SXSW 2013 Recap: Day Five
Typically, the last night of South by Southwest is the big night — the night when marathon sets by some of music’s hugest names drag on until the wee hours of Sunday morning. This year’s fest did not disappoint, with everyone from Prince (who played something like 74 encores) to the Smashing Pumpkins reaching way back into their catalogs for career-spanning sets. Chances are, you didn’t get to see all of them. So here’s a rundown of our favorite fest moments from SXSW on Saturday.
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James sat down for a five-minute video chat (see below) in which he discusses performing with the Flaming Lips during their Friday performance, his recent debut solo album ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’ and how awesome he thinks life will be when we have teleporters.
His Royal Purpleness played a three-hour set at La Zona Rosa last night, closing out SXSW 2013. In addition to his own classics, Prince covered Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown. He also changed outfits a lot. Watch a clip of ‘Something In the Water (Does Not Compute)’ below.
Billy Corgan celebrated the eve of his 46th birthday by performing a super-intimate show for about 350 fans at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage. The Smashing Pumpkins‘ set spanned their career, including songs from ‘Siamese Dream’ (see ‘Cherub Rock’ below) through the recent ‘Oceania’ album.
Justin Timberlake geared up for the release of his much-anticipated new album by playing a Myspace Secret Show at Coppertank Events Center for 800 lucky fans. He played a few new songs, but he mostly reworked old faves like ‘Senorita,’ which you can see in the clip below.
Vampire Weekend, who played a radio show on Friday, resurfaced yesterday at the outdoor venue Stubb’s for one of SXSW’s most anticipated shows. The band played a bunch of new songs from their upcoming third album, ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ which comes out on May 7. Check out ‘Diane Young’ below.