If any of the hundreds of people at Thursday night's Warner Sound showcase traveled to Austin specifically to see Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, they wasted a trip. The Flaming Lips' SXSW headlining set was all about the music -- bad news for lovers of puppets and confetti, great news for fans of the band's 30-year run of lush, experimental rock.
Myspace took over day three of SXSW Music with one of the festival's most liveliest shows of the week thus far. They kicked off their three-day Myspace Secret Shows series, presented by Chevy, with a hip-hop heavy showcase featuring Hit-Boy, Kid Cudi and Diplo.
Billboard caught up with Paramore backstage at their Warner Sound gig at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Top of the menu is the band’s awaited new album, “Paramore,” the lead single “Now,” and the explosive video that accompanies it.
Harry Connick Jr. deciphers the work of his piano mentor James Booker in Lily Keber's film "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker," that receives its world premiere today at SXSW. He explains in the film that Booker's left hand begins with Chopin, leaving the right hand to work with octaves, rolled notes and ragtime.
"The musician comes first" was Dave Grohl's mantra during his keynote speech Thursday at South By Southwest, an engaging and carefully prepared 45 minutes that encouraged up and coming artists to protect their independence and creative visions first and foremost.
"Are you gonna catch me if I fall?" That was Karen O's question to the dense SXSW crowd that came out to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Stubb's Wednesday night, where the band previewed songs from its forthcoming album "Mosquito."
Just before the Mar. 26 release of Depeche Mode's 13th studio album, "Delta Machine," South By Southwest hosted a live Q&A with the band that gave insight into their past, present and future. But it was an audience member who really zeroed in on the band's decades of success.
The last time Kendrick Lamar played Austin's 1100 Warehouse at South By Southwest in 2012, he was an opener. But Wednesday night he was the main attraction at Spotify Live, with a packed house chanting along to every word of fan favorites as well as his biggest hits.
As he brings the campaign for his "Sound City: Real to Reel" documentary to a close, Dave Grohl is getting back into Foo Fighters mode -- although in its earliest stages right now. "Well, we're just writing right now,"