SXSW: 2 killed, 23 injured, when intoxicated driver plows car into crowd at SXSW, police say

Video by Socrates Villarreal

[Update: A video from the scene has surfaced on YouTube, shot immediately after the incident with words from witnesses and a view of the area where everything took place. Watch the video above.]

The Dallas Observer, is reporting a tragedy in the early-morning hours of Thursday at Austin’s South By Southwest music festival. The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m., when a suspected drunk driver attempted to evade police by driving against traffic on a one-way street and onto another street that was closed for the festival, killing 2 and injuring 23 before attempting to flee on foot. He was eventually subdued by taser.

Vehicular Manslaughter at SXSW

Dallas’ coverage on its DC9 at Night music blog includes info from a 2:30 a.m. media briefing held by the Austin Police Department. From that coverage:

At 2:30 a.m. this morning, the Austin Police Department held a media briefing in reference to the fatal auto-pedestrian accident at 9th & Red River that took place early this morning. According to Police Chief Art Acevedo, the incident started with a 12:30 a.m. traffic stop at a gas station on 9th Street. The suspect, who Acevedo described as a lone black male, was pulled over in a grey sedan on suspicion of DWI. In an attempt to evade Austin police, the suspect accelerated against traffic down the one-way 9th Street and turned on Red River. He struck two adults on a moped and a taxi cab, and injured 23 total before attempting to flee on foot. Officers had to tase the suspect in order to take him into custody.

At this time, two victims have been pronounced dead, while five remain in critical condition. One victim was resuscitated with CPR on the scene. Acevedo stated there will be two charges of capital murder and 23 charges of aggravated assault with a vehicle filed. The Austin Police Department will not release the names of victims until family is notified.

Keep an eye on DC9 at Night for updated information on this tragic event.

Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala – Photo: David Edward

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has begun work on a disco side-project – click below to see fan footage of the group, who are called AAA Aardvark Getdown Services, playing live.

The outfit includes Parker plus Tame Impala and Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt. Speaking to The West Australian about the group, who performed at Australia’s Festival Gardens over the weekend (February 22), Watson said: “Kevin’s been writing all these disco, Michael Jackson mega-hits that he wouldn’t use for Tame because he’d be too sheepish about it but i’m trying to convince him to because they’re all next-level ‘Thriller’-pop.”

He added: “It’s pretty much Kevin’s home recordings, kind of electronic but with Ben Witt who plays guitar and maybe another guy and Cam playing with Kev.” According to Perth Now, meanwhile, their set was filled with songs which were influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Chic and Blondie.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs everyday, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

Tame Impala are set to play this summer’s Latitude festival. They will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn on the bill, with Agnes Obel, Jungle, Damien Jurado, Julia Holter, Valerie June, Koreless, East India Youth, Kwabs, Eagulls and Fat White Family also included on the line-up.

SXSW 2014 (March 7 – 16, 2014 • Austin, TX) announces a ton of more artists

Black Lips band

Black Lips band

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they’ve just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

