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Drake, The 1975 big winners at MTV's Woodie Awards

Drake won top honors at MTV’s annual South By Southwest-based awards show Thursday night.

The Canadian rapper-singer-actor won Woodie of the Year, given to music’s top emerging artist, during the Woodie Awards in Austin.

Lil Wayne, who founded Drake’s label Young Money, shocked the crowd when he officially kicked off the show and dropped a verse from his own 2008 smash “A Milli.” He later accepted Drake’s award for him.

The 1975 took the breaking Woodie for best new artist. Chance the Rapper got best video Woodie for “Everybody’s Something” and Ed Sheeran earned the performing Woodie.

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Day after tragic accident, SXSW marches on (mostly) as planned

The second night of Austin’s South By Southwest music conference was marred early Thursday morning by a tragic accident that left two dead and 23 more people injured, but for most people, the rest of the festival carried on as business as usual.

The car accident that occurred around 12:30 a.m. early this morning outside of the Mohawk — a venue located on Red River Street, in a part of downtown that’s high on traffic even without a sprawling multi-faceted festival on its hands — cast a gloomy shadow on the city as word of the incident spread on social media.

“I checked into the Mohawk on Facebook last night but left before the accident,” said Leyla Lacheri, a festival attendee who was visiting from New York but originally hails from Austin, where she was a member of the city’s tight-knit music community. “When I woke up, I had like 200 messages from people wondering if I was okay.”

“It’s crazy,” said Elise Lindstrand, another longtime Austinite. “I was there with a bunch of friends right before it happened, and all these people started calling and texting me right after it happened. Everyone I know here was freaking out, making sure everyone they know is okay.” (One of the two fatalities has been identified as an Austin resident; the other was visiting from the Netherlands. Among the injured were people from a variety of cities.)

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Spandau Ballet put on insanely good show (seriously) at their first U.S. appearance in 28 years at SXSW

As one of their publicists pointed out to me just as they were taking the stage at the reconstituted Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, I was not even born when Spandau Ballet took their maiden voyage from London to New York to play Danceteria and essentially import England’s New Romantic scene to these shores. It’s been a while since their debut, and it has been almost as long in between U.S. tour stops.

Wednesday night, Spandau Ballet played their first U.S. show in 28 years, and it cannot be overstated: they slayed. In town to promote the forthcoming biopic about their rise to fame in the early ’80s, the band took it upon themselves to re-introduce their tunes to a fresh army of ears. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z and Kanye West bring the throne to SXSW

Back in 2011 and 2012, super friends Jay Z and Kanye West took their epic Watch the Throne tour everywhere from Paris to Vancouver. Even New Jersey got a two-night stand. One place they skipped, though? Austin, Texas.

That changed last night, when Jay and ‘Ye took over the Austin Music Hall for Samsung’s big SXSW party. Needless to say, people were excited; even Tyler, the Creator, who had a showcase of his own to play later that night, could be seen wilding out in the middle of the young crowd and, inevitably, inspiring a flood of Samsung-sponsored selfies from the fans around him. (Sadly, Tyler’s scheduled 1 a.m. showcase at Mohawk would end up being marred by tragedy.)

So did the Throne live up to the hype? Without a doubt. Sure, the concept and set-list was more or less a facsimile of the official tour — the rappers dueled from atop opposing glowing cubes amid a spastic laser show, before eventually taking the actual stage together and tag-teaming in and out for solo mini-sets — but that didn’t stop everyone from losing themselves during the two-hour blowout. And both Jay and Kanye have put out a bunch of new music since they last convened onstage: Hova had his (also Samsung-aided) Magna Carta Holy Grail, while West had his Yeezus masterpiece, plus the Cruel Summer comp he released under the G.O.O.D. Music banner.

But since the notes on my phone are roughly 85% exclamation points, it might be best to break it down by the numbers: READ FULL STORY

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q plant their flags at iTunes Festival at SXSW

It’s a testament to Kendrick Lamar’s industry power right now that Apple essentially gave him and his crew an entire evening to themselves on the second night of the inaugural iTunes Festival at SXSW.

Lamar’s crew/label conglomerate Top Dawg Entertainment filled ever nook of the evening’s festivities, from the three booked acts to the guest stars. Though not necessarily on the same scale, it conjured up memories of Kurt Cobain curating an entire main stage day at the 1992 Reading Festival—a huge cultural entity acknowledging the overwhelming impact of a single star.

Of course, Lamar wouldn’t have arrived at this point if he wasn’t a stellar live performer, and he brought the same kind of energy and execution in Austin that he brought during his run as one of the top festival stars of last summer. He did most of those shows with a band, but on Wednesday night he was backed only by a DJ, and the narrowing of the sound made his material feel more claustrophobic in some ways. He benefits from that kind of intensity though: READ FULL STORY

Coldplay unveils new songs at SXSW: See clip here

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Coldplay parachuted into the South by Southwest music festival Tuesday night with a 50-minute performance that mixed familiar hits with new songs from their upcoming sixth album, Ghost Stories.

