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
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U2 adds a Denver stop to still-growing 2015 tour plans
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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.
49ers waive offensive lineman Jonathan Martin
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Final gift: UNC's Smith leaves $200 to players
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Disputed new Indiana law concerns NCAA
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A-Rod to be tested more following suspension
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'More mature' World Peace says he's changed
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Report: Colts will wait on new deal for Pagano
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Report: Hernandez's fiancee to testify Friday
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Trashed: KC stadiums' food safety boss fired
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Tiger helps fund Charlie Sifford scholarship
Tiger Woods is helping the University of Maryland Eastern Shore create a scholarship in the name of Charlie Sifford, the African-American golfer who broke golf's color barrier.
Marlins' Cosart: 'Caught off guard' by probe
Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Thursday that he was "caught off guard" by the firestorm surrounding his alleged sports gambling activities and is cooperating fully with a Major League Baseball investigation.
Sam edged 5-second barrier in combine 40
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Source: NFL's lack of cameras riles Belichick
Patriots coach Bill Belichick strongly voiced his displeasure Tuesday that the league didn't want to spend the money to put four cameras in the end zone to give referees better angles on replay reviews, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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.