We have just one more full night of music left at SXSW 2014! This year has been quite a ride, and Friday was no exception. Conference highlights included a conversation with Lil Wayne, James Williamson and Buzz Osborne, and of course Lady Gaga’s Keynote.
The streets of Austin were buzzing as the day time sessions transitioned into nighttime showcases. Tons of great hip hop, a couple of notable Americana showcases, the Official SXSW Tribute to Lou Reed and more!
Lady Gaga started the conference off with an inspiring keynote interview in which she detailed her struggles during her rise to fame and the importance of being yourself as a musician.
James Williamson of Iggy Pop & The Stooges, along with the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, discussed their stories. James Williamson even strapped on a guitar at the end to demonstrate some of the Stooges riffs that he wrote.
Lil Wayne sat down for an entertaining interview in the afternoon, praising his peers Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, as well as mentioning his personal relationship with Willie Nelson.
The Okayplayer x Soulection showcase at Vulcan Gas Company was an absolute hit with performances by Mr. Carmack, ESTA, Aloe Blacc's new outfit Emanon, and hotly tipped Sango. A huge sense of crew love and surprise appearances by UK rapper Little Simz for the encore made for an incredibly special night that will be a highlight of the week.
The Official SXSW Tribute to Lou Reed went incredibly well, highlighted by the Baseball Project’s 17-minute rendition of “Sister Ray,” Spandau Ballet’s version of “Satellite of Love,” Sean Lennon’s performance of “What Goes On” and many more. Overall, it was a fitting tribute to the late rock icon.
Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet led a crowd-surfing contest during their raucous set at Parish Underground.
Norway Night at Icenhauer’s was extremely successful. There was a packed house all night for performances by incredible up-and-coming bands Intertwine, Death By Unga Bunga, Atlanter, Highasakite and more.
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz played to a full house at the Chevrolet Cedar Street Courtyard last night. The Strokes frontman is planning to release a new album later this year.
Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day’s less polished side project, played a great show before the crowd at Yahoo!’s Brazos Hall. Billie Joe Armstrong also joined his son’s band, Emily’s Army, on stage prior to his band's performance.
One more day to go! Be safe and have fun, y’all.
Foxboro Hot Tubs photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images