SXSW, the greatest new music festival in the world, is over for another year and NME never want to eat another pulled pork taco again. Here are some marvellous photographs starting with Karen O.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played an explosive set on the Wednesday evening and Karen O looked like a total badass in a banana trouser suit.
The set spanned the entirety of the band’s career, including ‘Art Star’ and ‘Miles Away’ from their debut, self-titled 2001 EP up unto their current single, ‘Sacrilege’.
The epicentre of SXSW at Austin, Texas is 6th street. It’s rammed with Philly cheese steaks, free tequila and wasted Brits getting tattoos of Texas outline on their biceps before crying all the way home.
Iggy And The Stooges played a tiny venue on the Thursday. NME queued for three hours to get in but it was totally worth it.
During the set, Iggy Pop stage-dived but his security was not up for it. Well, he is 65.
As well as airing classic tracks ‘Raw Power’, ‘Fun House’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, the tiny show saw Iggy And The Stooges playing material from their forthcoming album ‘Ready To Die’ for the first time.
Wildcat! Wildcat! played at the Haus of Hipstamatic in the blazing heat on the Saturday. Their cover of Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World went down a treat and their dreamy stoner pop was just the ticket for an afternoon buzz.
L.A.’s Wavves blasted a showcase featuring Skaters and Japandroids with new album ‘Life Sux’, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘King Of Beach’.
There was a ton of buzz around Wardell and their LA slacker-pop. Cool fact: they’re Steven Spielberg’s kids.
You know when you’ve been Trash Talked. The Sacramento harcore thrash-punks showed the kids how to do it with a typically boisterous set.
Lee Spielman deserved a little lie-down after his energetic performance. Trash Talk played songs from new album ‘119’.
RDGLDGRN were another band with a lot of hype over this year’s festival. Perhaps partly because Dave Grohl played drums for their album, recorded in the same room he laid down ‘Nevermind’ in a couple of decades ago. Nice.
Palma Violets absolutely brought the house down on a number of occasions. It’s a relief Chilli managed to make it – he lost his passport just before flying to Texas.
Here’s Chilli from Palma Violets doing a stage dive.
Palma Violets played Hotel De Ville on Friday night at 3am and ripped shit up, throwing microphones into the stage before a crowd invasion.
It gets pretty tiring walking around for 16 hours a day, free beer and energy drinks or not. This guy’s smart – he knows how to avoid puffy ankles.
Nobunny,the stage persona of musician Justin Champlin, played the Burger Records outdoor stage Saturday night.
Mykki Blanco played an EDM club night on the Friday. Despite the life-ruining atmosphere, it was an intensely physical and interesting set culminating in a brilliant ‘Wavvy’.
Merchandise were one of the greatest bands NME saw in the week, so much so that we all saw them at least once. They played with a drummer instead of a drum machine which was really a Very Good Thing. Top marks all round.
K.I.D.S, aka a new project from White Lies’ Charles Cave, played a bright set in a bar on 6th street mixing 90s angst and burbling pop.
The Merchandise and Parquet Courts show on a bridge got a bit bananas. A bunch of ratbags threw fireworks into the crowd – thankfully, NME staffers managed to dodge the bullets.
Noise-punk duo Japandroids showed exactly how last year’s ‘Celebration Rock’ album recruited a legion of fans.
The queue for Green Day!
Britain’s Foxes charmed the pants of Austin, Texas with her beguiling synth-pop. Here she is rocking a supermarket car park with the best pair of boots at SXSW.
New Brooklyn group Hunters played highly-charged all over town and inspired all girls to get a pink dye job.
Green Day played their first live show since Billy Joe Armstrong’s breakdown and stint in rehab.
They played at Austin’s Moody Theatre and Armstrong commanded the crowd to “get your fucking hands up”.
Green Day started with songs from the new album and then went back in time for the latter half.
Foxygen didn’t have the greatest time at SXSW. Sam France had a meltdown on stage attacking a fan and asking him to join him on stage and not be a “fucking coward”.
Fidlar claimed that a phone number written on one of their amps belonged to none other than Justin Bieber. Unfortunately we didn’t scribble it down.
It was probably bullshit but they made up for it with some of the festival’s finest stage dives.
Sibling duo Wardell spent years writing songs between Providence and New York to Paris and New Haven.
Mackenzie Scott, the singer-songwriter from Nashville, goes by the name of TORRES.
Swim Deep make songs that sound like the summer, so it was fitting Austin was 30 degrees when they played.
As well as tearing things up on stage, the B-Town band know how to rock a good shirt.
Walking around Austin for 14 hours can get a little tiring. Hence the streets are jam-packed with pedicabs creating a hullabaloo blasting out their favourite music.
There was a lot of talk about B-Town upstarts Peace over the week. They played a number of excellent sets and tore up the town.
Io Echo gave a startling performance at a bar on Wednesday afternoon. Ioanna Gika screeched and lurched around the stage like a mixture of Karen O and Florence.
NYC band Lodro made Radar editor Matt Wilkinson’s 10 picks for SXSW which means they’re definitely worth checkin gout.
One of the great things about Austin is the number of musicians and singers playing on the streets. Turn a corner and you might find yourself faced with a funkin’ brass band.
Los Angeles artist Jenny O played tunes from her debut album ‘Automechanic’.
Think Grimes. Think Kate Bush. Empress Of is from the school of looping and layering but she totally has her own style too. She writes that meander and spike – and has the best ringlets in the business.
DIANA is Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and Carmen Elle, a group from Canada.
Descruction Unit have been supporting to top bands Milk Music and Merchandise on tour.
Dave Grohl revealed that he thought “Foo Fighters is the stupidest fucking name’ in his SXSW keynote speech. He also talked about his love of ‘Gangnam Style’. Right…
Charlie XCX brought her ‘Empire Records’ steez and unique brand of electro-pop to Austin for the second time.
Bleached previewed their ace California-dazed new album at a Spin party on Saturday.
Kitten, a young band from LA, just before back-flipping into the crowd.
The Allah-Las played perfectly pleasant retro-rock from their self-titled debut.