From Solange's pink suit and Batillus' crushing doom metal to the gloomy pop of Diamond Rings, here's what we saw on Friday at SXSW. Oh, did we mention that Usher got on stage with The Afghan Whigs for a cover of "Climax"?
Everyone's favorite chef-turned-rapper loomed large at a party presented by Warner Sound at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. Watch Action Bronson get swallowed up by the crowd during "Strictly 4 My Jeeps."
Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase's performance at NPR Music's SXSW showcase was the band's only appearance at this year's festival. The New York trio performed their new single "Sacrilege" for the first time in front of an audience and dazzled the packed Stubb's crowd with a bunch of beloved hits from yesteryear. Watch highlights from the show here.
Sinewy and powerful as ever, and backed by his longtime band, Nick Cave works the crowd like a revival preacher at half-speed during a career-spanning set at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Watch Cave perform "Jubilee Street," "From Her to Eternity" and "Push the Sky Away," and hear audio of his full set.
From heavyweights like Cafe Tacvba and Bajofondo to a vast array of newcomers, Austin's annual blowout has a strong Latin vibe. With help from Michael Crockett of Austin's KUT, Alt.Latino explores some of the best of the fest-within-a-fest.
From the blissful electro-pop of Glasgow's CHVRCHES to Bajofondo's cinematic set to LL Cool J performing under a 62-foot stage designed like a vending machine, here's what we also saw at SXSW on Thursday.
Sometimes SXSW is about tough decisions, like missing potential favorites while waiting — or walking — to see a band you know you love. But on the third day in Austin, there were as many happy accidents as missed opportunities.