SXSW

Mar
16
Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, & JoJo Invade Fader Fort at SXSW

JoJo

After nearly a week of back-to-back shows from everyone from Gaga to Gunplay, South by Southwest came to a close on Saturday. Festivalgoers downed beer and BBQ before flocking to The FADER FORT to check out a diverse lineup that included Travi$ Scott, SZA, JoJo, Erykah Badu, Bun B, and Rick Ross.

JoJo hit the stage early in the afternoon. The singer, who signed a new deal with Atlantic Records this year, treated the Austin crowd to her hits “Too Little, Too Late” and “Leave (Get Out)” as well as covers of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” and Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” off her latest EP #LoveJo.

Following Travi$ Scott and SZA, Erykah Badu spread peace and love during her soulful set. Givenchy’s latest muse opened with “On & On” before going into “The Healer.” Backed by her band, she played the MPC while pulling from her expansive catalog.

“You come to Texas, you come with some shit, or you stay at your fu**ing house,” said the Dallas soulstress before performing a little of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

MMG was also in the building. Rick Ross closed out Saturday’s festivities with a nearly hour-long set, opening with “Devil Is a Lie” and serving up some of his latest material including “Blk & Wht” off the No. 1 album in the country, Mastermind.

If you were not in Austin, you can catch highlights from Saturday’s bill below.

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Mar
14
Kelis Serves Up Jerk Ribs at SXSW Food Truck

Kelis

Kelis brought her musical and culinary talents to SXSW in Austin, Texas. To promote her upcoming album Food, due April 22, the singer-turned-Le Cordon Bleu chef decked out her own food truck and served free gourmet meals on Thursday and Friday.

The saucier, who stars in her own special on the Cooking Channel, prepared a delicious menu of duck confit sliders, shredded beef with wild cherry BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and jerk ribs in honor of her single (Unfortunately, there were no milkshakes to wash it down).

Fans lined up around the block to get a taste of the jerk ribs that according to Kelis, “literally fall off the bone.”

She earned rave reviews for her food. “Honestly, best rib I’ve eaten. Sorry mom,” wrote one happy customer after trying her ribs.

While in Austin, Kelis also performed some of her tasty new cuts at several showcases including NPR Music.

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Mar
14
Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea Invade the Stage at mtvU Woodie Awards

Lil Wayne

From Beyoncé to The 1975, mtvU celebrated the music college students love at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. The show, which was taped before a live audience, featured performances from Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea, Childish Gambino, and more.

Tunechi surprised the crowd by kicking off the show with a freestyle and a verse from “A Milli,” leading into the evening’s first performers, The 1975.

Wiz Khalifa presented Drake with the night’s biggest honor, Woodie of the Year, which his Young Money boss Weezy accepted on his behalf.

Following an introduction from Danny Brown and Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea had the audience on its feet with a Clueless-inspired performance of “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX.

Childish Gambino closed out the show. After entering from the back of the venue covered in LED lights, the rapper-actor led a marching band to the stage, where he performed a medley of “3005″ and “Sweatpants.”

Beyoncé won the first-ever Did It My Way Woodie, Chance the Rapper took home Best Video Woodie, and A$AP Rocky and Skrillex picked up the Best Collaboration Woodie.

The 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards will air on Sunday, March 16, at 8 p.m. on MTV. See a full list of winners below.

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Mar
14
Lady Gaga Performs with Twista, Gets Puked On at SXSW

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga pulled out all the stops during her South by Southwest debut, performing for more than 2,000 of her Little Monsters on the Doritos #BoldStage on Thursday at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas.

In anticipation of her upcoming “artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball” tour, the pop provocateur performed a dramatic hour-long set consisting of material off her latest album ARTPOP including “Aura,” “Dope,” and “Do What U Want.”

During her strange and bizarre performance of “Swine,” Gaga invited “vomit painter” Millie Brown onstage. After downing some barbecued sausages earlier in the show, Brown consumed a full bottle of bright green liquid before forcing herself to vomit on Gaga as she played drums.

The singer then climbed atop a mechanical pig, playing the keyboard as she straddled Brown, who painted Gaga with black liquid.

“Fuck you pop music. This is ARTPOP. Free yourself!” commanded Gaga.

She also brought out Twista to perform their collaboration “Jewels N’ Drugs” during which she poured cans of beer on herself and the audience.

The concert, which benefited her Born This Way Foundation, will be rebroadcast on March 29 at 10 p.m. EST on Fuse.

Watch Gaga bring her “artRAVE” to SXSW.

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Mar
13
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Stunt in Matching Outfits at SXSW

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose showed off their flashy style during SXSW this week. The superstar couple turned the streets of Austin into a catwalk, modeling matching red and yellow Joyrich fontgram knit crewnecks and shorts, while posing for some Instagram pics.

“Shittin on sxsw … The illest husband & Wife gang signs bitch,” said Amber, while her husband boasted, “What husband and wife you know stuntin like this? I’ll wait.”

Last night at “Respect the West,” Wiz joined Snoop Dogg on stage to perform his Blacc Hollywood single “We Dem Boyz.”

See more pics of the chic couple mobbin’ through the streets.

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Mar
13
Big Sean, Pusha T, & Teyana Taylor Showcase G.O.O.D. Music at SXSW

Big Sean

G.O.O.D. Music invaded SXSW, headlining a showcase presented by Yahoo! Music at Austin’s Brazos Hall on Wednesday night. The whole clique—minus Kanye—hit the stage including Big Sean, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, CyHi the Prynce, and more.

Newcomers Hollywood Holt and Ryan McDermott were up first followed by Teyana Taylor, who wowed with her a cappella cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Killing Me Softly.”

King Louie brought out fellow Chicago rappers Katie Got Bandz and Chance the Rapper to perform Katie’s “Pop Out.”

With his fiancée Naya Rivera looking on, headliner Big Sean blessed the stage with “Sanctified” and “1st Quarter Freestyle.” He was joined by his labelmate Pusha T for “Mercy” and Travi$ Scott for the remix to “10 2 10.”

Fans held out for a Kanye appearance following Sean’s set, but he did not show. The G.O.O.D. Music chief was across town headlining his own concert with Jay Z for Samsung.

See photos and footage from the G.O.O.D. Music showcase below.

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Mar
13
Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q Take Over iTunes Festival

Kendrick Lamar

While Kanye West and Jay Z were headlining a show for Samsung at South by Southwest, Kendrick Lamar and his TDE family took over the second night of the iTunes Festival at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre on Wednesday in Austin.

TDE’s newest signee Isaiah Rashad kicked things off, showcasing his Cilvia Demo EP, followed by ScHoolboy Q, who performed a 35-minute set consisting of cuts off his No. 1 album Oxymoron.

King Kendrick opened his set with “m.A.A.d City,” performing tracks off his mixtape Section.80 and his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Jay Rock surprised the crowd with his verse on “Money Trees” and his own song “Hood Gone Love It,” while SZA filled in on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

Watch TDE’s SXSW invasion below.

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