For more information visit the SXSW website

Round Two – Announced November 19, 2013
Achilles (Atlanta GA)
Aeges (Los Angeles CA)
Air Traffic Controller (Boston MA)
Alika & Nueva Alianza (Los Angeles CA)
Anushka (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Apache Relay (Nashville TN)
Arborea (Lewiston ME)
Arkells (Hamilton CANADA)
Jay Arner (Vancouver CANADA)
Syd Arthur (Canterbury UK-ENGLAND)
Nicole Atkins (Asbury NJ)
Avan Lava (New York NY)
Baby In Vain (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Baby Robots (Austin TX)
Bagheera (Houston TX)
Ballet School (Berlin GERMANY)
The Bambir (Gyumri ARMENIA)
Richard Barone (New York NY)
The Baseball Project (Portland OR)
James Bay (Hitchin UK-ENGLAND)
Beat King (Houston TX)
Arthur Beatrice (London UK-ENGLAND)
Greta Svabo Bech (Tórshavn FAROE ISLANDS)
Andrew Belle (Chicago IL)
The Belle Game (Vancouver CANADA)
Bestial Mouths (Los Angeles CA)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
The Binary Code (Clifton NJ)
Bipolar Sunshine (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Blackbear (Hollywood CA)
Black City Lights (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
The Black Lillies (Knoxville AK)
Black Lips (Atlanta GA)
Black Pistol Fire (Austin TX)
The Blind Pets (Austin TX)
Blondfire (Los Angeles CA)
Blouse (Portland OR)
Bobby Jealousy (Austin TX)
Bo Ningen (Tokyo JAPAN)
Boy and Bear (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
TJ Boyce (Houston TX)
Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)
Will Brennan (Atlanta GA)
Brick + Mortar (Toms River NJ)
Tom Brosseau (Los Angeles CA)
Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati OH)
Bully (Nashville TN)
Cairn String Quartet (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Catfish and the Bottlemen (Llandudno UK-WALES)
Dustin Cavazos (Dallas TX)
Cello Fury (Pittsburgh PA)
Cerebral Ballzy (Brooklyn NY)
Tim Chaisson (Charlottetown UNITED STATES)
Cherub (Nashville TN)
ChoZe (Atlanta GA)
Circuit des Yeux (Chicago IL)
Claire (Munich GERMANY)
Cloud Boat (London UK-ENGLAND)
Cocos Lovers (Deal UK-ENGLAND)
Coldair (Warsaw POLAND)
Cole Boyz (Huntsville AL)
The Colourist (Orange County CA)
Communist Daughter (Saint Paul MN)
Complete (Fort Worth TX)
Cory Mo (Houston TX)
The Couch (Austin TX)
The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Cross Record (Austin TX)
Fauntella Crow (Venice Beach CA)
Crying Nut (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Daley (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
The Darcys (Toronto CANADA)
Andra Day (San Diego CA)
Dead C (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
The Delta Riggs (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Diarrhea Planet (Nashville TN)
DJ Grip (Austin TX)
Gord Downie & The Sadies (Toronto CANADA)
Kevin Drew (Toronto CANADA)
Dub Fx (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Dune Rats (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Shelby Earl (Seattle WA)
The Eastern Sea (Austin TX)
Tim Easton (Nashville TN)
East 35 (Austin TX)
Elizabeth & the Catapult (Brooklyn NY)
EMA (Portland OR)
Empires (Chicago IL)
Esben and the Witch (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dana Falconberry (Austin TX)
The Farewell Drifters (Nashville TN)
Fear Of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Felo (Houston TX)
Fenster (Berlin GERMANY)
Fielded (New York NY)
Flo Morrissey (London UK-ENGLAND)
Nils Frahm (Berlin GERMANY)
Sage Francis (Providence RI)
Fresno (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Max Frost (Austin TX)
Ezra Furman (Oakland CA)
Future Islands (Baltimore MD)
Galaxy Express (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Travis Garland (Lubbock TX)
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (New York NY)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
The Giving Tree Band (Yorkville IL)
Glen Check (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
G. Love (Philadelphia PA)
Go DJ JB (Austin TX)
