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  • Meat Puppets, Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Bonham and More Rock Rolling Stone Showcase

    March 17, 2011 9:32 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    Austin’s own Gary Clark Jr. opened Rolling Stone’s second showcase around noon on March 17th with a potent electric-blues set at La Zona Rosa. The charismatic 27-year-old guitarist, whose instrumental skills earned him a spot at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival last year, tore through hot licks and eloquent solos with a three-piece backing band to help fill out his sound. He was a strong vocalist, too, breaking out a yearning Smokey Robinson-style falsetto for a love balla...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW Interview: MONA

    March 17, 2011 5:46 PM ET

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  • Video: SXSW Interview: Tracy Bonham

    March 17, 2011 5:35 PM ET

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  • Foo Fighters Reveal Why They Recorded Their New Album in a Garage

    March 17, 2011 4:15 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    In this interview with Foo Fighters at the SXSW festival, frontman Dave Grohl tells Rolling Stone about how he started out playing in three piece rock bands but enjoys the intensity of the Foos' new three-guitar line-up. Grohl also explains why he wanted to record the band's new album Wasting Light in a garage with his old friend Butch Vig. RS @ SXSW: The Essential Festival Guide  | More »

  • Watch Performances and Interviews With J Mascis, Black Angels and More From Rolling Stone's SXSW Showcase

    March 17, 2011 3:50 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

      If you missed Rolling Stone's SXSW showcase at Austin's La Zona Rosa yesterday you can catch up by watching this set of live performances by J Mascis, Beast Make Bomb and the Black Angels. Those bands and Mini Mansions all sat down for interviews too -- J Mascis told us about the folk rock influence on his new album, the Black Angels talked about what it's like to play SXSW when you're actually from Austin and Beast Make Bomb explained why they'd rather be...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW Interview: Gary Clark Jr.

    March 17, 2011 2:43 PM ET

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  • Peter Buck's the Baseball Project Get Loose and Nostalgic

    March 17, 2011 12:58 PM ET
     |  Chuck Eddy

    As South by Southwest gigs go, the audience seeing the Baseball Project on 5th Street in Austin midnight Wednesday definitely appeared to include a significant quotient of balding older white men up past their bedtimes. Whether this is because they were aging fans of R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate (whose Peter Buck and Steve Wynn are in the band), aging fans of baseball (the sport that provides all of the band’s subject matter), or just plain Nuvola regulars (perhaps ones sticking around af...  | More »

  • J Mascis, Black Angels and More Rock at Rolling Stone Showcase

    March 17, 2011 11:46 AM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

      Queens of the Stone Age melted many a face at Rolling Stone's first SXSW 2011 showcase on March 16th, playing a headlining set that stretched well into the wee hours of the next morning. But first came four opening acts who got the crowd at Austin's La Zona Rosa good and ready for the main event. (Watch video of the performances and interviews with the bands above - along with a chat with the Foo Fighters.) First up: Beast Make Bomb, an eager young coed quartet from B...  | More »

  • Rapper Yelawolf Brings a Touch of Redneck to the 'Fader' Fort

    March 17, 2011 11:39 AM ET
     |  Chuck Eddy

    If Yelawolf is a redneck – and his lyrics suggest that, if he’s not one himself, he’s got sufficient first-hand knowledge of the culture – he’s his own kind. He’s a white guy (reportedly part Cherokee, actually) whose CD artwork prominently features a confederate flag and a mounted deer buck’s head; his raps take in Wal-mart, Skynyrd, meth labs, mud tires, pretty country girls in pickup trucks,  burning trailer parks, hog slaughtering, places whe...  | More »

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