Archive for March 20th, 2010

Muse Pack Arena-Size Anthems Into Surprise SXSW Show

March 20th, 2010
Photo: Webber/Getty 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 ...

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

March 20th, 2010
Photo: Miller/FilmMagic “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 ...

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

March 20th, 2010
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 ...