Posted in music | pictures on March 22, 2011

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

"Fans started climbing fences after the grounds reached capacity (about 25,000 people), and SXSW badgeholders with VIP connections fought the same porto-john lines as all the riled-up Austin teens in attendance." -Star Tribune

Strokes fans @ SXSW
The Strokes
The Strokes

When people talk about last year's SXSW, they think back to Bill Murray taking an impromptu turn as a bartender at a hipster bar on Austin's east side. And when they look back on this year's SXSW, they'll remember getting maced at the surprise Death From Above 1979 reunion show.

The talk in Austin is all about whether or not SXSW Music has gotten too big for its skinny jeans. The mayhem at the free Strokes show Thursday night was merely a precursor to several meltdowns and accidents in the days that followed. At a late show Friday, synth-pop act OMD had just come on stage when one of their camera rigs collapsed and injured four in the audience (SXSW said it hadn't known about the filming ahead of time).

There were some truly ugly moments, too, and I'm glad I didn't witness any of them in person. Ben Weasal, a singer from the punk band Screeching Weasal, punched a female audience member in the face (she had spit some kind of liquid at him) and fought against a female staff member before being ejected by security at their showcase at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. (The Los Angeles Times has a thorough report on the incident, and a video can be seen [below]). Weasal apologized today, and the band canceled their next show in San Antonio. [The Atlantic]

More pictures and videos (official Levi's ones included) from the charotic, big, free Strokes show (fireworks included), the Screeching Weasel punch video, and some news videos and stuff, below...

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SXSW The Strokes Riot

Ben Weasel gets in a fight

"Prior to Screeching Weasel's performance at Scoot Inn for the Fat Wreck Chords showcase, mercurial frontman Ben Weasel sent a typically grumpy tweet, "Gearing up to play the most depressing show of my life in the most joyless, soulless, shameful excuse of a music event in modern history." When someone asked what was wrong, he responded, "I'm going to play for free for douchey rock critics & music industry hacks. I'm ashamed of myself." Considering his mood, it's not surprising that Weasel got into it with some audience members during his set--that happens when he's in a good mood--but the show ended in a melee with Weasel punching a female audience member who'd allegedly thrown ice at him, then getting in a scuffle with on stage with one of the female owners of the club. Yes, it's on YouTube:" [AV Club]

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Comments (115)

I think those folks were rioting to get out of the show....

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:13 PM

Be Weasel is an asshole. Who hits girls?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:14 PM

Idem Anonymous....
"I think those folks were rioting to get out of the show...."

Posted by posicionamiento web | March 22, 2011 2:18 PM

girls are kids. women are adults. was it really a girl that he hit?

Posted by chris | March 22, 2011 2:18 PM

Not trying to be a hater, but whats so special about them?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:20 PM

Oh fuck off! I would have probably said kid if it was a dude.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:20 PM

Dear god, VIPS using the same port-o-johns as the hoi polloi? Get your act TOGETHER SXSW, or no one will take you seriously.

Posted by Scott | March 22, 2011 2:21 PM

UGH Ben Weasel is a fucking asshole. I dot care what she did, he fucking socked her in the face and then practically did the same thing to the next woman. Dude's career (or whatever is left of it) is finished.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:23 PM

weasel lives up to his name. total douche. sounds like sxsw was a real fun time...no.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:23 PM

Ben Mehsel = ASSHOLE

Posted by Blag THE DESTROYER | March 22, 2011 2:24 PM

The real question is what did the girl do to get punched? I'm sure it was deserved!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:26 PM

strokes set list?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:26 PM

does MRR still exist? does Weasel write anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:26 PM

Oh, who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:29 PM

She spit liquid at him. If you act unladylike, why would you expect to be treated like a lady? And it was beyond unladylike, more like uncivilized. Making her an animal. So he went upside her head.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:33 PM

I think he made a comment that provoked the spitting. Ummm...have her ejected, don't bash her face in. Not good. Goodbye Ben Weasel. Loser.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:35 PM

the problem isn't sxsw itself, it's the freeloading locals that swarm en masse AND it's spring break so it's an all ages nightmare with the Strokes event.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:36 PM

that apology was everything punk rock is supposed to be against. ben, retire immediately.

