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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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SXSW 2014: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, more to play Austin's first iTunes Festival

Apple is looking for its own bite out of SXSW. The company just announced the first-ever iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, running for five nights during the city’s South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference.

The first announced performers are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd, who will take the stage March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, where Austin City Limits is also held.

Not heading to Austin? You can stream all five nights of music through the iTunes Store.

While this is the first iTunes Festival in the U.S., a U.K. fest of the same name has been held annually at London’s Roundhouse theater since 2007, this past fall boasting headliners like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. More performers and concert details for the Austin incarnation will be announced over the next few weeks.

Pitchfork Fest lineup announced: Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Neutral Milk Hotel, more

Hark! Festival season is upon us, and it’s time to start selecting the ones that will fit into your budget and schedule.

Today, Pitchfork has made that one step easier: They’ve just announced the lineup for their annual music fest in Chicago’s Union Park (June 18-20). Headliners include such heavy-hitters as Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, and (what!) Italo-disco legend Giorgio Moroder.

Even though there’s no reunited OutKast in the mix (at least not yet), those names alone should entice a great deal of you. But, of course, a ton of other great artists are signed up as well. Take a look at the full day-by-day lineup below:

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More Outkast shows: Governors Ball 2014 also adds the reunited rap icons

Looks like the reunion appearances for Outkast won’t be stopping with Coachella— New York City’s Governors Ball has just announced that the revered hip-hop duo will also reunite to perform there this June.

The news of Outkast’s involvement in this year’s Governors Ball lineup comes hot off the heels of Coachella revealing that Andre 3000 and Big Boi would be reuniting to take the stage at the California music festival this April. Despite the fact that Outkast’s performance at Coachella will mark the first time the group has performed together in over a decade, news of the reunion might not come as much of a shock; rumors have been swirling since last November when an anonymous source told Billboard that the impending reunion at the festival was “all systems go.”

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Coachella 2014 lineup: Reunited OutKast, Arcade Fire, Muse to headline

UPDATE: OutKast adds another reunion show at NYC’s Governors Ball in June

ORIGINAL POST: Get ready to shake it like a Polaroid picture: OutKast is reuniting at Coachella.

The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, was announced Wednesday night, and among the usual suspects — including repeat headliners Arcade Fire and Muse — was news of the reunited Atlanta hip-hop duo. Also performing back-to-back weekends in April: Lorde (her first appearance), Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lana del Rey, Nas, Haim, and dozens more artists.

The festival goes down April 11-13 and April 18-20, and tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Check out the full lineup below:
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