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Blades of Glory: Throwing Knives With Three Sharp Bands at SXSW

Nothing, Future Islands and the So So Glos face off in our inaugural Musicians Knife Throw Down

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Ian Witlen

This SXSW, Rolling Stone organized the first annual SXSW Musicians Knife Throw Down: a competition between three bands to determine which of them had the best knife-throwing skills.

Before the So So Glos arrive at the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame (on the outskirts of Austin, Texas), members of Future Islands and Nothing gather in the parking lot and discuss whether they needed to move their vans further away from the action.

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So So Weird

Everyone watches the action. The So So Glos are having a particularly odd day: after the knife throwing, they're scheduled to drive down to San Antonio to play the afterparty for the Spurs/Lakers game.

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The So So Glos

The So So Glos with friends. Ryan Levine (tongue out) laments his lack of success: "I'm supposed to be good at shit like this." (He was an athlete growing up: basketball, football, lacrosse.) "I'm going to set this up when I get home," he resolves. "Can we do this onstage at [New York club] Shea Stadium?"

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We Are the Champions

The midmatch scoring sheet. The final score: So So Glos 7, Nothing 16, and the winner: Future Islands 39. The MVP, by a wide margin: Samuel Herring of Future Islands.

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The Prize

The prize bounty: Inaugural SXSW Musicians Knife Throw Down certificates and patches from the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame.

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Future Islands

Your champion Future Islands, with their coach Gillian Sitler, the female world champion knife thrower (and just 13 years old!).

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Nothing

Domenic Palermo (second from left): "I know how to throw a knife now, so I'm going to start carrying them around. Don't mess with Nothing."

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Band of Thrones

All three bands, in a display of knife-oriented unity. Samuel Herring tells the other bands, "We're trying to do a web series, Band of Thrones. We'd have different bands, but they wouldn't play music — they'd just travel the country and fight."

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Nothing

Kyle Kimball serves as the bullseye in some target practice. Overheard from another member of Nothing: "Unfortunately, Kyle is no longer with us."

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