The hot-ticket show at the intimate 2,700-seat Moody Theater at ACL Live kicked off the inaugural U.S. iTunes Festival, which runs over five nights during the fest. After sets by openers London Grammar and Imagine Dragons, frontman Chris Martin and co. took the stage looking trim and fit in a nondescript knit shirts.

“We’ve been away a long time, and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world,” Martin told the crowd before launching into band standards including “Paradise,” “Viva La Vida,”Fix You,” “Clocks” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” (that last adding a confetti cannon that left Martin wrapped up like a mummy). The new slower-paced new songs “Another’s Arms,” “Always In My Head” and “Magic” suggested Ghost Stories might be a more subdued entry into the band’s discography. Martin also took a moment to send “good vibes” to “everyone involved in the Malaysian [missing plane] situation.”

Performance wise, the group seemed pretty much note-perfect (and when Martin messed up the intro to one song, he called himself out on it) and the high-tech presentation left one fan screaming: “This needs more lasers!” It was snark, but happy snark.

Here’s a clip of Coldplay playing new Ghost track “Magic” last night: READ FULL STORY

SXSW Music 2014: 20 acts to see

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The annual South By Southwest festival/conference/conventio-con is underway, with the music getting started in earnest on Tuesday and rolling headlong through Saturday night.

This year’s event has its share of big name visitors: Lady Gaga will be delivering the keynote address and performing, and the likes of Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, and Pitbull will be headlining a series of shows as part of the iTunes Festival.

But SXSW was originally designed as a showcase for new music, a place where baby bands could get their first big taste of exposure and where those artists who were about to break finally actually broke. EW will be on the ground covering acts both big and small, including these 20 on-the-cusp artists we’re going out of our way to check out.

Temples: Throwback psychedelia is hard to do, but this British quartet blends just the right amount of crushing beauty and off-kilter left turns.

Angel Olsen: In the grand tradition of PJ Harvey, Olsen marries muscular guitar with her delicate warble for blow-away blasts of folk-rock and power blues.

Perfect Pussy: Despite their censor-baiting name (and what honestly seems like a pretty standard-issue fuzz-punk sound), there’s a lot of buzz on this Syracuse foursome.

Sleepy Kitty: For fans of Sleigh Bells — but sub in post-grunge jangle for noisecore.

Cloud Nothings: Noisy Cleveland-based anarchists nearly made it big with their exceptional 2012 album Attack on Memory. Could the bigger, badder, forthcoming Here and Nowhere Else put them over the top?

Vertical Scratchers: Ultra-fuzzy indie jangle care of a pair of blissed out Californians.

SKATERS: Four New Yorkers who split the difference between driving punk surges and carefully-curated sonic tapestries, all wrapped in a whatever-man sneer.

ScHoolboy Q: Sure, he topped the charts with his latest album OxyMoron, but the top lieutenant in Kendrick Lamar’s army is ready to take the next step into household name-ness.

Chet Faker: The Australian’s downtempo bedroom R&B that would swerve dangerously into the cheese lane were it not for bearded mastermind Nick Murphy’s convincingly syrupy baritone.

You Blew It!: Don’t look now, but an emo revival is about to kick into gear, and this Orlando-based combo are the finest purveyors of the new pollution.

Oh Honey: Nothing but positive jams for this strummy, soulful Brooklyn duo. Like Matt & Kim with better production values.

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Justin Bieber surprises with SXSW performance

Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins.

The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night.

Audience member Ashley Gregg said Monday that Bieber performed two songs, dedicating “Boyfriend” to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was backstage.

“This goes out to my baby girl,” Bieber told a crowd of about 100 people.

The bar was hosting an event for Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Surprise performers included Bieber and boy band The Wanted. Cody Simpson, Dan + Shay, Tori Kelly, and Rixton, who are among Braun’s clients, also performed.

The music portion of SXSW, which will feature Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, and Kendrick Lamar, starts Tuesday.

Lady Gaga is headed to SXSW -- VIDEO

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Monster invasion!

Lady Gaga will make her debut SXSW performance next week. Last week, reports surfaced that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage, but today the singer announced she would headline the festival March 13.

Gaga announced the news in the Gaga-iest way imaginable. “[I'll be performing] as part of the Born This Way Foundation night on the Doritos stage,” she says via video. “I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do. I will be celebrating that Thursday night. We are for the bold. This is a very special show…only people who prove their boldness are able to get in.”

What does that mean, exactly? Watch Gaga’s announcement video below: READ FULL STORY

Bonnaroo 2014 lineup announced: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, more

Well, well — look who’s back at Bonnaroo.

The Tennessee festival has just announced the lineup for this summer’s sunbaked soiree, and it looks like Kanye West — whose appearance at the event in 2008 was met with much controversy —  will be headlining once again. Redemption!

Some of the other headlining names on the list include Elton John and Lionel Richie, two titans who will be making their first ever trip to the muddy Manchester meet-up, which will go down June 12-15.

Also scheduled: Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, and the Avett Brothers, who, hopefully for their sake, won’t be playing against Yeezus again.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at noon via bonnaroo.com. Check out the full lineup below:

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