Garth Brooks told the crowd at the South By Southwest Outdoor Stage on Ladybird Lake Saturday night (March 18) that he “came her for one reason -- to have fun and raise some hell.” Check and check.
On Hanson’s first hit single, “MMMBop” — which went to No. 1 in 27 countries, was nominated for two Grammys, and helped the brotherly trio’s major-label debut Middle of Nowhere sell 4 million copies in the U.S. alone — the teen-idol siblings harmonized the surprisingly existential line, “In an mmmbop they’re gone/In an mmmbop they’re not there.” But 20 years after that single’s breakthrough, the Hanson brothers, now music business veterans in their thirties, are still very much here, celebrating an incredible quarter-century as a band. Sitting in a loft overlooking Austin’s bustling Sixth Street, Zac Hanson, 32, recalls that famous, life-changing SXSW moment — sort of pop music’s equivalent of the old Hollywood “Lana Turner was discovered at Schwab’s drugstore” urban legend, and definitely the sort of fairy tale that hardly ever happens at SXSW anymore.
On Saturday, the final day of South by Southwest, the news of rock ‘n’ roll innovator Chuck Berry’s death at age 90 rocked Austin, Texas. Soon the man’s music was pouring out of PA systems across town, from the Sidewinder club in the Red River District to the vintage-vinyl blues store Antone’s Records. And with a good number of the festival’s 1,700-plus gigging artists owing a massive debt to the legend, it was inevitable and fitting that Berry tributes would pop up all over the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
On Friday, South by Southwest’s marathon weekend of bands and barbecue continued in Austin, Texas, while celebrating music from around the globe. These were the international highlights. ‘Contrabanned’ artists from seven targeted Muslim nations sang their immigrant songs
The South by Southwest festival, in Austin, Texas, continued apace Thursday, and music-industry revelers were MMMbopping all day long. At the Recording Academy’s Grammy Block Party on the backyard lawn of the Four Seasons hotel, Tulsa’s finest, Hanson, honored a fellow Oklahoman, songwriting legend Leon Russell, with a special eight-song set of Russell classics.
Solange performs at the YouTube @ SXSW showcase during the 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 15, 2017, in Austin, Texas. AUSTIN, Texas — Our second full day of music at South by Southwest offered a little something for everyone, from a sublime #WomanCrushWednesday set by Solange to nostalgic alt-rock from the reunited At the Drive-In and indie supergroup BNQT, from an inspiring talk by elder statesman Nile Rodgers to thrillingly buzzy performances by ones-to-watch PWR BTTM and the Lemon Twigs.
Tuesday was supposed to be SXSW’s “slow day,” but we ended up indulging in a Texas-size portion of music anyway — plus emo puppets and a talk with Kesha.
During an emotional anti-cyberbullying conversation with Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich Tuesday afternoon at Austin’s South by Southwest conference, embattled pop star Kesha broke down while discussing the eating disorder and body dysmorphia issues that landed her in rehab in 2014 and seriously jeopardized her life. Ironically, even though Kesha was suffering physically as well as emotionally at the time, she says she received nothing but praise from music industry insiders regarding her dramatic weight loss. Speaking to her many adoring fans, or “Animals,” in a 1,500-capacity Austin Convention Center ballroom, Kesha said, “I just want people to know that they’re not alone.
Perhaps not since the ‘80s double-bill of “Puppet Show with Spinal Tap” — or at least since Dr. Teeth & The Mayhem played San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival last year — has there been as monumentally felt-tastic a live music event as the South by Southwest debut by the brilliantly named puppet emo band Fragile Rock.
Mick Fleetwood, who is introducing his upcoming book 'Love That Burns: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac Volume One: 1967-1974' at SXSW, talks to Billboard about why it is such an important story to tell.
In honor of this being the year 2017, the South by Southwest music festival is offering just over 1,700 acts on its lineup. Actually, the numbers are surely a coincidence, but the sheer math of it all is deeply overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide to some of the more promising top draws, from Wu-Tang Clan to Weezer.
