’t sung in 23 years.
Garth Brooks serenades SXSW, and all his fans sing along

Garth Brooks serenades SXSW, and all his fans sing along

  Out there in the middle of the crowd, you couldn’t help but get swept up in it: A giant mob of Garth Brooks fans packed into the South by Southwest Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, singing along at the top of their lungs to every single song.
SXSW: You’ve never seen anything like Anna Meredith

SXSW: You’ve never seen anything like Anna Meredith

There’s more than a fair share of lo-fi surf-rock bands, left-field rappers and indie electronic acts at SXSW 2017, but there’s nothing I’ve seen quite like Anna Meredith.
SXSW 2017: Graham Williams stresses importance of small venues during Saturday panel

SXSW 2017: Graham Williams stresses importance of small venues during Saturday panel

Discussing the high rate of turnover in the small music venue segment of the Austin ecosystem Saturday, local promoter Graham Williams made a startling observation; that the Continental Club is perhaps the only small full-time music space from the first South By Southwest still in operation.
SXSW 2017: Fest reps say international artist visa problems did not increase significantly this year

SXSW 2017: Fest reps say international artist visa problems did not increase significantly this year

Despite several high profile incidents in which international artists headed to the South by Southwest Music Festival reported being detained, handcuffed and deported, a festival spokesperson said Saturday that the number of international artists denied entry to the country “was not significantly higher than in years past that we are aware of.
Once in a lifetime: Garth Brooks super fans camp out for tonight’s SXSW show

Once in a lifetime: Garth Brooks super fans camp out for tonight’s SXSW show

At Auditorium Shores Saturday afternoon there was a calm before the coming storm as crowds for the night’s Garth Brooks show were still sparse and entry was easy.
Lil Yachty at SXSW is what happens when fame meets a lack of skill

Lil Yachty at SXSW is what happens when fame meets a lack of skill

If you went to an at all socially diverse college or university in the ‘90s then there’s a decent chance you attended or were aware of an open-mic hip hop cypher, where hopeful MCs would gather and trade verses.
Half Waif on the secret of surviving SXSW: Cheese and Jeopardy

Half Waif on the secret of surviving SXSW: Cheese and Jeopardy

“This has been a real rollercoaster of emotions. We just got done playing a show and I was nervous about that, then I was excited after we played, and now I’m nervous again,” singer Nandi Rose Plunkett said as her band Half Waif took the indoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s Friday night.
SXSW 2017: Big Star’s Third mesmerizes with strings at downtown church

SXSW 2017: Big Star’s Third mesmerizes with strings at downtown church

“We either did something really right, or really wrong,” Ken Stringfellow deadpanned as the giant stained-glass panels on both sides of the Central Presbyterian Church stage suddenly beamed with glowing light near the end of Friday’s performance by Big Star’s Third.
Neko Case: ‘I know it’s SXSW, but don’t be cool. Just nerd.’

Neko Case: ‘I know it’s SXSW, but don’t be cool. Just nerd.’

03/17/2017 Neko Case performs at The Showtime House (Clive Bar) during an event at SXSW. Neko Case loves “Twin Peaks.
M. Ward at Twin Peaks party was quite the SXSW chill pill

M. Ward at Twin Peaks party was quite the SXSW chill pill

03/17/2017 M. Ward performs at The Showtime House (Clive Bar) during an event at SXSW. The music of Portland, Ore.
Prince tribute includes plenty of hits, but no rhymes from Wyclef

Prince tribute includes plenty of hits, but no rhymes from Wyclef

On Friday, Andre Cymone and Dez Dickerson, original members of Prince’s band took the stage at Auditorium Shores to pay tribute to their lifelong friend.
SXSW: An intimate evening with Weezer is a sing-along trip down memory lane

SXSW: An intimate evening with Weezer is a sing-along trip down memory lane

Like so many who grew up in the ’90s, I remember my experience with The Blue Album. It was impossibly cool — a foundational pillar for my budding teenage musical persona and probably the first not completely embarrassing thing I owned on CD.
Growling Future Islands frontman goes a capella at SXSW

Growling Future Islands frontman goes a capella at SXSW

Samuel T. Herring, the frontman for Baltimore synth-rock band Future Islands, sings like a lion is eating David Bowie, and he moves like the Tasmanian Devil if it studied modern dance at Juilliard.

You don’t have to have Garth Brooks’ albums on your phone to get into his SXSW show, but it helps

  A fine-print sentence in a ticket confirmation email for Garth Brooks’ sold-out Saturday show at the South by Southwest stage at Auditorium Shores makes it sound like fans will have to clear an additional hurdle to get into the event.
Garth Brooks talks up Amazon deal and the value of songwriters at SXSW keynote

Garth Brooks talks up Amazon deal and the value of songwriters at SXSW keynote

Garth Brooks speaks at a South by Southwest keynote conversation in the Austin Convention Center on Friday March 17, 2017.
SXSW Flatstock is ready to rock your naked walls

SXSW Flatstock is ready to rock your naked walls

Scenes from the Flatstock show at the Austin Convention Center. Photo by Eric Pulsifer/For the American-Statesman If you’re looking for some affordable art that screams “I like music!

5 things to know about SXSW on Saturday

Sunday is the official last day of South by Southwest 2017, but Saturday is the last packed day. Here are five things to know: 1. Garth Brooks: Free tickets — aimed at Austin residents — to his just-announced Saturday show at Auditorium Shores were gone in five minutes. Some SXSW badgeholders will still be able to get in, space permitting, and gates open at 11 a.m. with music all day,...
SXSW 2017: An interview with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills about Big Star’s Third and more

SXSW 2017: An interview with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills about Big Star’s Third and more

Mike Mills, left, has been part of the Big Star’s Third tribute collective since its inception just after SXSW 2010.
We asked at SXSW: Why are you seeing Hanson in 2017?