Posted by junco | March 22, 2011 2:36 PM

I care. The Strokes rock.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:37 PM

exterminate this crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:38 PM

There were some truly ugly moments, too, and I'm glad I didn't witness any of them in person. Ben Weasal, a singer from the punk band Screeching Weasal, punched a female audience member in the face (she had spit some kind of liquid at him) and fought against a female staff member before being ejected by security at their showcase at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. (The Los Angeles Times has a thorough report on the incident, and a video can be seen [below]). Weasal apologized today, and the band canceled their next show in San Antonio.

hjahaha...wtf is a Weasal?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:39 PM

What's wrong with hitting a girl who acts like an asshole? If he hit a dude nobody would have cared. But a girl? Whatever happened to women's lib? Or is the uproar a confession of a woman's innate inequality to men?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:42 PM

I agree with 2:33, the second 2:36, and 2:42.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:45 PM

^idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:45 PM

Free Ben Weasel

Posted by CHRIS BROWN | March 22, 2011 2:47 PM

"idiot"

Woman.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:48 PM

let me clarify, his apology was almost as pathetic as hitting women in the first place.

Posted by junco | March 22, 2011 2:49 PM

Equal rights, equal fights

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:51 PM

Woops, though you meant apologizing in general (which is against punk). I take back my agreement, sorry bout that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:54 PM

^ Dude, go to a Leon Redbone concert or something, don't bring that shit in here...

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:55 PM

Ok. So we're gonna change the rule now? Hitting girls/women/old ladies is ok? I'm thinking I'm gonna hit this old lady that took too long the other day when I was getting my PBR at the supermarket. She was counting all her little change sloooowly. So annoying. Then I see her outside in her big ass Buick and she almost runs me over while I was on my skateboard. I'm gonna sock her the next time I see her.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 2:57 PM

THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:00 PM

if chris brown can do it?

Posted by well | March 22, 2011 3:01 PM

"...I was getting my PBR at the supermarket"

No, we're just gonna change the rule to hitting being ok.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:02 PM

THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM THE STROKES NYC SHOW MARCH 31 10PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:04 PM

who's even heard of this band "Screeching Weasal" led by an obvious asshole (has)ben weasel?

man, this site started going downhill when BV started turning it into a hardcore site.

i'm almost nostalgic for news about all those hippy-dippy scandanavian and canadian bands.

NO MORE hardcore news - please!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:04 PM

"...I was getting my PBR at the supermarket"

No, we're just gonna change the rule to hitting you being ok.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:06 PM

I agree that 2:33, the second 2:36, 2:42 and 2:45 are ASSHOLES who should be punched in the face(s).

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:07 PM

wow...what the hell did she expect? he did the right fucking thing. if that was a dude he hit, no one would give a shit, but because it's two chicks, it's the end of the world. ahhh equality indeed...

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:09 PM

S&
X&
S&
W&
OVER

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:09 PM

"I agree that 2:33, the second 2:36, 2:42 and 2:45 are ASSHOLES who should be punched in the face(s)."

PMS at large.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:11 PM

What do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes?

NOTHING! You already told her twice!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:14 PM

have any Stokes fans had their period yet?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:14 PM

The Strokes put me to sleep. THE single most lame ass, boring, POS band to ever come out of Brooklyn. What a disgrace to my borough.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:18 PM

^ Tell me you dig Type O Negative and Biohazard.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:20 PM

they aren't from brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:21 PM

Oh thank God ... I feel a little better now. They still suck homeless man's balls, cheese and all), but at least their stench is not from my borough

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:24 PM

Type O Negative and Biohazard are music for children.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:25 PM

Well what bullshit bands do you like? Please list a few.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:26 PM

