• Lady Gaga Defends Vomit Performance as Art

    March 14, 2014 4:00 PM ET
     |  Kory Grow

    The dichotomy between art and commerce was the major theme of Lady Gaga's South by Southwest keynote address Friday. Whether she was addressing questions about "selling out" by allowing a snack company to sponsor her performance-art concert Thursday night – and deflecting those questions with a call for artists to "sell in," while beating her hand against her heart – or decrying the amount of expectations placed on her versus other artists when it came to her most recent albu...  | More »

  • Vans Raises $20,000 to Benefit SXSW Hit-and-Run Victims

    March 14, 2014 3:39 PM ET
     |  Ryan Reed

    On Thursday morning, a tragic hit-and-run sent shockwaves throughout South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, leaving two dead and 23 injured. Now Vans is helping to support the victims and their families through the SXSW Cares Fund, which has raised $20,000 in donations from Thursday's profits at the Vans Village retail store. After Hit-and-Run, SXSW Organizer Says Fest Will Continue as Planned Donations can also be made through the Vans website, where the company is selling&nbs...  | More »

  • 5 Things We Learned at SXSW Interactive 2014

    March 14, 2014 3:05 PM ET
     |  Mark Yarm

    South by Southwest Interactive, once the nerdy kid brother of the SXSW music festival, has grown up to be Charles Atlas-strong. Since 2007 — the year Twitter broke — attendance at the Austin interactive fest has grown nearly fivefold to more than 30,000. Old-timers will grouse that SXSWi has morphed from a place for tech startups to share knowledge and innovations to an overly commercial clusterfuck. But the 2014 edition, which wrapped up earlier this week, was still capable of el...  | More »

  • Soundgarden Revisit Classic Album at SXSW

    March 14, 2014 11:30 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Things got super-heavy on night three of the inaugural iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin last night, as Soundgarden dove back into the thundering grooves of 1994's Superunknown, performing the career-defining album in full for the first time. It was a lesson in grunge at its prime, delivered with swagger and Chris Cornell's perfectly unhinged wail, still as piercing and musical as ever. See amazing live photos from SXSW 2014 The riffs unfolded at the ACL Live at Moody Theatre, whe...  | More »

  • Gaga Stages Art-Puke Spectacle at SXSW

    March 14, 2014 9:40 AM ET
     |  Gavin Edwards

    Ever since she was a young provocateur hatched from an egg, Lady Gaga has known how to make an entrance. Last night, for her showcase at SXSW, she was carried onto the stage trussed to a horizontal pole in black underwear, looking like she was a pig roasting on a spit. She then proceeded to sing Artpop opener "Aura," gyrating and spinning all the while. See our best live photos from SXSW 2014 The setting was Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas, a courtyard holding about 2,000 people, most of ...  | More »

  • Police: SXSW Hit-and-Run Was 'Intentional'

    March 13, 2014 5:55 PM ET
     |  Jason Newman

    Austin police have identified the man they say killed two people and injured 23 others during Thursday morning's hit-and-run at South by Southwest. After Hit-and-Run, SXSW Organizer Says Fest Will Continue as Planned Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen, Texas, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Formal charges are still pending, Austin Police Department said in a statement. Austin Ch...  | More »

  • Jay Z and Kanye West Go H.A.M. at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 4:08 PM ET
     |  Chad Swiatecki

    One of the most high-profile events at this year's SXSW from the moment it was announced, the pairing of Jay Z and Kanye West on a stage together was a must-have ticket for reasons beyond just the big names involved. With a listed capacity of only 3,000 people, the concert's location at the Austin Music Hall gave fans a chance to see the superstar rappers in confines several orders of magnitude smaller than normal. See our best live shots from SXSW 2014 The stage for the Samsung-s...  | More »

  • Photos: SXSW 2014: Rolling Stone's Best Live Photos

    March 13, 2014 2:25 PM ET

    Up close and in the pit everywhere from BBQs to booze cruises at Austin's big event  | More »

  • Driver Kills 2, Injures 23 at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 3:03 AM ET
     |  Jason Newman

    UPDATE: A SXSW organizer issued a statement Thursday expressing shock at the incident, while stating that "to avoid confusion, we plan to carry on with our scheduled daytime events at the Austin Convention Center in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time." Two people were killed and 23 others injured at South by Southwest Thursday morning after a car drove through a temporary barricade set up for the festival, Austin police confirmed ...  | More »

  • Coldplay Debut 4 New Tracks at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 9:45 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Last night in Austin, Texas, a reinvigorated Coldplay invaded an already crowded South by Southwest calendar with new music as headliners of the city's inaugural iTunes Festival. The quick 11-song set unfolded at the 2,750-capacity ACL Live at Moody Theatre, small and intimate by Coldplay standards, but was also streamed live to fans around the world. RS readers pick the 10 best Coldplay songs of all time It was the first of a week of shows during SXSW hosted by iTunes, and the ge...  | More »

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