Gossling (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
The Great American Canyon Band (Baltimore MD)
Great Good Fine Ok (Brooklyn NY)
Jackie Greene (Sacramento CA)
Gripin (Istanbul TURKEY)
The Growl (Perth AUSTRALIA)
G-Side (Huntsville AL)
Gunplay (Miami FL)
Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield MO)
Danny B. Harvey (Austin TX)
The Heatwave (London UK-ENGLAND)
Heavy Cream (Nashville TN)
Hellbenders (Brasília BRAZIL)
Hi Fashion (Los Angeles CA)
Highasakite (Oslo NORWAY)
The History Of Apple Pie (London UK-ENGLAND)
Hollywoodfun Downstairs (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans LA)
Jenny Hval (Oslo NORWAY)
Idiotape (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
James Iha (Los Angeles CA)
Intertwine (Trondheim NORWAY)
In The Valley Below (Echo Park CA)
Maya Isacowitz (Tel-Aviv ISRAEL)
Issue (Vallejo CA)
Ivan and the Parazol (Budapest HUNGARY)
Sarah Jaffe (Denton TX)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Jamestown Revival (Austin TX)
Japanther (Brooklyn NY)
Jim-E-O (Austin TX)
Jonny Two Bags (Orange County CA)
JoyCut (Bologna ITALY)
Jungles from Red Bacteria Vacuum (Tokyo JAPAN)
Kabul Dreams (Kabul AFGHANISTAN)
Kadavar (Berlin GERMANY)
Kamp! (Lodz POLAND)
Karma Jonze (Austin TX)
Kayo Dot (Brooklyn NY)
Tori Kelly (Los Angeles CA)
Cory Kendrix (Austin TX)
Ben Kenney (Brooklyn NY)
Kid Mac (Maroubra AUSTRALIA)
Kiha & The Faces (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Elle King (Brooklyn NY)
King Parrot (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
K’La (Gary IN)
Aidan Knight (Victoria BC)
The Knocks (New York NY)
The Kooks (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Kumbia Queers (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Talib Kweli (Brooklyn NY)
Kydd (Austin TX)
L.A. (Mallorca SPAIN)
La Femme (Biarritz FRANCE)
Tory Lanez (Toronto CANADA)
The Launderettes (Oslo NORWAY)
League of Extraordinary Gz (Austin TX)
Little Hurricane (San Diego CA)
Jeff Lofton (Austin TX)
Louis Logic (Queens NY)
Love Inks (Austin TX)
Magic Man (Boston MA)
Mariachi Las Altenas (San Antonio TX)
Mariachi Las Pioneras de Mexico (Mexico City MEXICO)
The Mastersons (Austin TX)
Arthur Matos (Aracaju BRAZIL)
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys (Nashville TN)
Mendetz (Barcelona SPAIN)
Jeremy Messersmith (Minneapolis MN)
Mike Fresh (Atlanta GA)
Milagres (Brooklyn NY)
Mirah (Brooklyn NY)
Miss May I (Troy OH)
Mister and Mississippi (Utrecht THE NETHERLANDS)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio (Oslo NORWAY)
Monokino (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Tanya Morgan (Brooklyn NY)
Morning Parade (Essex UK-ENGLAND)
Natasha Mosley (Atlanta GA)
The Moth & The Flame (Provo UT)
Mothercoat (Fukaya JAPAN)
Mother Falcon (Austin TX)
The Muckers (Tehran IRAN)
Meg Myers (Los Angeles CA)
My Jerusalem (Austin TX)
Mystic Braves (Los Angeles CA)
Nakia (Austin TX)
Nell (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
John Newman (Yorkshire Dales UK-ENGLAND)
Nightbox (Toronto CANADA)
No Brain (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Nubes en mi Casa (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Gary Numan (Los Angeles CA)
Of Mice & Men (Costa Mesa CA)
Oh Mercy (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Pack A.D. (Vancouver CANADA)
Pájaro (Sevilla SPAIN)
Doe Paoro (Brooklyn NY)
Papa (Los Angeles CA)
Paper Lions (Charlottetown UNITED STATES)
Parade of Lights (Los Angeles CA)
The Parlotones (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
Paus (Lisbon PORTUGAL)
Peelander-Z (New York NY)
Perrosky (Santiago CHILE)
Peterson Brothers Band (Bastrop TX)
Phantogram (Saratoga Springs NY)
Pick A Piper (Toronto CANADA)
Pins (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Plastic Flowers (Thessaloniki GREECE)
Steve Poltz (San Diego CA)
Pommez Internacional (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Poolside (Los Angeles CA)
Potty Mouth (Northampton MA)