Veteran music publicist and lifelong music fanatic Cary Baker has attended every South by Southwest conference since 1988 — and now, as the festival incredibly celebrates its 30th anniversary, he’s making one last trip to Austin, Texas, before saying goodbye to SXSW. Here, he shares his memories of SXSW, from the festival’s humble origins when $10 got him access to 300 performers, to its later years when the event started attracting thousands of acts (including A-listers like Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake), hundreds of corporate sponsors, and countless spring breakers. When I got to Austin, I called Barbara K of Timbuk3 (I was working at that band’s label, I.R.S. Records, at the time) and asked her, “I’m here.
Bud Light is bringing back The Roots & Friends Jam Session to Austin, Texas at this year's South By Southwest Festival. The legendary crew will rock the stage alongside Jidenna, Method Man, Redman and other surprise guests on March 18.
Weezer, De La Soul, Action Bronson and Margo Price will be along the 14 acts playing three stages at Stubb's BBQ on March 18 during Rachel Ray's 10th annual Feedback day party during SXSW.
SPIN, VIBE, and Stereogum will team up with Mazda at SXSW to bring one of the hottest music experiences to Austin, featuring 85 performances.
YouTube is heading to this year's South by Southwest with a larger presence than ever before. The video streaming platform will host a star-studded lineup of the industry's biggest hitmakers and innovators at Coppertank.
Tamizdat is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping musicians facing artist visa issues. The group has partnered with globalFest and BBC-affiliated radio program “PRI’s The World” for a SXSW showcase featuring artists from the seven countries targeted by Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Thus far, ContraBanned: #MusicUnites includes Iranian vocalist Mamak Khadem, Iranian producer Ash Koosha, and Somali duo Faarrow. It is set to take place at the Palm Door on Sixth in Austin on March 17. ...
“I seem to remember my mom telling me that I came to her crying when I was probably about 5 or 6, saying that I was ‘sad that I would never be able to see out of anyone else’s eyes.’ That was my first kind of existential crisis,” laughs Oscar Scheller, aka singularly named rising British bedroom songsmith Oscar – who seems fairly well-adjusted now, as he sits with Yahoo Music at South by Southwest after performing in our Austin living room. Oscar’s mother, whom Oscar describes as a “punk,” and his “hippie” father, who used to produce techno music, also once served in the footnote new wave band the Regents. My mom would have singing lessons even when I was in the womb… Music was the most immediate and the most honest expression for me, and felt the most natural,” Oscar recalls.
When L.A. powerpop combo Rooney debuted 13 years ago, they were supposed to take over the world. And they should have. They were the first band to ever play The O.C.’s Bait Shop, even! But despite Seth Cohen’s support, Rooney found themselves caught in limbo between alt-rock radio and Top 40, and under constant pressure from major label Geffen Records to have a smash single. They never quite “made it,” and were instead relegated to cult-band status.
As Swedish-born, London-bred, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Petter Ericson Stakee – leader of alt-folk outfit Alberta Cross – sits on Yahoo Music’s Austin porch at South by Southwest, he seems right in his element.
Casual listeners could be forgiven for mistaking DMA’S for a British band. “We’ve always been big folk fans,” the trio’s Matt Mason says, sitting on an Austin porch after performing a stripped-down South by Southwest session for Yahoo Music. Despite the elder Gallagher brother dis, DMA’S (whose lineup is rounded out by frontman Tommy O’Dell) have been embraced in the U.K. But now it’s time for them to start all over and launch an Australian invasion in the USA.
“Somebody once told me if music doesn’t work out for me, inspirational speaking might be a good thing for me,” jokes James Alex of Philly’s punky, spunky, gleefully ramshackle indie outfit Beach Slang, as he sits on an Austin porch after performing at Yahoo Music’s South by Southwest headquarters. Alex probably could enjoy a lucrative side career as a motivational speaker – but it seems like full-time rock ‘n’ roll is working out for him just fine.