The fourth official day of South by Southwest Music brought not only heightened foot traffic and more music showcases, but a pretty steady downpour as well. Though rain can be a rare sight around the Austin area, the wet weather didn't keep the music or the fans away. Performances continued across the city, and we pressed on in our search for the latest and greatest.
Brilliant blue skies, rolling Texas hills, hours of intimate roots, rock and Americana music, and the Red Headed Stranger himself -- this Texas transplant escaped the South by Southwest madness for an afternoon to venture out to the fourth annual Heartbreaker Banquet.
The music portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) is here again, which means miles of walking, thousands of bands, and dodging tens of thousands of fellow festivalgoers to find the diamonds in the proverbial rough. Sorting through the long list of official showcases to make a nightly game plan can be overwhelming, but the hunt is worth the reward when you find music that moves you.
Don Felder may not be the first member of the Eagles you think of as you're humming along to "Hotel California," but his influence is as much a part of the history of the iconic band as it is in numerous other collaborations with iconic pop and rock stars, including Kenny Loggins, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson.
Nikki Minaj makes chart history as Pinkprint tour dates surface
As Nikki Minaj was in the process of announcing the first round of U.S. dates on her current tour, she racked up a chart history milestone on the Billboard charts. Minaj is the first woman to chart four simultaneous top ten singles on the magazine's "Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop" chart.
U2 adds a Denver stop to still-growing 2015 tour plans
Taking advantage of a gap following U2's five-night stay in Southern California, the band has worked a Denver stop into the lengthy 2015 tour itinerary, bringing the indoor phase of the tour to 68 shows.
Rick Barnes will need to make significant changes with the Texas Longhorns if he want to keep his job, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman on Thursday night.
LHP Aiken, 2014's top pick, gets Tommy John
Pitching prospect Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in last year's draft who failed to reach an agreement with the Houston Astros, underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Arizona outlasts Xavier to reach region final
T.J. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals Thursday night.
Irish rock WSU to reach 1st Elite 8 since '79
Notre Dame dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest Region semifinals Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.
Wisconsin rallies, then holds off Heels' upset bid
Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 on Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA tournament.
Kentucky (37-0) obliterates West Virginia
Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, rolled to a 78-39 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night in the NCAA tournament.
WVU's Miles after blowout: UK 'played great'
West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who gained national renown Wednesday with his pregame assertion that No. 1 Kentucky would end Thursday night with its first loss of the season, was far less verbose after the Wildcats' 78-39 blowout victory.
Sabres fans cheer OT loss: 'Whole new low'
Sabres defenseman Mike Weber struggled to gather his thoughts after watching his home fans cheer Arizona's game-winning goal in overtime.
Peeved Papi defends past, says he's HOFer
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, in a first-person essay as "editor at large" on Playerstribune.com, reiterated that he has never "knowingly used steroids" and said "hell, yes," he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Baddeley holes par-4 birdie -- from tee box
Aaron Baddeley's tee shot on the par-4 17th Thursday would have been the second hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history had he only taken a mulligan.
49ers waive offensive lineman Jonathan Martin
The San Francisco 49ers released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday, the team announced.
Final gift: UNC's Smith leaves $200 to players
Former UNC coach Dean Smith, who died last month, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every lettermen who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school.
Disputed new Indiana law concerns NCAA
NCAA president Mark Emmert says the association is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.
NC State's Barber: All good with Obama now
N.C. State's Cat Barber says things are square again with President Barack Obama.
Trashed: KC stadiums' food safety boss fired
The food safety manager at Kansas City's Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, home to the Royals and the Chiefs, was fired after sharing details of health concerns with ESPN.
Heat's Bosh out for season with blood clots
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.