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  • Semi Precious Weapons: On the Road and Out of Control at SXSW

    March 31, 2009 3:12 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    When Rolling Stone hit Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival a week ago, we handed Semi Precious Weapons' outrageous frontman Justin Tranter a Flipcam and a simple set of directions: film yourself doing what you do before, during and after gigs and hand over the footage. We wound up with two days' worth of video — 250 different clips featuring the outrageous singer bathing, high-kicking, hanging with Perez Hilton, Juliette Lewis, Sylvain Sylvain and Rachael Ray...  | More »

  • Perry Farrell Gets Shocked: Jane's Addiction Frontman on SXSW Gig, Reznor Sessions, Lollapalooza

    March 23, 2009 7:38 PM ET
     |  Caryn Ganz

    It's been 21 years since Jane's Addiction released Nothing's Shocking, and frontman Perry Farrell has finally found a cultural phenomenon that refutes the memorable refrain from "Ted, Just Admit It ..." "The Octo-Mom is shocking, so there you go," he says. "It finally happened. I'm shocked." Hanging out with Rolling Stone the day after Jane's Addiction's triumphant South By Southwest gig at a former supermarket, Farrell says the group kicked the show off w...  | More »

  • Photos: SXSW 2009 Photos

    March 23, 2009 1:10 PM ET

    Jane's Addiction, Kanye West, Metallica, Tori Amos, Devo, Glasvegas, Avett Brothers and much more  | More »

  • Video: Perez Hilton at SXSW 2008

    March 23, 2009 7:38 AM ET

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  • Video: Perez Hilton at SXSW 2008 part 2

    March 23, 2009 7:38 AM ET

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  • Juliette and the New Romantiques, King Khan and the Shrines Bring Heat to Rolling Stone's SXSW Party

    March 22, 2009 10:45 AM ET
     |  Caryn Ganz

    Rolling Stone's Saturday afternoon showcase at Peckerheads went from a sweaty affair to a sweltering one as singer-actress Juliette Lewis hit the stage with her new band, the New Romantiques, to run through material from her upcoming disc, Terra Incognita. As Lewis told RS backstage, she wanted to step out from behind the power riffs of her previous band, the Licks, and embrace a sound where guitars were more of an atmospheric backdrop for songs teaming with raw emotion. (The Mars ...  | More »

  • Jonathan Demme Debuts "Neil Young Trunk Show" at SXSW

    March 22, 2009 10:30 AM ET
     |  Christopher R. Weingarten

    Director Jonathan Demme was on hand at SXSW for the world premiere of his concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show. The film is an intimate look at Neil Young's stage show, recorded in a small theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on mostly hand-held cameras. "We did a home movie in a way," said Demme to a Saturday afternoon crowd in Austin's Paramount Theatre. "We did it all ourselves." The Oscar-award winning director (Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia) said the film was a "reaction"...  | More »

  • Kanye West Shows Off Proteges at SXSW Set Featuring Common, Erykah Badu

    March 22, 2009 10:03 AM ET
     |  Christopher R. Weingarten

    Before he popped into Perez Hilton's "One Night in Austin" extravaganza for a quickie five-song set, Kanye West made a not-so-secret SXSW appearance at the Levi's/Fader Fort on Saturday night, turning a label showcase for his G.O.O.D. Records imprint into a cohesive, star-studded, two-hour event. Special guests like Common, Erykah Badu, Fonzworth Bentley and 88 Keys all showed up to support. Although West did break out tons of hits ("Heartless," "Diamonds Are Forever," "Good Life"),...  | More »

  • Silversun Pickups, Airborne Toxic Event, St. Vincent Score New Fans at SXSW

    March 21, 2009 2:00 PM ET
     |  Caryn Ganz

    Opening Metallica's not-so-secret SXSW surprise show Friday night, Los Angeles buzz band Silversun Pickups had the gig of a lifetime. And they knew it: drummer Chris Guanlao couldn't resist taking a snap of the crowd with his digital camera. Winning over approximately 2,000 very antsy Metallica fans is no easy task — especially for a band whose sound is rooted in mid-'90s alternative rock. "It's coming, I promise," said frontman Brian Aubert to the salivating M...  | More »

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