Prides (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Public Service Broadcasting (London UK-ENGLAND)
Quantic (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Question (San Antonio TX)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
David Ramirez (Austin TX)
Random Recipe (Montreal CANADA)
Residual Kid (Austin TX)
Rey Pila (Mexico City MEXICO)
Rhodes (Hitchin UK-ENGLAND)
Sam Roberts Band (Montreal CANADA)
Rich Robinson Band (Atlanta GA)
Rockie Fresh (Chicago IL)
Rock N’ Roll Radio (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Roge (Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL)
Romi (Sendai JAPAN)
Ron Pope (Brooklyn NY)
Royal Blood (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Sage The Gemini (Fairfield CA)
Saintseneca (Columbus OH)
Samsaya (Oslo NORWAY)
Scars on 45 (Bradford UK-ENGLAND)
Danny Schmidt (Austin TX)
Sentimental City Romance (Tokyo JAPAN)
September Girls (Dublin IRELAND)
Seryn (Denton AK)
Andy Shauf (Regina CANADA)
Billy Joe Shaver (Waco TX)
Side Effect (Yangon MYANMAR)
Keaton Simons (Los Angeles CA)
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Brooklyn NY)
The 69 Cats (Austin TX)
Skaters (New York NY)
Skream (Croydon UK-ENGLAND)
Sleeper Agent (Bowling Green KY)
Slick Shoota (Oslo NORWAY)
SL Jones (Little Rock AR)
Slothrust (Brooklyn NY)
Slow Down, Molasses (Saskatoon CANADA)
Snow Ghosts (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sobrenadar (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Social Studies (San Francisco CA)
Soft Swells (Los Angeles CA)
The Soil & the Sun (Grand Rapids MI)
Solander (Malmö SWEDEN)
The So So Glos (Brooklyn NY)
Soul Khan (Brooklyn NY)
Southern Hospitality DJ’s (London UK-ENGLAND)
Spires (Brooklyn NY)
Spirit Animal (Brooklyn NY)
The Standards (Bangkok THAILAND)
The Starbems (Tokyo JAPAN)
Starmarie (Tokyo JAPAN)
Nano Stern (Santiago CHILE)
Lindsey Stirling (Arizona AZ)
Streets of Laredo (Brooklyn NY)
S U R V I V E (Austin TX)
Suzy Bogguss (Nashville TN)
Svper (Barcelona SPAIN)
Swear and Shake (Brooklyn NY)
Tashaki Miyaki (Los Angeles CA)
Tensnake (Hamburg GERMANY)
Tiê (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Ana Tijoux (Santiago CHILE)
Timber Timbre (Toronto CANADA)
Tinariwen (Azawad MALI)
Torres (Brooklyn NY)
Touch Sensitive (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Tourist (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Trews (Toronto CANADA)
A Tribe Called Red (Ottawa CANADA)
Tribe One (Atlanta GA)
Troker (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Truckfighters (Orebro SWEDEN)
Trust (Toronto CANADA)
Tumbleweed Wanderers (Oakland CA)
Gavin Turek (Los Angeles AK)
Typhoon (Portland OR)
Univers (Barcelona SPAIN)
Unknown (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
The Unlikely Candidates (Fort Worth TX)
Until The Ribbon Breaks (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Utopians (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Vega (La Coruña SPAIN)
The Vegabonds (Nashville TN)
Soledad Vélez (Concepción CHILE)
Kiko Veneno (Madrid SPAIN)
Venomous Maximus (Houston TX)
Maya Vik (Oslo NORWAY)
Patricia Vonne (Austin TX)
Vulture Industries (Bergen NORWAY)
Mayu Wakisaka (Tokyo JAPAN)
Natalie Walker (Denver CO)
Wardell (Los Angeles CA)
Watercolours (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Willie Watson (Nashville TN)
Wentru (Santiago CHILE)
We Were Promised Jetpacks (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
What So Not (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
The Whigs (Athens GA)
White City (Kabul AFGHANISTAN)
The Wilderness of Manitoba (Toronto CANADA)
Wild Party (Boerne TX)
The Wild Wild (Santa Cruz CA)
Saul Williams (New York NY)
Jack Wilson (Austin TX)
Wolf Alice (London UK-ENGLAND)
Carolyn Wonderland (Austin TX)
Wye Oak (Baltimore MD)
Steve Wynn (Jackson Heights NY)
ChihiroYamazaki+ROUTE14band (Tokyo JAPAN)
Sidney York (Calgary CANADA)
Conner Youngblood (Dallas TX)
Young Guns (London UK-ENGLAND)
Yung Nation (Dallas TX)
Zeus (Toronto CANADA)
Zuse (Kingston JAMAICA)

