• Rolling Stone's Texas Takeover: "Historic" Portraits From SXSW

    March 22, 2010 2:47 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stone stayed busy at SXSW this year, tweeting 100 band reviews @RollingStone (catch up on all the reports — and check out video — here), and seeing the biggest shows by Muse, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots and more. We also helped some of the fest's hottest rockers into exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum — so Patrick Stump, the xx, Surfer Blood, Nneka, Free Energy and more bands got intimately acquainted with the Texas Revolution, the Alamo, Coman...  | More »

  • Big Star's SXSW Show Turns Into Powerful Tribute to Alex Chilton

    March 21, 2010 11:42 AM ET
     |  Michael Hoinski

    Just as everyone at the SXSW Music Festival was finding their groove Wednesday, news of the death of Alex Chilton hit. "Austin's in shock about Alex," read one of the countless social media memes. On Saturday, heartsick Big Star fans got to hear Chilton songs performed by a cast of guest musicians sitting in on the regularly scheduled Big Star showcase, held down by the remaining members of the band's current incarnation, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow and Jody Stephens. But first a le...  | More »

  • SXSW 2010 Day Four Twitter Marathon: 23 Reports, From Scissor Sisters to Free Energy

    March 21, 2010 11:32 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    On the last major day of SXSW, the biggest story was the weather — a cold front moved in and badgeholders moved out. With only a few big shows to hold people's attention (a Big Star tribute, Scissor Sisters, unofficial appearances by Andrew WK and Gwar), the streets that once held an impenetrable mass of people were now light trickles, with everyone moving to warmer places or heading home early. Still, there were no shortage of amazing young and emerging bands to check out, and we...  | More »

  • Muse Pack Arena-Size Anthems Into Surprise SXSW Show

    March 20, 2010 11:40 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Muse are a band that like things on a massive scale, igniting big sounds on the biggest stages, with the kind of big visual effects known only to the likes of Pink Floyd and Daft Punk. That's the Muse comfort zone, but the British trio's special appearance Friday on a much smaller stage at a MySpace Music-presented South By Southwest show traded grand gestures for relative intimacy, without deflating the band's soaring post-punk prog sound. There were still laser-beams and son...  | More »

  • Hole Cover the Rolling Stones, And Courtney Love Isn't Satisfied at SXSW

    March 20, 2010 11:07 AM ET
     |  Michael Hoinski

    "Make a hole!" yelled one of the bouncers at Dirty Dog, where Courtney Love was about to continue her return to music with a reconstituted version of her band Hole on the third night of the SXSW Music Festival. It was creeping up on 1:15 am. The crowd was packed so tightly together stage left of the dive bar that an emergency situation seemed imminent. Just then the bouncer bulldozered an opening through a space out of thin air to accommodate Woody Harrelson, dressed in a light tan suit and m...  | More »

  • SXSW 2010 Day Three Twitter Marathon: 24 Reports, From Liars to Local Natives

    March 20, 2010 10:56 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    The big story on SXSW's third day was the surprise Muse performance at Stubb's, which was announced during the broadcast of the Fox show Human Target earlier in the week (yes, really) — though Rolling Stone's own showcase featuring Band of Skulls, Jimmie Dale and Colin Gilmore, Court Yard Hounds, John Doe, Rye Rye and Nneka was a pretty hot ticket, too. Christopher R. Weingarten of @1000TimesYes continued his Twitter odyssey yesterday, tweeting about 24 bands in 14 hours...  | More »

  • Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Drive-By Truckers Bring Big Guitar Rock to SXSW

    March 19, 2010 11:01 AM ET
     |  Michael Hoinski

    Night two of the SXSW Music Festival featured a trio of big guitar bands with new lineups, playing new — in some cases not even completed — albums. The pressure was on to strike a balance between satiating fans with classics and testing new material without trying their patience. More SXSW day two guitar rock: full report on Stone Temple Pilots' set. The Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers — now without its third singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell — proved the wor...  | More »

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