The latest from this year's festival in Austin, Texas


Muse delivered no-frills set as Friday’s night’s last-minute South By Southwest (SXSW) headliners yesterday evening (March 19).

The trio, whose recent US performances have included elaborate staging and spectacular light shows, kept things simple and focused on the tunes rather than theatrics.

Matt Bellamy and company delivered a hit-filled set that clocked in at just over an hour at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q. The gig was a last-minute addition to the SXSW schedule, which left delegates and fans scrambling to get into the venue.

The set focused in the main on Muse‘s most recent album, ‘The Resistance’ with ‘Uprising’, ‘United States of Eurasia’ and the album’s near-title track ‘Resistance’ featured in the set, along side older tracks including ‘Time Is Running Out’.

Muse seemed to win over the largely industry crowd, and ended with the epic ‘Knights of Cydonia’.

Muse played:

‘Supermassive Black Hole’
‘Stockholm Syndrome’
‘United States Of Eurasia’
‘Time Is Running Out’
‘Unnatural Selection’
‘Plug In Baby’
‘Knights Of Cydonia’

The show was opened by Canadians Metric frontwoman Emily Haines telling the crowd
“It’s good to be here with old friends,” as they kicked off their short set.

Earlier in the day, Hole made their first live US appearance in more than a decade at the Spin day party. Courtney Love and company kicked off their set with a cover of The Rolling Stones‘Sympathy For the Devil’ before previewing several new tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’.

The band also performed older crowd-pleasers including ‘Miss World’ and ‘Violet’.

“Hi kids, we’re Hole,” Love told the audience. “I didn’t say a big hole or a little hole or a big flapping vagina. Just Hole.”

Meanwhile The Drums headlined the NME/British Embassy party, with the New York City-based band thrilling the packed venue with their theatrical stage show and rousing tunes including ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and ‘I Felt Stupid’.

Elsewhere, The xx gave an intimate performance at Los Angeles radio station KCRW‘s Austin studio, one of several SXSW gigs from the London trio.