In the wake of Wednesday night’s tragic hit-and-run, Thursday carried an inevitably somber tone. The Mohawk and other venues nearby cancelled their daytime events, but the rest of the festival moved on as planned. Hit the jump for a few of Thursday’s highlights.
Recap: Thursday at SXSW
Hit-and-run suspect’s identity revealed
The driver of the vehicle that killed two people and injured another 23 outside of the Mohawk has been identified as Rashad Charjuan Owens of Killeen, TX. Owens, 21, has been charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle–formal charges still pending. Austin news station KVUE is reporting that the vehicle involved in the incident was stolen.
According to Austin American-Statesman, Owens is an aspiring rapper and father of six children. He was slated to perform at a venue in east Austin Wednesday night.
Lady Gaga delivers a bizzare, vomit-filled spectacle
Lady Gaga has built a reputation for her over-the-top live performances, but last night’s show at Stubb’s BBQ takes the cake–or the meat dress. During “Swine,” the Mother Monster was thrown-up on multiple times. The first round came while Gaga was behind the drums. A woman approached the drum kit, shoved her fingers down her throat and spewed a bright-green ooze all over the singer. Later, another woman regurgitated on Gaga while the two scissored on top of a mechanical bull. She is just so edgy.
Tyler, the Creator nearly starts a riot at Scoot Inn
Tyler, the Creator was slated to perform Wednesday night at the Mohawk, but the show was cancelled after the hit-and-run. Within 24 hours, the Odd Future rapper was on stage at Scoot Inn for the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch. SPIN’s Garrett Kamps was on-hand for the performance and details the debauchery that ensued when Tyler urged fans outside the venue to rush the gates. Click here for the full story.
THRASHER SHOW WAS GREAT! HAPPY EVERYONE GOT IN. I PLAY PANDORA TONIGHT AT 1AM COME!!!
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 14, 2014
Charli XCX debuts new track at Scoot Inn
British alt-pop singer Charli XCX performed a new track called “Breaking Up” during her set at Scoot Inn. The song is significantly different from her previous work. “Breaking Up” sounds more like a rock song than the bouncy pop tunes from 2013’s True Romance. This departure is not totally surprising, as the singer recently revealed that she has been working with Rivers Cuomo.
Twin Shadow Performs in a Dumpster
Check out this video Twin Shadow made for Funny Or Die. Poking fun at SXSW’s reputation for “pop-up shows,” the band set up shop in a dumpster to perform “Five Seconds.”
Article by Jason Schellhardt