Parking lots may seem like less-than-ideal places for rock concerts, but when 1,500 bands converge on Austin at once for SXSW, every inch of ground counts. Today (March 13) Tegan and Sara opened their set outside of Austin's Waterloo Records with a performance of 'Back In Your Head,' a tune from their 2007 album 'The Con.'
Old-school techno met EDM last night (March 12) on the stage at Austin's famous Stubbs BBQ. Deadmau5 and pioneering DJ Richie Hawtin, best known for his work in the mid-'90s under the alias Plastikman, spun some magic at SXSW 2013. To the surprise of many, Deadmau5 wore a baseball cap instead of his famous giant smiling mouse helmet.
Indie guitar shredder Marnie Stern displayed her take on Eddie Van Halen-style tapping Tuesday night (March 12) during her first show of SXSW 2013, which went down at the Mohawk. Fronting a power trio with her Fender Jazzmaster in tow, she tore through a variety of sounds and styles on songs like 'For Ash,' seen in the video above. Ann Powers of NPR was blown away by Stern's performance, calling her a "super-heroine."
Yesterday (Feb. 26), we learned Morrissey had canceled his spot on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' because the presence of the cast of the A&E reality show 'Duck Dynasty' conflicted with his vegetarian and animal-rights views. In response, Kimmel teamed with his guests to film a bit mocking the situation.
Back in the early days of rock and/or roll, it was common for teen magazines to offer contests in which your typical American teenage girl -- let's call her Becky Sue Girlnextdoor - would win a date with the singing heartthrob du jour. Now, Marnie Stern is putting a modern spin on the idea by offering one lucky guy an opportunity for a night on the town.
After his tragic suicide in 2003, it was believed that the entirety of Elliott Smith's unreleased material consisted of the songs that wound up on 2004's posthumous 'From a Basement on the Hill' collection. However, video of an unaired television pilot featuring the troubled singer-songwriter appeared yesterday on YouTube.