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.
DePaul and Dave Leitao's representatives agreed to a deal on Sunday to have the Tulsa assistant return as the Blue Demons' head coach after a 10-year absence.
Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay at Texas
An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
South Carolina earns first Final Four berth
South Carolina earned its first Final Four berth by beating Florida State 80-74 on Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final.
Alabama kicks Taylor off team following arrest
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested again on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
LB Magee using Bo's advice with Red Sox
Brandon Magee, after being released by the NFL's Buccaneers, is in the Boston Red Sox's minor league camp and keeping in mind everything Bo Jackson has told him as he tries to make the team.
Joe Gibbs: 'Courageous' son J.D. is 'my hero'
Joe Gibbs called son J.D. his "hero" as the 46-year-old begins treatment for brain issues that impact his speech and processing functions.
Pens' Letang out of hospital, has concussion
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from a hospital Sunday but has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary hit he received Saturday from Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
Verlander (triceps) plays catch, feels 'better'
Justin Verlander played catch briefly Sunday morning for the first time since leaving a start with a cramp in his right tricep, but it remained unclear when the Detroit Tigers ace would pitch again.
Kanter rips Jazz, praises 'professional' OKC
Enes Kanter claimed to have more to say about his tumultuous tenure with the Utah Jazz, but didn't hold back all that much.
Wisconsin beats Arizona to return to Final Four
Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker combined for 56 points to spur Wisconsin to a win over Arizona in the West Regional final to return the Badgers to the Final Four.
OTL: Study finds many hockey helmets unsafe
"We don't think anybody should be playing in these [hockey] helmets," said Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech, about the lowest-performing hockey helmets.
M's prospect dies 6 weeks after boat accident
Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez has died in Venezuela from injuries sustained in a boating accident in his home country in February, the team announced.
Late free throws lift Kentucky by Notre Dame
Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final.
Seahawks QB Wilson works out with Rangers
Fantasy camp met Major League Baseball camp on Saturday, as for the second consecutive year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson followed up a Super Bowl appearance with a one-day workout with the Texas Rangers.
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.