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March 13, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Police and municipal officials in Austin, Texas, are set to discuss an incident that left two dead at SXSW, the city's annual arts, cinema and interactive festival. Watch the news conference live below: (That livestream event is over. More here from KXAN Austin.)
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April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien is looking to get a jump on all the Dave, Jimmy and Jimmy talk by announcing his own late-night move next summer. He's going to become the first late-night host to broadcast his show from San Diego's Comic-Con International. "Conan" will be in San Diego in 2015, doing the TBS show from the Spreckels Theatre from July 8-12. With Comic-Con such a major destination for Hollywood talent these days, especially the kind starring in big summer tent-pole movies, the guest lineup for O'Brien's shows that week should be impressive.
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March 17, 2014 | By August Brown
A third person has died of injuries received last week after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, officials said. Sandy Le, 26, of Austin, who had been in critical condition with head injuries, died Monday at University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.  She was one of 22 people injured Thursday after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver attempted to evade a DWI checkpoint and plowed into a crowd of pedestrians outside the Mohawk nightclub, police said.
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April 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Prosecutors filed 20 new aggravated assault charges Tuesday against Rashad Owens, the man accused in a deadly driving spree that startled crowds at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, last month. Two people on a motorcycle died at the scene of the March accident and two others later died at a hospital. Owens, accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level about 0.03 above the legal limit, could face additional charges before his case reaches a grand jury this year.
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March 15, 2014 | By August Brown
The rapper Tyler, the Creator was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas on Saturday  on suspicion of inciting a riot, according to police  and the Austin American-Statesman. The L.A. musician, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, was taken into custody after an incident Friday night at a SXSW concert. The singer was performing at the Scoot Inn as part of a showcase for Converse and Thrasher Magazine. He reportedly incited the attending crowds outside the at-capacity venue to break down security barricades and rush the venue, leading a chant of "Push, push, push.
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March 6, 2014 | By August Brown
An ultra-meta, avant-garde piece of corporate branding performance art? Or the final death knell of SXSW as a proving ground for unknown young bands - and Lady Gaga's career? Whatever the stakes, Lady Gaga is headlining a Doritos-sponsored bill at this year's SXSW festival, one of the week's biggest sets and marketing gambits.  The pop singer, whose relevance and commercial performance has been on a years-long slip since her smash debut album "The Fame," was initially denied a permit to perform on the actual Doritos Stage, the widely mocked inflatable venue meant to resemble a giant spicy-corn-snack vending machine (and/or metaphor for the contemporary music business)
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March 11, 2013 | By Todd Martens
On the final night of the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, last year, a young folk-rock trio from Denver took the makeshift stage at a church a few blocks away from the main action down on 6th Street. The church was about half full, providing enough room for the band members to run the aisles, stand on benches and play music from a debut album they had yet to release. Attending that show meant missing out on more well-known entities such as Sleigh Bells, Norah Jones and Nas, but that baby band -- the Lumineers -- would go on to become one of the biggest acts in the U.S. As sprawling as SXSW has become - last year boasted more than 2,200 acts across 104 stages - the festival continues to reward those who favor the unknown rather than those who chase the big names.
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March 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- It's too early to identify trends after the first night of the South by Southwest music festival, which revved to life Tuesday. Folks are excited -- giddy, even -- about the prospect of seeing some of the more than 2,000 acts scheduled to play here from now through early Sunday, while others have already begun availing themselves of the many, many open bars that dot the sun-scorched SXSW landscape like booze-dispensing cactuses....
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March 16, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas - Rick Ross had come to South by Southwest, as indeed he goes most places, to boast. "I just celebrated my fifth No. 1 album," the Miami rapper said Saturday night at the Fader Fort. Last week, Ross's so-so "Mastermind" debuted atop the Billboard 200, beating out competition that included Pharrell Williams' heavily promoted "G I R L" and the Oscar-winning "Frozen" soundtrack. The record, he wrote on Twitter before the show, "contains only the highest grade of execution.
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March 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
AUSTIN, Texas -- In her bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna has brought a fiercely feminist perspective to her lyrics and music, inspiring multiple generations of young women. The new documentary “The Punk Singer,” which is having its world premiere at the South by Southwestf film festival, is a concise look at Hanna as a larger-than-life force and her more up-close, human travails. The film covers such high-profile moments in Hanna's career as her connections to the '90s Northwest music scene -- she coined the phrase “smells like teen spirit” used in Nirvana's epochal song and was once  punched in the face by Courtney Love.