Spit on someone, get punched in the face in return. Sounds fair to me..so whats the issue?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:27 PM

"they aren't from brooklyn"

You're right. Indie bands for trendy losers are the true heart of Brooklyn, yo!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:27 PM

sunn (o))))
GYBE
Tom Waits
Nick Cave

anything else, fukwad?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:27 PM

@3:14 FAIL

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:27 PM

never a reason to punch a female in the face. unless you are a no-class loser, like this twat

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:28 PM

@3:27 - please tell me that you don't actually like the Strokes? Sheesh, this fuking site is going to the dogs ... I'm outta here

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:29 PM

Really 3:27...wow you're so freakin cool. Don't I feel stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:33 PM

You know the Strokes only made one good record? It was good but a little overblown due to the environment it came out in (pop music was king).

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:33 PM

"sunn (o))))
GYBE
Tom Waits
Nick Cave"


Good bands. Not from Brooklyn like Bio and Type O, but all 4 of them still kick ass.

Forget these trendy cocksuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:34 PM

Man. You guys are going to SXSW and watching the Strokes? SXSW/Strokes are so over.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/210886/portlandia-this-bar-is-over

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:40 PM

i play chicken with the train play chicken with the train train uh huh huh huh uh huh huh

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:43 PM

old news.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:44 PM


Strokes sucks.

Posted by J-man | March 22, 2011 3:52 PM

this is some of the best publicity screeching weasel has had in 15 years!

Posted by joey tuna | March 22, 2011 3:53 PM

their set sucked. or so i'm told. i was punching that girl in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:57 PM

I couldn't care less about the band, but that dudes braces are Amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:59 PM

Anybody ever wonder why nobody uses the phrase "what the dilly-yo" anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 3:59 PM

OM, like, the Stokes are, like, soooo cool, and, like, that girl, yeah?, well, she kinda was, you know, asking for it and ....

STFU & GTFO

Music uncool even for a Jr. High dork

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:08 PM

naming bands you like in anonymous bv comments!

WE'VE MADE IT GUYS!

WE DID IT!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:10 PM

3:27, good job picking just about the safest batch of bands one can come up with. No one is gonna dis those bands for fear of being called on their shit. How about a real list, an honest one that's sole purpose isn't to impress us anonymous commenters?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:12 PM

Oh, Menstrual craaaaammmmmps!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:19 PM

I'll pick on them. Sunn = boring. GYBE made one good song - "Dead Flag Blues". The rest is boring and the live shows are overrated. Tom Waits. You must be a teenager if you're discovering Tom Waits now. I envy you in that respect. Nick Cave. See above.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:20 PM

Come on, I know you all liked seeing that video of that chick Snooki getting punched at the bar. Its ok on rare occasion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:20 PM

^ Who?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:23 PM

I agree with 4:12. Dude has a canned answer of bands that he thinks him look cool or something. Try keeping it real next time 3:27. Fuckwad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:24 PM

The Return Of The BV Queefs!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:26 PM

fuck you fukwad. dude asked for band, i gave him bands. why don't you all put up your bands, Anon Fukwad #1, #2, #3, ....?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:35 PM

you know all of the bands you name, including the strokes, will be gone within 2-3 years

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:42 PM

LOL someone listed Sunn as a good band! hahahah

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:45 PM

we'll all be gone in 2-3 years

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:45 PM

anonymous posters are douches

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:47 PM

my parents are right: my friends ARE a bunch of slacker losers

all my friends went to sxsw, and LIKED it, especially the strokes

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 4:53 PM

"in 2004, the Web comic Penny Arcade coined a much better name: The Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. If you give a normal person anonymity and an audience, this theory posits, you turn him into a total fuckwad."

that theory is a pretty good one.

Posted by tim | March 22, 2011 5:02 PM

no Jack Johnson no care

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:03 PM

screaming girls ruin concerts

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:32 PM

reading for you lovers of bv

getsomerealtasteinmusic.org

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:36 PM

Sunn and GYBE are possibly even trendier than the Strokes are today....music for hipsters who hate hipsters.

am i the only one confused?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:49 PM

good bye ben weasel.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:50 PM

Why are you idiots complaining about the anon commenting??

