Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against SXSW

South By Southwest is supposed to be a time to let loose and enjoy music, films, and the interactive conferences that are held, but this year’s festivities took a turn for the worse when a drunk idiot tried to evade police at a D.U.I. checkpoint which resulted in him killing several people and injuring dozens more.

Now, almost a year after the horrific incident took place, seven lawsuit have been filed again SXSW by the families of those killed in the fatal crash that took place in the early hours of March 13, 2014 on Red River, according to the Associated Press.

The wrongful death lawsuit have been filed in both federal and Texas state court.

But, the festival and their private companies, SXSW Holdings INC. and SXSW LLC aren’t the only ones being named in the suits, the traffic consulting firm, Traffic Design Consultants, LLC and the person who headed the project, Patrick Lowe, have also been named.

One of the suits claims that the tragedy was “foreseeable and predictable” and that all those involved, especially the festival, ignored safety regulations and industry standards by not using “rigid barriers.”

“A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated danger” cites one of the lawsuits.

They also claim that the festival and everyone involved should have anticipated that something would happen due to all the excessive alcohol consumption that was going on. The suit even cited that Austin is the “number one for alcohol consumption in Texas.”

But, it sill does not end there. The lawsuit also says that the festival’s Right-Of-Way permit puts them in “legal possession of the street where the crash occurred.”

“The only way to force a private company like South by Southwest to take action in the future is to hold them accountable for their failures in the past,” states Scott Hendler, the attorney for one of the families.

“Otherwise, there’s no incentive for them to do anything different.”

Lizzy Plug, the wife of one of the first victim’s identified as Steven Craenmehr mirrored her attorney’s sentiment.

“South by Southwest is accountable for this tragedy, in my thoughts.”

In the response to the lawsuit SXSW have released the following statement:

“What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen’s utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes.”

In September, a report sanctioned by SXSW done by the city of Austin revealed that crowd management issues including traffic congestion attributed to the crash.

The report also revealed that the city might also have some blame because of the overcrowding of venues and the high consumption of alcohol compromised the

Due to the report, the festival has already planned to minimize the amount of unofficial event surrounding them including the FADER Fort and the Hype Hotel. As of now, SXSW is asking for the city to limit the amount of permits distributed for events that require temporary permits.

As for the man behind all of this tragedy, Rashad Owens, he is currently in jail on capital murder charges. He is also being sued by the families.

South by So What? Reveal Fifth Installment

The new year is right around the corner and the people behind Texas’ South By So What? are making sure that they close out 2014 with a new reveal before 2015 kicks off.

For months the festival which will be celebrating its eighth year in existence, have been releasing the names of many of the artists who will be making the trek to Grand Prairie in mid-March for the weekend-long festival.

Now, South By So What? have revealed the fifth installment of their line-up which includes artists such as Circa Survive, La Dispute, Ghost Town, Ice Nine Kills among many more.

Funny enough, Ice Nine Kills will be in the middle of a tour with Motionless in White when they are scheduled to appear at the festival while La Dispute and Title Fight will begin their own joint tour the day right after their appearance.

Check out the newly added acts to the line-up below.



Balance And Composure
Bent Life
Circa Survive
Close Your Eyes
Everyone Like Cathleen
Famous Last Words
Fine Fine Titans
Fire From The Gods
Ghost Town
Gift Giver
Ice Nine Kills
Kublai Khan
La Dispute
Modern Pain
Power Trip
Set It Off
Silent Planet
Stray From The Path
Title Fight
Vulgar Display
Within The Ruins
Wolves At The Gate

Paramore Cancel Two Tour Dates Due to Illness


For fans of Paramoe who were looking forward to seeing the Nashville-based band on their co-headlining tour with Fall Out Boy this summer, it looks like they’ve had to bow out for a couple of stops.

The band was forced to cancel two Texas stops on the “Monumentour,” one in Corpus Christi and the other in Dallas due to frontwoman Hayley Williams falling ill with a chest infection and exhaustion.

As of now, it looks like their show tomorrow (August 7) in Albuquerque is still on, but with illnesses that bad especially for the voice of the band, fans should keep an eye out for updates from the band about that.

Check out a message from Williams, explaining the decision to pull out of the two stops.

“Writing from my bunk to let you know that my doctor and my vocal coach have told me I can’t play tonight either. I have a chest infection and … Something called “exhaustion”. Ha. 

Words in this tiny little message cannot begin to express my frustration, sadness, and overall loopiness (the latter is likely just from the cortisone and antibiotics…ugh.) 

Corpus Christi, you’ve been on my mind since I woke up this afternoon and Dallas, you’ll be on my mind the rest of the night. I absolutely hate canceling anything. Admitting defeat is a tough thing for this gal. 

