Fall Out Boy rocked a secret show at Austin's Vice Bar, the band's first-ever SXSW gig, like it was 2008. That was the year of the group's last proper album, "Folie A Deux," before taking an extended hiatus that saw a greatest hits and several solo projects before reuniting for upcoming fifth album "Save Rock And Roll."
The audience for Depeche Mode's first-ever SXSW showcase, and last show in the U.S. until August, was the kind of crowd that goes bonkers at the first appearance of a guitar tech on the still-dark stage.
Check out the second installment of SXSW-diary tweets from the artists on Twitter Music and Billboard's special Twitter list of up-and-coming artists performing at SXSW this year who are tweeting an inside, band's-eye-view at what it’s really like.
Contrary to popular myth, Green Day's performance in Austin Friday night was, in fact, the multi-platinum punk group's SXSW debut, but the conference's memory of what frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called "a South By Southwest punk rock extravaganza" will certainly be a good one.
The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, which has grown from a Melbourne street party to a seven-city tour focused on independent rock acts, is coming to the U.S. this year. During a Laneway day party at South By Southwest on Friday, organizers announced they’d stage an American version of their event Sept. 14 at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in suburban Detroit.
"Broadway Idiot," Doug Hamilton's behind-the-scenes film about the creation of the "American Idiot" musical, has its world premiere today, a double-feature with "Cuatro!," which chronicles Green Day's recording of three albums.
Stevie Nicks was on hand at South By Southwest to screen “In Your Dreams,” the Dave Stewart-directed documentary about the making of her latest album of the same name, and to play a killer set with Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players. But you can never limit the always-engaged Nicks to just one or two things, so when she sat for one of SXSW’s celebrity interviews on Thursday at the Austin Convention Center, she had plenty to say.
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.