Round One – Announced October 16, 2013
Aer (Wayland MA)
Kyle Andrews (Nashville TN)
Atlanter (Oslo NORWAY)
Atomix (Mixcoac MEXICO)
The Autumn Defense (Chicago IL)
Avi Buffalo (Los Angeles CA)
Belle Adair (Muscle Shoals AL)
Betunizer (Valencia SPAIN)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
Jeff Black (Nashville TN)
Black Taxi (Brooklyn NY)
The Black Watch (Los Angeles CA)
The Blank Tapes (Los Angeles CA)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Boyfrndz (Austin TX)
Bring Me The Horizon (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Bugs of Phonon (Tainan TAIWAN)
Burgess Meredith (Austin TX)
Allysen Callery (Bristol RI)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
Casual Sex (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
[Champagne] (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Chevelles (North Fremantle WA )
Shawn Chrystopher (Los Angeles CA)
Cinco Doce (Austin TX)
Amy Cook (Austin TX)
Crossfaith (Osaka JAPAN)
Current Swell (Victoria CANADA)
David J (Santa Rosa CA)
Deidre and the Dark (Brooklyn NY)
DeLorean (Houston TX)
Dems (London UK-ENGLAND)
Desert (Barcelona SPAIN)
The Devil Makes Three (Santa Cruz CA)
Division Minuscula (Matamoros MEXICO)
Eliza Doolittle (London UK-ENGLAND)
Doughbeezy (Houston TX)
Dråpe (Oslo NORWAY)
Drenge (Castleton UK-ENGLAND)
Dumb Waiter (Richmond VA)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Lincoln Durham (Austin TX)
Dusty Stray (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
East Cameron Folkcore (Austin TX)
East Forest (Portland OR)
Andrea Echeverri (BOGOTA COLOMBIA)
E-Dubble (Baltimore MD)
Robert Ellis (Houston TX)
Sean Falyon (Atlanta GA)
Feathers (Austin TX)
Folly and the Hunter (Montreal CANADA)
Ghost Loft (Los Angeles CA)
Ariana Gillis (Toronto CANADA)
Glass Animals (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
The Great Wilderness (San Jose COSTA RICA)
Gungor (Denver CO)
Hamell On Trial (Ossining NY)
Elias Haslanger (Austin TX)
Hey Ocean! (Vancouver CANADA)
Micah P. Hinson (Denison TX)
Hollow Jan (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hopsin (Panorama City CA)
Hyenaz (Berlin GERMANY)
Il Pan del Diavolo (Palermo ITALY)
Garland Jeffreys (New York NY)
Jonzieeee (Houston TX)
Vance Joy (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
June (San Francisco CA)
Jungle (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kaytranada (Montreal CANADA)
K Camp (Atlanta GA)
Killa Kyleon (Houston TX)
Kins (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Kira Kira (Mosfellsbær ICELAND)
Kristal and Jonny Boy (Rättvik/Stockholm SWEDEN)
La Orquesta Vulgar (Juarez MEXICO)
Kieran Leonard (London UK-ENGLAND)
Like Swimming (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Lil Ray/Wheels Up (Houston TX)
Lions In The Street (Vancouver CANADA)
Little Daylight (Brooklyn NY)
Little Jesus (Mexico City MEXICO)
Grace London (Austin TX)
London Grammar (London UK-ENGLAND)
Lord Buffalo (Austin TX)
Los Lonely Boys (San Angelo TX)
Lost Tapes (Barcelona SPAIN)
Calvin Love (Edmonton CANADA)
Lovely Bad Things (La Mirada CA)
Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Lene Lovich Band (London UK-ENGLAND)
Eleni Mandell (Los Angeles CA)
Marigold (Borlänge SWEDEN)
Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent OH)
Mibbs (of Pac Div) (Beverly Hills CA)
Mighty Oaks (Berlin GERMANY)
Fernando Milagros (Santiago CHILE)
The Ben Miller Band (Joplin MO)
Mirror Travel (Austin TX)
Mise en Scene (Winnipeg CANADA)
Money For Rope (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Mon Laferte (Escandon MEXICO)
Mono Inc. (Schönberg GERMANY)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (Los Angeles CA)
Mozes And The Firstborn (Eindhoven THE NETHERLANDS)
mr. Gnome (Cleveland OH)
Neulore (Nashville TN)
Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children (Nuuk DENMARK)
Nightmare Air (Los Angeles CA)
Kurt Nilsen (Oslo NORWAY)
NO (Los Angeles CA)
OBN III’s (Austin TX)
Only Real (London UK-ENGLAND)
Palmbomen (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Panama Wedding (New York NY)
PapaNegro (Santiago CHILE)
PEDALJETS (Kansas City MO)
Penny & Sparrow (Austin TX)
People of Letters (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
the Pepper Pots (Girona SPAIN)
Juan Perro (Madrid SPAIN)
Phonalex (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Pompeya (Moscow RUSSIA)
Porter (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Propain (Houston TX)
Pure Love (Hemel Hempstead UK-ENGLAND)
Que (Atlanta GA)
Random (Mega Ran) (Phoenix AZ)
The Rocketboys (Austin TX)
Raina Rose (Austin TX)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
Rusty Maples (Las Vegas NV)
Saint Rich (Fredon NJ)
Josef Salvat (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Saor Patrol (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Savoir Adore (Brooklyn NY)
Jack Savoretti (London UK-ENGLAND)
Shakey Graves (Austin TX)
Sigmun (Bandung INDONESIA)
SISU (Los Angeles CA)
Ski Lodge (New York NY)
Soldout (Bruxelles BELGIUM)
The Sour Notes (Austin TX)
Speak (Austin TX)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Starlight Girls (Brooklyn NY)
The Suffers (Houston TX)
Sweet Baboo (Trefriw UK-WALES)
The Swiss (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
SwizZz (Los Angeles CA)
Dudu Tassa (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Kristian Terzic Band (Rovinj CROATIA)
To Be Frank (Suffolk UK-ENGLAND)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Ume (Austin TX)
Urge Overkill (Chicago IL)
Vampillia (Tenjinmachi JAPAN)
Vida Boulevard (Guadalajara MEXICO)
V.I.P (Austin TX)
Vockah Redu (New Orleans LA)
We Butter The Bread With Butter (Berlin GERMANY)
Taj Weekes & Adowa (Castries SAINT LUCIA )
Wes Fif (Orlando FL)
Whiskey Shivers (Austin TX)
Dot Wiggin Band (Brooklyn NY)
Wild Child (Austin TX)
Wild Moccasins (Houston TX)
Wild Ones (Portland OR)
Roosh Williams (Houston TX)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Dizzy Wright (Las Vegas NV)
Yip Deceiver (Athens GA)
Gabby Young and Other Animals (London UK-ENGLAND)