That's what makes this site entertaining. If it was same gay Digg/CNN/AOL "get an account to post" bullshit then these comments would suck complete ass.

Seriously, I can read comments about bands I don't even know about and am amused at the comments alone. Its the biggest reason that gets this site so much traffic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:58 PM

Sounds like S X WWF

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 5:58 PM

what riot? is the "riot footage" the campaign the publicist is working? someone jumping on a guard rail is hardly a "riot"

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 6:07 PM

Will BV take come responsibility for helping to turn what used to be a respectable festival into the corporate whore of Babylon?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 6:11 PM

It was fun to be in on the Type O joke. I mean, if you took the musically too seriously, then yeah, you might have a problem.

Also, there isn't a ( before the o in Sunn.

Ah well.

Posted by BLG | March 22, 2011 6:22 PM

HE CLEARLY DIDN'T PUNCH HER FACE.. LOOK AT THE VIDEO. DUDE'S FIST GRAZED HER FACE.. SHE WAS FINE.. HAD HE PUNCHED HER SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN KNOCKED OUT AND/OR IN SHOCK.

AND YES, I'M WRITING IN CAPS SO THAT YOU READ THIS AND REALIZE YOU'RE WRONG IF YOU THINK HE 'PUNCHED' HER.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 6:40 PM

"that apology was everything punk rock is supposed to be against. ben, retire immediately"

established that point when he "tweeted" his current mood

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 6:57 PM

I'd hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 6:59 PM

I thought spitting WAS punk rock?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 7:01 PM

punching chiks, riots heavy machinery impaling human bodies? SXSW is the new Gathering. VIRUSES!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 7:14 PM

It would be cool if he just went on a rampage punching everyone around him regardless of gender.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 7:30 PM

I don't know which is funnier, that all the Stokes fans in Austin will be entering High School next year or that there are actually twats on this board that like them too.

Oh, and by the way, sunn o)))) rocks balls. Any of you homos don't think so, c'mon down to Brooklyn Bowl tonight and ask the bartender for Tom -- you obviously need to have some sense slapped into you silly little head.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:02 PM

Please explain how Sunn rocks. I'm dying to hear this one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:04 PM

C'mon down to Brooklyn Bowl tonight, Anonymous, and I'll tell you all about it. Why not put your fucking ugly face on the line if you really want to know. If your not a pussy that is, which I just bet my buddy $20 you are.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:09 PM

^ YEAH! Pussy!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:12 PM

This fight is gonna rock.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:44 PM

The new angles sucks. My friend keeps defending it because his "friend works at pitchfork" and gave it to him three weeks early. I don't give a fuck. Its awful. Its boring and I don't like it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:46 PM

on a side bet, 10 bucks says he doesn't show

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:47 PM

You're on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 8:55 PM

brooklyn bowl pussy fight!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 9:13 PM

alright! been a while since we saw a good pussy fight around here. but i'm with @8:09, I think he's gonna be $20 richer

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 9:36 PM

so...which pusspuss is bigger?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 8:54 AM

nothing says I'm Punk like tweeting about it

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:11 AM

I am not sure who are bigger morons: the people starting the riots at SXSW or the commentators on Brooklynvegan.

The readership of the site has really taken a nose dive of late. More concerned about their perceived sense of coolness....

Where did the music fans go?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:34 AM

^^ oh, sorry we're not as cool as you are SFB. I think, wait, I know that you are going to start another site, just for cool people ... I see it, it's called AnalDouch.Com

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 12:03 PM

^ That's not a good name. You should really pick another one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 12:35 PM

Those ladies did it wrong. You duck out of the way, then you come back and punch the fucker back.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 3:20 PM

loserswhoeatturdsandwiches.cum was already taken. Sorry, fellers...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 3:54 PM

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