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  • SXSW Day Three Wrap-Up: N.E.R.D., The Black Keys, Dizzee Rascal, Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    March 15, 2008 3:09 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    It was a surprisingly scorching afternoon in Austin on Friday, but the weather didn't explain the high number of scantily clad women packed into Stubb's well after the sun went down to check out N.E.R.D.'s show. Pharrell Williams and Co. took over the outdoor venue with a set that featured a handful of songs from their forthcoming Seeing Sounds and all of the band's past singles (save "Provider"). The two drum kits — tandem drum solos! — added a large dose of p...  | More »

  • Duffy Wows SXSW at First U.S. Show

    March 15, 2008 1:39 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Welsh singer Duffy seemed taken aback by the 92-degree Austin weather: "I've never experienced anything like this in my life!" she said onstage. But that didn't stop her from delivering a remarkable set at the Parish Friday afternoon with her six-piece band. The very cute twenty-three-year-old has had a Number One hit in the U.K. for the past month with "Mercy," a dance-y go-go-style track that begs the Amy Winehouse comparisons. The songs that sealed the deal at her first U.S. gig,...  | More »

  • My Morning Jacket Heat Up SXSW With New Song

    March 14, 2008 3:20 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    One of the most reality-altering sets during yesterday's South By Southwest festivities came care of My Morning Jacket, who are fast becoming one of the premiere live bands on the planet. Click above for a stunning rendition of their new song "Highly Suspicious," from their forthcoming new album Evil Urges. For David Fricke's complete take on this show, click here, and stay tuned for more live performances from My Morning Jacket and the rest of the great bands in Austin.  | More »

  • SXSW Day Two Wrap-Up: Lou Reed, Vampire Weekend, Black Mountain and More

    March 14, 2008 2:09 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Before most bands rolled out of bed Thursday morning, Lou Reed delivered his SXSW keynote speech. Though Reed doesn't always strive to be a crowd-pleaser, he was in a surprisingly sharing mood, earning laughs with lines like "I have a B.A. in dope, but a Ph. D in soul," and by explaining how The Bourne Ultimatum is one of his favorite movies. In addition to discussing Berlin ("It's about jealousy, and in that sense, it's romantic") and Julian Schnabel's live document of th...  | More »

  • My Morning Jacket Debut New Songs, Bring the Thunder to SXSW

    March 14, 2008 12:50 PM ET
     |  David Fricke

    During SXSW, Austin, Texas is the center of the indie-rock universe, overrun with singers and bands deserving of wider attention and a fair payday but, with the major labels in free fall, more defensive than ever about creative purity and corporate sabotage. The headlining set by indie-scene graduates My Morning Jacket at the Austin Music Hall, on the second night of SXSW '08, proved that they became arena-worthy and pop-smart without selling out or diluting their Southern-gothic boom. ...  | More »

  • Morello, Tankian and Harper Deliver Weighty SXSW Sets for "Body of War"

    March 14, 2008 12:15 PM ET
     |  Chris Steffen

    Serj Tankian asked the audience to "imagine an upside down world," while Tom Morello traded in his Rage for melody at Stubb's Thursday evening for an event celebrating the release of the documentary Body of War and its two-disc soundtrack. The film's subject, Tomas Young -- his spine severed by a bullet during his first week in Iraq -- sat sidestage in his wheelchair, chain smoking cigarettes during a rapid-fire set that also featured heartfelt songs from Ben Harper, a brilliant Bil...  | More »

  • SXSW: R.E.M Step on the Gas, Van Morrison Keeps It Simple

    March 13, 2008 11:55 AM ET
     |  David Fricke

    In an interview earlier this year, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck promised me that the band would try to play every song from their new studio album in concert. They did better than try, in their headlining set at Stubb's BBQ on the opening night of SXSW. R.E.M. played all but one of the eleven tracks on Accelerate, and they plunged into each song, especially the fast ones, with a joyful fury. In the very first number, "Living Well Is the Best Revenge," singer Michael Stipe turned his breat...  | More »

  • SXSW Day One Wrap-Up: The Kills, Peter Moren and Kaki King

    March 13, 2008 11:05 AM ET
     |  Jenny Eliscu

    The opening day of the annual South by Southwest festival is in the books, and while fans, journalists and industry folks were still busy arriving and staking out the best spots for margaritas, there were still plenty of parties and showcases to whet the musical appetite Wednesday. Here are a few highlights from the opening round of the year's biggest rock fest: • Kill the Daylight: The line for the Levi's/Fader house snaked around the block in the moments before the Kills too...  | More »

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