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Phoenix Close Lollapalooza 2013 With Epic Set

Thomas Mars of Phoenix performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago.

Thomas Mars of Phoenix performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago.

Via my beloved Rolling Stone Magazine…

The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg and more play last day

August 5th, 2013

Closing out a festival is no easy task, and Thomas Mars knows it. “Usually on Sunday night people are really tired,” the Phoenix singer told the Lollapalooza crowd last night, kneeling into the front row of a sea of people gathered for the French band’s superb main stage set. “This,” he said to the thousands still hanging on his every word seconds before his band’s ear-candy intro to “1901” kicked in behind him, “is something different.”

By the time Mars and his band took the Bud Light stage around 8:30 p.m., Lollapalooza had oftered up nearly 150 sets over the preceding three days. Phoenix, though, delivered the best performance of the entire weekend. The seeming ease with which the band played their weekend-topping set proved them to be undeniably worthy of the massive stages – and dollars – they now command.

Over a blistering 75 minutes, the Parisian rockers – including guitarists Laurant Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai and bassist Deck d’Arcy – unleashed a jarring, career-spanning set heavy on material off this year’s Bankrupt!, (“The Real Thing,” “Entertainment”) and their breakout album, 2010’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (“Rome,” “Armistice”), while mixing in tunes from the band’s first three full-length releases. Mars reveled in the crowd’s palpable passion for his band: during a three-song encore, the mop-topped singer sprinted through the crowd; minutes later, he summoned the fans’ strength as he crowd-surfed his way back to the front.

In this instance, Phoenix’s best-known singles, particularly “Lisztomania” and “1901,” were overshadowed by the way they weaved songs together. One particular head trip of a combination found the band – aided all evening by two backing musicians – peeling off “Bankrupt!” and “Love Like a Sunset I and II,” (collectively known as “Sunskrupt!”) in rapid succession. Later Phoenix rewound time with a rapid-fire combo of “If I Ever Feel Better” and “Funky Squaredance,” off their debut album, 2000’s United.

On the opposite end of Grant Park, just shy of one mile from Phoenix’s raucous show, the mood was decidedly more subdued as the Cure played the Red Bull Sound Stage, and a peaceful gothic feeling washed over the audience as Robert Smith and Co. group rolled out one classic after another. The Cure charged out of the gate on Sunday, peppering the first 30 minutes of their set with some of their biggest hits, including “Plainsong” and alt-radio standard “Just Like Heaven.” Smith, a notoriously morose figure, was not entirely depressing: his happier self emerged – however briefly – during “Lullaby” and the ecstatic love song “High.”

In recent years, the Cure have stretched out in concert with a long-form songs, but the band opted for more succinct fare at Lollapalooza, including “Friday I’m in Love” and “The Lovecats.” During Sunday’s set, they also offered up some rather unexpected selections, particularly “Hungry Ghost,” “One Hundred Years” and “Trust.”

Vampire Weekend delivered a decidedly livelier performance earlier in the evening as the sun faded behind the Bud Light stage. The New York band had played in Chicago the previous year at the Pitchfork Music Festival, and frontman Ezra Koenig confessed to the main-stage crowd that he was far more excited this go-round. “Finally we get to play some of these songs in Chicago!” he said, referencing choice selections the band unveiled on Sunday off the foursome’s new album, Modern Vampires of the City.

Vampire Weekend were nothing if not perfectionists during their set; the band’s Lolla gig was a masterwork in technical musicianship. Drummer Chris Tomson landed one of the weekend’s most precise fills on Contra’s “Cousins,” while multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rostam Batmanglij summoned sprightly synth magic on “Everlasting Arms.”

In addition to reeling out their early hits (“Oxford Comma,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” “A-Punk”), the four-piece proved their new material translates superbly to the stage: standout “Ya Hey” stretched out for nearly five minutes, transitioning between movements like an orchestrated classical piece. The peppy “Diane Young” was easily the set’s most amped-up selection, with Baio unleashing his trademark foot-sliding shuffle.

One of the most anticipated sets of the day – maybe too anticipated, as it turned out – came courtesy of 2 Chainz at the Grove stage. The Atlanta rapper made sure his popoularity was known several times during his set: the artist formerly known as Tity Boi repeatedly informed the hyped-up crowd he is “the hottest artist in the game.” To his credit, though, he often backed it up with heaters like “Birthday Song,” “Own Drugs” and a high-impact rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap.”

