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.