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April 13, 2015

Action Bronson (more by Sean O'Connell)
Action Bronson

Queens rapper Action Bronson, who was in town for SXSW in March, recently announced a big tour that brings him back to Texas for these shows in May and June:

05-30 Austin, TX - ACL Live (tickets)
05-31 Houston, TX - House of Blues
06-01 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Billboard rode around Austin with Bronson while he was at SXSW. Stereogum also caught him serving lunch. At the Woodies (also part of SXSW), Chance the Rapper joined him to perform "Baby Blue". Watch video of that, and an official Action Bronson SXSW recap video, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played SXSW, playing ACL Live, other TX dates"

March 12, 2015

photo: Failure at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

If Yahoo! is trying to earn more cred with the hipsters, their SXSW plans are a good start. They're taking over Brazos Hall (and renaming it Yahoo's Brazos Hall) for the entirety of the festival for a few pretty killer official showcases there. Badges or wristbands required.

Following a pop/electronic show on Tuesday with Milky Chance and more, things start getting exciting on Wednesday (3/18) night, which is the Atlantic Records Loud Pack showcase. It's stacked with some amazing hip hop, including Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin Gates, Curren$y, O.T. Genasis -- as in, the "Coco" guy (!), Fat Trel, Kap G, Spenzo, DJ Drama and DJ J-Que.

Thursday (3/19) is mostly bluesy rock from Black Joe Lewis, Heartless Bastards, Delta Spirit, The Apache Relay, Elle King and Slothrust.

There's a pretty amazing night of indie rock on Friday (3/20) with reunited '90s-era bashers Failure (their only SXSW show), Speedy Ortiz, Creepoid, What Moon Things, Bully and Heat.

Finally, Yahoo! brings their stint at SXSW to a close Saturday night (3/21) with another sweet rap bill: Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Shy Glizzy and Metro Boomin are on all on board, and possibly more TBA.

Mass Appeal

Nas' imprint Mass Appeal is hosting an all-day BBQ during this year's SXSW, and of course the food comes with a hefty helping of stellar hip hop talent. There's a day show and a night show at Scoot Inn on Friday (3/20), both hosted by Nas himself (although it doesn't appear he's performing). You can catch Rae Sremmurd, Mike Will Made It, Mannie Fresh, Salva, Goldlink, Brenmar, Two-9, Earthgang and Ishdarr at the early party; and the night party hosts performances from Migos, Joey Bada$$, Kevin Gates, PRhyme, Father, Key!, Fashawn, Mick Jenkins, Kehlani, Uniiqu3, Boldy James and Dave East. Both parties are free with RSVP.

November 6, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Freddie Gibbs

Rapper Freddie Gibbs has been making headlines all week after being shot at it Brooklyn. Luckily they missed, and Freddie will be in Austin on Sunday to play his collaborative Fun Fun Fun Fest set with Madlib (who he released the PiƱata LP with earlier this year).

Freddie's partner DJ Izzo wasn't as lucky though. He got hit with a bullet in the leg. We're not sure if Izzo was ever part of a Freddie set with Madlib, but he has confirmed via Twitter that he's "layed up" and "def not Djn at fun fun fun fest". Get well soon Izzo!

Freddie Gibbs also plays the Odd Future Carnival in LA without Izzo this weekend.

Continue reading "Freddie Gibbs still playing Fun Fun Fun with Madlib (but not DJ Izzo who was shot)"

September 26, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
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.

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." []

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...

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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...

Continue reading "Municipal Waste, Power Trip & B L A C K I E playing Austin Red Bull Sound Select show this week"

March 19, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Kelis / Jungle @ Hype Hotel - 3/14/14
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414

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...

Continue reading "Kelis, Tensnake, Jungle, SZA & Tourist @ Hype Hotel (SXSW pics)"

March 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Pusha T / Dum Dum Girls
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...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls & Pusha T (w/ Tyler the Creator rapping along from the crowd) @ House of Vans SXSW (pics & video)"

March 12, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv

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...

Continue reading "Cties Aviv made a mix, is in Austin, played Red 7 (pics) and will again (dates)"

February 26, 2014

Red Bull

Red Bull Sound Select returns to Austin for four days during SXSW, and after already announcing the Earl Sweatshirt show and the Twin Shadow / Jagwar Ma show, the remaining two have been announced.

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.