The gruff-voiced MC offered palpable evidence of his growing fame when, two songs into the set, a female fan threw her bra onto the stage. Chainz enjoyed the gift (“Someone’s been very, very naughty”), but quickly grew annoyed when the stage became littered with audience-thrown goodies. “I don”t appreciate people throwing shit at me,” he warned. “It was cute the first time; stop that shit.”

Wavves weren’t festooned with bras tossed their way onstage, but singer Nathan Williams and his lo-fi rock cohorts were perfectly content serving up crunchy rockers, including “Beat Me Up” and “Paranoid,” from their recent new album Afraid of Heights. Williams and his bandmates prepped for the gig by smoking pot out of an apple. “It’s an everyday thing,” bassist Stephen Pope told Rolling Stone of his fruit-friendly paraphernalia preference. Williams, for his money, says he strongly prefers performing after blazing a bowl or two. Said the singer: “It’s just more fun to play music stoned.”

After playing the Osheaga Festival Friday night and an official Lollapalooza aftershow Saturday night at House of Blues, Two Door Cinema Club shook off any lingering weariness when they took the Bud Light stage at 4:30 on Sunday. Perhaps spurred on by the massive throngs of people gathered, the Northern Ireland band delivered a 14-song set of pure indie-pop pleasure that included “Sleep Alone” and up-tempo gems like “Eat That Up,” “I Can Talk” and “Cigarettes in the Theater.”

Things were hardly slowing down for them after their show: Two Door were set to DJ a private afterparty later that night. But as guitarist Sam Halliday told Rolling Stone pre-performance, the band is always amped to be as productive as possible when they come to the U.S. “If you’re here you might as well do as much as you can,” he offered.

Jake Bugg can relate. The 19-year-old U.K. singer-songwriter, whose debut album is one of the year’s best so far, arrived in Chicago early Sunday, got one hour of sleep and then played a stunning 45-minute early-afternoon set. The singer, clad in a leather jacket despite the midday heat, and supported by a bassist and drummer, performed a handful of new songs, including the bluesy “Slumville” and foot-stomping “You and Me,” complementing crisp takes on album standouts “Speed Bump City,” “Lightning Bolt” and the genteel acoustic mediation “Broken.” An especially noteworthy moment came later in the set when Bugg put a fiery spin on the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

“It’s tiring, man,” Bugg said backstage of his manic touring lifestyle as he dragged every so often on a cigarette. “But I’m living my dream. The least I can do, no matter how much sleep I’ve gotten, is play a few songs.”

Glad it’s over 🙂 AA
Additional reporting by Steve Baltin

Governors Ball’s 2013 lineup was insane: Gun N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, and just about everyone else

Guns N' Roses perform at Governors Ball Music Festival on June 8th, 2013 on Randall's Island in New York City.

Guns N’ Roses perform at Governors Ball Music Festival on June 8th, 2013 on Randall’s Island in New York City. Rolling Stone

Pop Heroes Made and Remade

Notoriety was the key to headlining the Governors Ball Music Festival last weekend on Randalls Island. It used to be the making of a pop hero, and sometimes it still is.

Saturday’s main-stage closer was Guns N’ Roses, the band led by a vociferous bad boy of yesteryear, W. Axl Rose. Sunday’s finale — and by far the biggest draw, if tabulations by the festival’s scheduling app were any indication — was Kanye West, the rapper and producer who has so often acted up in the spotlight and then written songs about fame-induced folly and megalomania. He had a new one on Sunday, modestly titled “I Am a God.”

They both have long, tangled back stories that have become incentives for attending their shows; see it live before it’s reported by the tabloids. And their music was set at full blast. They’re two generations of pop hero: Mr. Rose stays shameless while Mr. West is (sometimes) repentant.

At Governors Ball they avoided the self-destructive rants of past occasions. Mr. Rose came back onstage after his band’s big fireworks display to announce, “I love New York.” And when Mr. West got to the spot in his song “Clique” where, he said, he usually starts complaining and justifying himself, he instead touted his artistic independence. “We just made some real music,” he said of his album “Yeezus,” due for release next Tuesday, going on to insist that he didn’t care about selling a million albums or tailoring songs for radio play. “When I listen to radio, that ain’t how I want to be no more,” he declared to roars of approval, though radio stations might be resentful.

If Mr. West was out to steamroll the acts that came before his — 63 others over three days — he came pretty close. His new songs relied on brutally stark synthesizer riffs and drumbeats, closer to industrial dance music than to current hip-hop, and they were delivered on Sunday through a sound system with bone-rattling bass. Most of his older songs were remixed along the same lines: all deep, ominous punch as Mr. West shouted nearly every line.