We asked at SXSW: Why are you seeing Hanson in 2017?

Hanson got their big break at the South by Southwest softball tournament in 1994. “MMMBop” came out in 1997.
Surprise! Lana Del Rey performing at SXSW on Friday

Surprise! Lana Del Rey performing at SXSW on Friday

Professional sad, swaying lady Lana Del Rey has been added to the South by Southwest lineup on the festival’s website.
Betty Who’s SXSW showstopper: hunky guys, slipping Spanx, perfect pop

Betty Who’s SXSW showstopper: hunky guys, slipping Spanx, perfect pop

We’re all used to name-dropping Gaga, Katy and Britney when we talk about pop divas. But isn’t time we added Betty to the list? Aussie dynamo Betty Who — aka Jessica Newham — staked her claim as a full-body showstopper at South by Southwest on Thursday. Her arms swung, her body dipped, her smile beamed and her glitter-dusted eyes twinkled right from the beginning of the...
On twerking, joy and acceptance: Tunde Olaniran’s SXSW show is a celebration

On twerking, joy and acceptance: Tunde Olaniran’s SXSW show is a celebration

Tunde Olaniran plays Thursday at the Sidewinder during South by Southwest 2017. Eric Pulsifer/For American-Statesman On paper, what Tunde Olaniran does in his live show should be a well-intentioned trainwreck, derailed by trying to be too much.
Luck Reunion serves up Willie and a whole lot more, just west of town

Luck Reunion serves up Willie and a whole lot more, just west of town

  “I’m just here to make sure no one gives beer to the horses.” Well there’s a sentence you’re not going to hear in downtown Austin during South by Southwest.
SXSW fans get a whole lot of Snoop, no whiff of Trump controversy

SXSW fans get a whole lot of Snoop, no whiff of Trump controversy

Snoop Dogg performs at RIO on 6th St. during SXSW on March 16, 2017. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The one thing rap superstar Snoop Dogg wasn’t interested in Thursday night at the Rio nightclub was courting controversy.
Anything but plain Jain is SXSW’s rising pop import

Anything but plain Jain is SXSW’s rising pop import

Jain, a French singer-songwriter, performs at Youtube at Coppertank during SXSW on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
10 things we saw at the 2017 MTV Woodies at SXSW

10 things we saw at the 2017 MTV Woodies at SXSW

Each year at South by Southwest, MTV comes to Austin for the Woodies, an awards show highlighting up-and-coming talent.
SXSW 2017: Lizzo on Southern bass, curvy sensuality and ‘rappers with vaginas’

SXSW 2017: Lizzo on Southern bass, curvy sensuality and ‘rappers with vaginas’

In case you hadn’t heard, one of Team 360’s favorite rapper’s, Lizzo is currently destroying the South by Southwest Music Festival.
Today at SXSW: Rock-ska Mexican band Panteón Rococó plays free outdoor show

Today at SXSW: Rock-ska Mexican band Panteón Rococó plays free outdoor show

Panteon Rococo. SXSW 2017 Even though they have toured extensively through Europe, Panteón Rococó has traveled less in the United States.
Watch: Skylar Gudasz brings a beautiful song to Donn’s Depot during SXSW

Watch: Skylar Gudasz brings a beautiful song to Donn’s Depot during SXSW

Sometimes the big musical rewards come from unexpected places. When we spoke with co-founding R.E.M.
Danny Brown celebrates birthday at SXSW and the crowd gets the party

Danny Brown celebrates birthday at SXSW and the crowd gets the party

Danny Brown performs during South by Southwest on Wednesday at Empire Control Room. Photo by Andy O’Connor When Detroit rapper Danny Brown hit the stage at Empire Control Room on Wednesday night, he had just turned 36 years old.
Today at SXSW: Ozomatli to bring Jamaican-infused Mexican tunes to Lady Bird Lake concert

Today at SXSW: Ozomatli to bring Jamaican-infused Mexican tunes to Lady Bird Lake concert

Ozomatli performs for fans at the Zilker stage at the Austin City Limits festival. The set was an energetic mix of Latin beats.
Rocket From The Crypt squeeze all the sweat they can from sole SXSW show

Rocket From The Crypt squeeze all the sweat they can from sole SXSW show

Rocket From The Crypt performs at the House of Vans party at The Mohawk during South by Southwest on Wednesday March 15, 2017.
Fleetwood Fricke? A great SXSW conversation between drummer and journalist

Fleetwood Fricke? A great SXSW conversation between drummer and journalist

Mick Fleetwood and David Fricke discuss Fleetwood Mac’s early years at a South by Southwest panel on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
SXSW 2017: Avett Brothers film premiere draws cheers from adoring fans

SXSW 2017: Avett Brothers film premiere draws cheers from adoring fans

Filmmakers Michael Bonfiglio, left, and Judd Apatow, right, flank Seth and Scott Avett at the SXSW world premiere of “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” on Wednesday, March 15, at the Paramount Theatre.
At the Drive-In surprise fans with explosive SXSW showcase

At the Drive-In surprise fans with explosive SXSW showcase

Cedric Bixler of At The Drive-In performs at The Mohawk during South by Southwest on Wednesday March 15, 2017.
At SXSW, PWR BTTM attempts Trump exorcism through rock

At SXSW, PWR BTTM attempts Trump exorcism through rock

In Donald Trump’s America, there was no way that queer-punk band PWR BTTM was not going to get political at South by Southwest.
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