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September 26, 2014
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
In between tracks the rappers soft-joshed each other. Their banter follows a storyline that has remained consistent throughout the tour. Drake touts his new energy and current hits, Weezy reps for the classics. Weezy was clearly the superior fighter, but Drake was the better lover by a long shot and he leaned on his suave skills with the ladies to win him points throughout the night. For an emotional rendition of "Hold On, We're Going Home" he rode across the crowd on a moving platform. Lil Wayne later derided it as a "stripper pole" but it undeniably endeared him to the crowd.Earlier this month, the huge Drake / Lil Wayne co-headlining tour swept through Austin for a big show at Austin 360 Amphitheater on September 6, which G-Eazy opened. Lil Wayne had the classics but Drake brought the fresh hits as the two switched off throughout the night. More pictures of the whole thing below...
An hour or so in, the rappers faced off to trade verses and hooks, but even that didn't come off with the confrontational fury of a real rap battle. However, the concert did deliver on its promise of a high energy throwdown. The two rappers performed for nearly two and a half hours with only a brief break for a DJ battle which saw the beat masters take turns dropping Texas classics to hype the crowd. The show built to an explosive climax complete with pyrotechnics and sonic booms. Lil Wayne put in a furious rendition of "A Milli" and Drake blasted back with his ubiquitous 2013 banger "Started From the Bottom." [Austin360.com]
June 5, 2014
Municipal Waste at GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
RIchmond crossover thrashers Municipal Waste will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Austin on Friday (6/6) at Mohawk, curated by Transmission. Like all RBSS shows, the openers are (relatively) local, including Dallas' Power Trip (who likely owe a thing or two to Municipal Waste and other crossover vets) and Houston noise rapper B L A C K I E. And because it's RBSS, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
This is at least the second metal RBSS show happening this year, following the Pig Destroyer show we presented in NYC this past January.
Municipal Waste show flyer below...
March 19, 2014
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Kelis / Jungle @ Hype Hotel - 3/14/14
On the Friday night (3/14) of SXSW, Hype Hotel hosted a dancey show with UK producer Tourist, TDE-signed R&B singer SZA, enigmatic UK funk collective Jungle, German producer Tensnake, and the once-milkshakin', now "indie" Kelis. There was an hour long wait for Kelis, like there was a day earlier at Clive Bar, but this time it was apparently because Cyril Hahn was supposed to play beforehand but cancelled his set. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...
March 18, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Pusha T / Dum Dum Girls
On Wednesday (3/12) at SXSW, SPIN threw their day party at Mohawk/House of Vans with multiple performers across the indoor and outdoor stages. Amanda got there to catch indie pop stalwarts Dum Dum Girls and rapper Pusha T on the outdoor stage. Pictures of both of those sets are in this post. Check out more, with a video of Pusha T playing "Grindin" as Tyer, the Creator (who got into all kinds of trouble at SXSW) raps along from the audience, below...
March 12, 2014
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Not-just-a-rapper Cities Aviv recently release his album 'Come To Life' via Young One Records along with a free FADER Mix on the same day. You can listen to that full mix below and read an interview at FADER. The video for album track "URL IR" is also below.
On 3/20 Cities Aviv will head out on tour with Weekend, but first both artists are here in Austin for SXSW. Sarah Frankie Linder stopped by Red 7 the other night to catch a Cities Aviv set and came back with the pictures you see in this post. Cities Aviv returns to Red 7 on Thursday for a BrooklynVegan Day Party. Hope to see you there.
More pictures, tour dates and the music below...
February 26, 2014
The Friday (3/14) will be headlined by Sleigh Bells and opened by Tink and Tapioca and the Flea; and the Saturday (3/15) will be headlined by Danny Brown and opened by Chicago Alternative Trap rapper Lucki Eck$, plus A.Dd+ and Kydd Jones. All four shows happen at The Belmont. To get in, you need to RSVP.
February 20, 2014
FADER Fort 2013 (more by Julie Schabel)
FADER Fort returns to Austin for SXSW this year. They write:
From March 12th until the 15th, we'll be celebrating FADER's 15th Anniversary and 90th issue with performances by FKA Twigs, The Orwells, Jeremih, Isaiah Rashad, and a series of special guests that will please both new and longtime FADER readers. We've once again partnered with Converse to help make this our best FORT yet, and the live stream will be powered by Dell Precision workstations. Mazda will provide shuttle services and other surprises, while Captain Morgan White Rum serves up specialty cocktails at The FORT's bars. Vitaminwater and Glass Is Life will be on site, too.Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup and RSVP info.
February 17, 2014
Last Year's RBSS Presents: 120 Hours In Austin (more by Sarah Linder)
Red Bull Sound Select is returning to Austin with another set of curated shows that just happen to fall during the city's biggest festival of the year. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 4 Days In Austin will be held March 12-15 at The Belmont, pairing big exclusive headliners with up-and-coming openers.
Of the four, only the first show's line-ups have been announced: Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt headlines with Lil Erb, Thurz, Denitia and Scene, and Thurz opening to kick off the series on March 12. That one's curated by Red Bull Sound Select. All the shows are free with RSVP. Stay tuned for announcements about the rest of the lineup.
RBSS is an ongoing series of shows across the country. The last Austin one was this past Thursday (3/13) at Republic Live with Yung Nation, A.DD+, League of Extraordinary G'z, and Kydd Jones.
Flyer for the Earl Sweatshirt RBSS show below...
February 11, 2014
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q is set to release Oxymoron on February 25th via Top Dawg Entertainment//Interscope. The album features Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon, Suga Free, SZA, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Kurupt.
He will be going on a world tour in support of that with Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Saples and new TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad (who just released his own album, Cilvia Demo) that includes SXSW. The tour also hits San Antonio on March 21 at The White Rabbit, Dallas on March 23 at South Side Music Hall, Austin on March 24 at Scoot Inn, Houston on March 25 at Warehouse Live, and El Paso on March 29 at Tricky Falls. Tickets for San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and El Paso are available now.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Videos by Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad below...
December 29, 2013
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Public Enemy @ Mohawk - 12/28/2013
Lethal and Chief and the Doomsday Device opened for the one and only Public Enemy at Mohawk last night (12/28). We've got the pictures to prove it. More below...