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March 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fourth person has died of injuries sustained when a car driven by man suspected of being drunk hit several people during the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, police said Thursday. DeAndre Tatum, 18, who had been in critical condition since the incident on March 13, died Thursday, Veneza Bremner, an Austin senior police officer, told the Los Angeles Times. His girlfriend, 19-year-old Curtisha Davis, was injured but was released from a  hospital last week. Sandy Le, 26; Steven Craenmehr, 35; and Jamie West, 27, were also killed.
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March 27, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A fourth person has died from injuries sustained earlier this month after a car driven by a drunk driving suspect crashed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, officials said. DeAndre Tatum passed away on Thursday as a result of his injuries, the Austin police department confirmed. Tatum was one of 23 injured a few weeks ago after a a man attempting to evade a DWI checkpoint plowed into a crowd of festival revelers outside the Mohawk nightclub while being pursued by police.
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March 18, 2014 | By August Brown
M.I.A. might want to hang onto all that cash-register-ringing  money she earned on "Paper Planes. " The NFL is asking for $16.6 million stemming from the fracas over her middle-finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl. The incident took place during M.I.A.'s halftime performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, where the singer briefly flashed what looked like a raised middle finger at the cameras. The flicked digit came and went in a second, but the NFL took it personally. The league claims the singer-rapper, born Maya Arulpragasam, is in breach of a contract that stipulated her performance preserve the league's "reputation for wholesomeness.
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March 17, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON--A third person injured in last week's South by Southwest crash has died. Sandy Thuy Le, 26, had been treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, where relatives announced her death Monday. “The Le family and care team are sorry to report that Sandy Le is deceased,” a spokeswoman said. A police spokeswoman confirmed the death. Le, of Pass Christian, Miss., was injured after being hit by a car outside the Mohawk nightclub last Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office told KVUE.
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March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
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March 16, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas - Rick Ross had come to South by Southwest, as indeed he goes most places, to boast. "I just celebrated my fifth No. 1 album," the Miami rapper said Saturday night at the Fader Fort. Last week, Ross's so-so "Mastermind" debuted atop the Billboard 200, beating out competition that included Pharrell Williams' heavily promoted "G I R L" and the Oscar-winning "Frozen" soundtrack. The record, he wrote on Twitter before the show, "contains only the highest grade of execution.
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March 15, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas -- The noise at the South by Southwest music festival and conference comes from all corners. Thursday began with an upbeat keynote speech from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, and afterward the increasingly tricky balancing act of turning the volume up or off began. There's clamor from brands, as LL Cool J late Thursday and early Friday was selling his act at the base of a multi-story, multimedia Doritos vending machine, and there's commotion from industry executives, as in the mid-afternoon when famed record biz mogul Clive Davis was hyping his recently released book from a stage inside the Austin Convention Center.  Come nightfall, there are more than 100 stages filled with artists eager for your attention -- some are as well-known as Grohl and Stevie Nicks, some are up-and-comers such as velocious rapper Angel Haze, and some are relative unknowns such as drama-filled electro-pop trio No Ceremony///.
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March 13, 2013 | By Todd Martens, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
AUSTIN, Texas - Tuesday afternoon at South by Southwest was dedicated to electronic mavens and digital gatekeepers, arguably the new rock stars of the music industry in 2013. Spotify founder Daniel Ek was given a space at a 2,400-capacity auditorium at the Long Center for the Performing Arts for an interview, while later, electronic artists Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin spoke while hundreds were locked out of their panel at the Austin Convention Center. “Your best bet is to watch it when it's online in about a month,” said a SXSW staff member to those of us near the back of the line.
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March 16, 2014 | By August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - The theme of this week at SXSW has been chaos and exhaustion, both literal and metaphorical. After Thursday morning's tragedy, which left people here unsure if they should even care about music and drinking anymore in the wake of it, the showcases Saturday night had a definite feel of "We all just want to go home now. "  For those who stuck it out, though, a few fine sets were to be had. Their blend of violence and soul seemed an...
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