He spent most of his performance on a small stage in the audience, wearing a loose gray outfit that made him look something like a penitent; for those who could see him, he was heaving back and forth, working up a sweat. But he set aside the beat for two long ballads with only piano chords and his computer-tuned voice: “Heartless,” about a breakup, and “Runaway,” a toast to boorish behavior. Bragging and materialism are at war with self-consciousness and self-criticism in Mr. West’s songs; a hero of ambivalence, he slammed home all the contradictions.

Guns N’ Roses, by contrast, unabashedly celebrated excess. The group, which now consists of Mr. Rose and sidemen rather than the band of comrades from its 1987-91 heyday, is larger, slicker and even more cartoonish than it was in its early years. Mr. Rose and the band’s three guitarists struck rock-star poses, songs indulged themselves in long buildups and guitar interludes, and the stage spewed fireworks and confetti. It was an older school of rock-hero behavior, full of preening and bombast. Yet once Mr. Rose got his voice up to full, abrasive yowl and screech, Guns N’ Roses was the embodiment of nostalgia-enhanced memories, a relic reanimated like a woolly mammoth suddenly charging across the tundra.

Kings of Leon, whose headlining set was rained out on Friday, were squeezed into Saturday’s lineup for their first New York City show since 2010. They didn’t play hero; they worked their instruments and let their songs — brooding Southern rock updated with hints of punk agitation or U2’s arena-scale hooks — speak for themselves.

Most of the rock bands presented themselves with that kind of modesty. Gary Clark Jr., a blues-rocker from Texas, made his songs slash and scream and erupt with distortion, communing with his guitar rather than telegraphing the music’s drama. Divine Fits — the songwriting alliance of Britt Daniel, from Spoon, and Dan Boeckner, from Wolf Parade — did some clowning onstage, but never hid the rigorous neatness of songs that use every detail of an arrangement to tell their stories.

Deerhunter’s guitarists just stood there casually as they showed how two or three chords could swell into clouds of noise evoking specific eras: garage-rock, psychedelia, postpunk. A different variety of postpunk — revved up by breakneck, pointillistic guitar patterns — came through in galvanizing sets by two British bands, Bloc Party and Foals. Haim, a band led by three sisters from California, channeled guitar patterns into a sunnier style, like Fleetwood Mac thinking about the Feelies.

Crowds sang along on folky, toe-tapping ditties from the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, and mouthed the lyrics more quietly for the whispery, skeletal, lovesick pop of the xx, who used lasers and smoke to create an eerie virtual canopy over a big muddy field. Yeasayer, whose songs delight in intellectual constructs and musical convolutions, faced happy, hands-in-the-air fans who picked up the band’s elements of disco and electronica and danced to them.

The mesh of the programmed and the hand-played was one through-line of the festival. Erykah Badu’s tart, sassy voice humanized the two-chord vamps generated by her laptop-wielding band; Alt-J drew subtle but clear connections between folky picking and the blipping patterns of electronic dance music. Animal Collective played a mesmerizing set, mingling live and electronic instruments, in which loops and overlapping vocal lines became euphoric incantations. Thievery Corporation slipped programmed elements into live-sounding reggae and funk. Robert DeLong, a one-man band using loops and samples, constructed pop songs that he then zapped with the assaultive noises of dubstep. Crystal Castles reached back to the punk-tinged synthesizer riffs and out-of-tune vocals of the 1990s rave era, though it also had more current, consonant tracks. The festival also had some unaccompanied DJs — Dillon Francis and Griz — who played inventive, genre-hopping sets; there was a Silent Disco tent, where dance music was broadcast to headphones all day.

While most of the festival’s rockers weren’t acting heroic, its rappers were. Azealia Banks — the best dressed performer by far — had fans shouting encouragement as she presented herself in song after song as a “bad bitch,” bragging about raunchy exploits and picking fights, in a rapid-fire, indefatigable delivery that rivaled the twitchy momentum of her backup tracks.

Nas, whose set split the Saturday night audience with Guns N’ Roses, presented himself not as a bad guy but as a chronicler and preserver of hip-hop. He reached back to his 1994 debut album, “Illmatic,” for details of ghetto life and worked his way forward to grown-up reflections. Freddie Gibbs presented himself as the keeper of a disappearing genre — gangsta rap — but turned traditionalism into swagger, performing bare-chested and rattling off verse after verse a cappella, barely taking a breath. Kendrick Lamar’s album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” doesn’t endorse the gangsta life he observes, but onstage he barked his songs as if they were triumphal rather than wary.

The other headliner was mud: a result of the daylong deluge Friday. Festivalgoers tramping through shoe-swallowing mud, and dancing through it, may have been the real heroes.