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

March 21st, 2010
Photo: Mullen/WireImage 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 ...

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 ...

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

March 19th, 2010
Photograph by Tony LandaNight 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, ...

Spoon, Broken Bells Grab the Spotlight as SXSW 2010 Launches

March 18th, 2010
Photograph by Krista De La RosaBroken Bells made a lot of noise the first day of the SXSW Music Festival with their “pop-up” show at a parking garage on Red River Street in downtown Austin. It took place at 1:00 pm and was packed to capacity. That trend continued at their Wednesday night NPR showcase at Stubb’s. Catch up on 27 more reports — and see video — from SXSW’s Day One in our Twitter marathon ...