• Screeching Weasel Members Quit After Singer Attacks Women Onstage

    March 24, 2011 4:00 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Four of the five members of the long-running punk band Screeching Weasel have announced their departure from the group following lead singer Ben "Weasel" Foster's violent antics on stage at the SXSW festival. According to reports and footage (see below) shot at the band's performance at the Scoot Inn on Friday, Foster hit one woman after she sprayed him with some liquid and struck another woman who tried to break up the fight. He spent the rest of the band's set complaining abo...  | More »

  • The Bands You Didn't See, But Maybe Should Have, at SXSW 2011

    March 20, 2011 1:54 PM ET
     |  Chuck Eddy

    One thing nobody seems to warn you about South By Southwest is that you can't really trust the schedules too much. Band lineups you'll study online a week or two before the festival don't always correspond with the lineups in the pocket guide handed out to registrants as SXSW starts, which don't always correspond with the lineups posted on club's doors on the days the shows happen. And at lots of clubs, bands get crossed out and set times shuffled all night. That said...  | More »

  • Bright Eyes Presents Long, Wordy Set and Anti-War Sentiment at SXSW

    March 20, 2011 1:16 PM ET
     |  Chuck Eddy

    The most moving moment of Bright Eyes' hour-and-three-quarters open-air SXSW set at Auditorium Shores Stage (which borders Austin's Lady Bird Lake reservoir) early Saturday evening wasn't a song; it was a statement, following the Nebraska indie-folksters' 17th number, "Poison Oak." "I don't know if you read the newspaper or watch television," Conor Oberst told the crowd. "But today we started our third war. We dropped bombs on houses … We murdered children, as ...  | More »

  • Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Vernon and More Overwhelm in SXSW's Crowning Blowout

    March 20, 2011 12:52 PM ET
     |  Chuck Eddy

    So hey, here's something  that might deflate Kanye West's ego just a little bit: Of the main rap artists billed on his overblown South By Southwest-ending G.O.O.D. Music extravaganza at Austin's ad-hoc VEVO Power Station venue very early in the morning of March 20, Mos Def proved the most rhythmically dexterous, Pusha T of the Clipse had the richest voice, and Jay- Z the hardest stomp, which partly explains why he got the crowd the most pumped up. Which left Kanye merely t...  | More »

  • Tennis, Surfer Blood, The Joy Formidable and More Close Out Rolling Stone's SXSW Showcases

    March 19, 2011 7:21 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    Rolling Stone's SXSW 2011 day parties went out with a bang on March 19th, with five acts entertaining the free-BBQ-munching crowds at Austin's La Zona Rosa. The day began at noon with a reprise of Beast Make Bomb's performance at RS' show on the night of the 16th. The Brooklyn band's punk tunes were just as unabashedly fun in daylight. At 1 p.m., Tennis -- the garage-pop band led by adorable married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley -- shared some of the l...  | More »

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