Anyway. Thanks for understanding as much as you can. Of course any frustration on your part is totally understandable. I’m thankful for all the get well soon’s and all the love I’ve seen online. Big special thanks for FOB camp as well for helping by extending their set last night. We absolutely love being out here with those guys and their crew.

As for the rest of the tour. It is still on. Doctor thinks I’ll be good to go in the next day and certainly before the next show. 

Texas, the guys and I will be back to you as soon as we can.

Pray for me if you pray. Fist bump me if you don’t. 


Austin City Limits 2014 Line-up Revealed


Outkast can now add another music festival to their schedule, The Austin City Limits Music Festival which is set to take place in October. 

The line-up for the yearly festival which will be celebrating its 13th was unveiled earlier today with headliners Outkast, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Beck and Calvin Harris.

Organizers also announced the diverse list of performers that will also be making up the bill such as Lana Del Rey, Foster The People, The Replacements, Major Lazer, The Avett Brothers, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Belle & Sebastian, Lorde (only performing on weekend two), Zedd, CHVRCHES, Juanes, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Paolo Nutini, Sam Smith, KONGOS, Temples, Ana Tijoux, Hozier, MØ, Zoé, Interpol, AFI, CHVRCHES and the Gaslight Anthem.

The full list of artists to make up the bill can be seen below on the festival’s official flyer below. 


The 13th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to take place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas for two weekends; Oct. 3-5 for weekend one and Oct. 10-12 for weekend two. 

For those interested in going, three-passes go on sale beginning today at 10 a.m. central time on the festival’s official website.  

Austin City Limits Line-Up Revealed


Last week, Muse let the cat out of the bag that the band would be headlining the annual Austin City Limits Festival, and today the full line-up for the event has been revealed. Sharing the bill with Muse are The Cure, Fun., Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups and many more.

The festival will take during two weekend, October 4-6 and October 11-13, at Zilker Park, in you guessed it, Austin. Tickets are currently on sale at the event’s website, but for now, you can check out the trailer for the festival and then take a look at the full line-up of performers.


  • Depeche Mode
  • The Cure
  • Muse
  • Kings of Leon
  • Atoms for Peace
  • Lionel Richie
  • Phoenix
  • Wilco
  • Vampire Weekend
  • The National
  • Eric Church
  • Passion Pit
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • fun.
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • D’Angelo
  • Kaskade
  • Tame Impala
  • Local Natives
  • The Shouting Matches
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Grimes
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Neko Case
  • Divine Fits
  • Grouplove
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • The Black Angels
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • The Mavericks
  • Okkervil River
  • Shuggie Otis
  • Purity Ring
  • Dawes
  • Haim
  • Smith Westerns
  • Junip
  • Walk the Moon
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Paper Diamond
  • Lissie
  • Pinback
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Wild Belle
  • Phosphorescent
  • Court Yard Hounds
  • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
  • Foxygen
  • Little Green Cars
  • Savages
  • Autre Ne Veut
  • Parquet Courts
  • Fidlar
  • White Denim
  • True Believers
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Delta Rae
  • Jake Bugg
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Electric Guest
  • Dan Croll
  • Deap Vally
  • Wild Nothing
  • Typhoon
  • Hundred Waters
  • Twin Forks
  • Red Baraat
  • Electric Six
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Reignwolf
  • Mona
  • MS MR
  • Widowspeak
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Bear Mountain
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • JD McPherson
  • Valerie June
  • Wild Feathers
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir
  • JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
  • Desert Noises
  • The Band of Heathens
  • Holly Williams
  • Alanna Royale
  • Cherub
  • The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
  • Shinyribs
  • Jacuzzi Boys
  • Wick-it the Instigator
  • Shakey Graves
  • Houndmouth
  • Wild Cub
  • Peterson Brothers Band
  • Luella and the Sun
  • X Ambassadors
  • Sons of Fathers
  • Courrier
  • My Jerusalem
  • Not in the Face
  • Dana Falconberry
  • Bobby Jealousy
  • Whiskey Shivers
  • The Preservation
  • Max Frost
  • Latasha Lee & The BlackTies
  • Caleb
  • Shannon LaBrie
  • Andrew Duhon
  • Kristin Diable & The City
  • Colin Lake
  • Brooke Waggoner
  • Tyree Morris & Hearts of Worship
  • Endurance
  • The Stapletones
  • Heavenly Voices Choir
  • The McCrary Sisters
  • Disciples of Christ
  • The Hensley Ensemble
  • The Durdens
  • The Warrior Gospel Band
  • Barton Hills Choir
  • The Verve Pipe
  • School of Rock
  • Tim and the Space Cadets
  • Peter DiStefano & Tor
  • Grace London
  • Playdate
  • The Ohmies
  • The Q Brothers
  • Andy Z
  • Caspar Babypants