Live Performances

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
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
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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Mar
13
Jay Z and Kanye West Bring The Throne to SXSW

Jay Z and Kanye West

Jay Z and Kanye West brought their “Watch the Throne” tour back to life for one night only at Austin Music Hall during SXSW on Wednesday. The rap titans headlined an exclusive concert presented by Samsung for a crowd of 4,600 tastemakers and fans, who downloaded the Milk Music app on their Galaxy devices.

Perched atop two towering mini-stages, they kicked things off with “H.A.M.” before launching into their arsenal of Watch the Throne cuts including “Otis” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” plus their verses from Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love (Remix).”

In addition to their collaborations, each performed material off their latest albums. ‘Ye ran through his Yeezus singles “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves,” while Jay Z showcased “Tom Ford” and “Fu*kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” off Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

After taking their solo turns, they came together once more for the grand finale of “No Church in the World” and “Ni**as in Paris.”

Catch highlights from The Throne’s SXSW set below.

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Mar
11
Drake Sings Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ in Belgium

Drake

From the club to the stage, Drake and Rihanna have been inseparable during their time in Europe. After bringing her out during his Paris show last month, Drizzy paid homage to his rumored girlfriend during his “Would You Like a Tour?” stop in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. With RiRi in the audience, he put his spin on her hit “Stay” before segueing into his own song “Too Much.”

“Brussels, I want you to stay with me,” said Drake. “I put my hands in the air and say show me something good.”

Later that night, he and Rihanna were spotted partying together at Cirque le Soir nightclub in London.

When he returns to the U.S., Drake will host October Very Own’s first Houston Appreciation Week.

Watch him serenade the audience—and Rihanna—with his sweet song.

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Mar
2
Kelis Debuts New Material at BBC 6 Music Festival

Kelis

Kelis gave her U.K. fans a taste of her first album in four years at the BBC 6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Saturday.

Beaming in a gold metallic gown, the Harlem diva opened with a cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” and served up her hits including “Milkshake,” “Trick Me,” and “Acapella.”

For the first time, she also performed material off her upcoming album Food including “Jerk Ribs,” “Rumble,” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Cobbler,” during which she hit a whistle note that would make Mariah proud.

Her sixth album Food, produced entirely by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, arrives April 22 via U.K. indie label Ninja Tune.

Prior to the album’s release, the Le Cordon Bleu chef will appear at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she will serve meals out of her own food truck.

Watch Kelis satisfy her hungry fans with new music.

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