We’re headed to SXSW this week, where we’ll mingle with Austin’s finest while hopscotching the breakfast tacos and manic kaleidoscope of performances each day. Whether on rooftops, parking lots, under bridges or down back alleys, bands play wherever they can find a place to set up. It’s a beautiful thing.
Looking for new music? Dose up on the Firecloud’s Fresh Blood playlist, updated damn near every day.
In the meantime, here’s today’s relevant headlines…
- Depeche Mode takes aim at the Nazi assholes in the alt-right.
- U2’s former manager Paul McGuinness has some sage insight on artists getting robbed in the streaming era, and where the music industry went wrong.
- The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are playing Classic East and Classic West festivals in NY and LA, alongside the Doobie Brothers, Journey and more.
- Trump’s supporters believe a fictional anti-Nazi pirate radio station from the TV show The Man In The High Castle is real, so naturally they’re raging against the broadcast dedicated to fighting fascism and Nazi propaganda.
- One major theme behind SXSW this year is standing up to Trump.
- BTW, if you’re considering checking out Terrence Malick’s SXSW movie, you really, don’t want to do that. And if you read that review, holy Christ do you need to check out the comments section.
- One person was robbed at SXSW, so naturally “festivalgoers are being targeted”.
- That headphone jack isn’t going anywhere. Apple can suck it.
- Death Grips members Zach Hill and Andy Morin have a project called I.L.Y’s, an a new album called Bodyguard.
- Lorde tore it up on SNL this past weekend. Watch her performances of Green Light and Liability.
- Snoop Dogg is disappointed in the lack of Trump resistance from his fellow artists. So he’s taking matters into his own hands.
- When Pearl Jam is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next month, they’ve decided to sidestep all the member-inclusion bickering by inviting all five of their past drummers.
- Flea is in Edgar Wright’s new movie, which also stars Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and more. Here’s a trailer for Baby Driver, which premiered last night at SXSW.
- Someone was foolish enough to challenge Beethoven to a musical duel in Vienna. Beethoven took a piece of his competitor’s music, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that theme for over an hour. The challenger simply left halfway through.
- White Denim’s Seek No Shelter track is only available to stream on Spotify in places where it’s raining. Someone please upload this to YouTube so this nonsense weather exclusivity can end.
- Pink Floyd’s The Wall opera is headed to the U.S. next Summer.