Last night an possibly drunk driver fleeing police crashed his car into a crowd of people in Austin, Texas directly in front of The Mohawk, home this week to the SXSW House of Vans At The Mohawk. It was just after 12:30 AM (March 13, 2014) and fans were cued up outside for a Tyler, The Creator live show.
Two people where killed and 23 people were injured, according to a story in the New York Times.
The Austin police chief, Art Acevedo, told reporters that officers on the lookout for drunken drivers had tried to pull the motorist over about 12:30 a.m. at a service station near the clubs and other venues that were hosting events related to the annual cultural and technology festival. . . But the driver suddenly sped off, Chief Acevedo said, heading the wrong way down Ninth Street, a one-way street in downtown Austin, before turning onto Red River Street, where he rammed through a police barricade and struck several vehicles, including a moped and a taxi, in addition to hitting the pedestrians. A police officer stationed at the barricade narrowly avoided injury.
Stance’s Erica Yary was nearby when the accident happened. “Witnessed the worst thing I’ve ever seen tonight,” Yary said in an Instagram post. “If you pray, please pray for the deceased and the families of those injured and killed tonight. I don’t why this person plowed through dozens of people, but they destroyed many lives tonight. I’m so lucky my coworkers/friends and I were at a safe distance.”
The as-yet-unnamed driver of the car attempted to flee on foot but was caught and tasered. According to the Times, the driver will likely be charged with “capital murder charges.”
According to sources no Vans employees were injured in the accident, but our thoughts are with those injured and the family and friends of the two people who were killed.
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Seems the other brand of shoes kids wear to rock shows (Converse) also has big plans for the SXSW Music Festival. Along with Thrasher Magazine Converse will present another crazy week of music mayhem at Austin, Texas’ The Scoot Inn, March 12-15, 2014.
Four days, 49 bands, indoor and outdoor stages. The Black Lips, Tyler The Creator, Travesura, Dirty Fences, Lecherous Gaze, and, well 44 other bands that will rock your faces off and leave you sweaty, happy, and searching for your other shoe. . .
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Hey all you aging punk rawkers! Vans just made your day with a re-release of four of their most iconic band collaborations. That’s right they will be re-issuing 150 pairs of each of their Circle Jerks, Motörhead II, Bad Brains, and Rise Against shoes March 12 through 15, 2014 as part of their SXSW Music Festival promotions.
Each re-issue has a total of 150 pairs with 50 being sold exclusively at the pop-up shop inside the Vans Village at noon during SXSW with an additional sale of 100 pairs on Vans.com the following day. The limited re-release of these iconic band shoes is only the second time Vans has allowed the reproduction of archived band collaborations. The first came from Vans’ Vulcanized Vinyl pop-up boutique that opened during the 2012 SXSW Music Festival.
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Pro skater Leo Romero and his band Travesura will be celebrating the release of their self-titled EP on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with a party and live performance at the Scion AV Installation on Melorse in Los Angeles.
The self-titled debut is collection of heartbroken and twangy roots music with a roughhewn electric edge. . . . Based in Long Beach, California, Travesura features Romero on vocals, guitar and harmonica, and he is joined by guitarist/keyboard player Eric Evans and drummer Mark Morones. The full EP is now available to download.
RSVPs are required, space is limited, (click here to RSVP). Doors open at 7 PM The Scion AV Installation is located at 7667 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, California.
Can’t deny it. We enjoy listening to Leo Romero. It’s like that you will, too. Check him out with his band Travesura on the first official video from their self-titled debut EP. It’s called Tenor.
At this year’s South By Southwest Music, Film, Interactive festival Vans will be hosting some serious music at their Vans at the Mohawk concert space. Included on the list are acts like X, Cerebral Ballzy, Tyler the Creator, Cities Aviv, Gap Dream, Jacuzzi Boys, and more.
Showcasing an Off the Wall mix of musicians that define the original House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY, House of Vans at the Mohawk brings genre-defining artists, iconic talent and the best emerging bands for five packed days to the SXSW Music Festival.
We’re actually heard of a few of these acts. Want more official info from Vans, follow the jump.
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Tonight (January 14, 2014), the world famous La Paloma Theatre in beautiful downtown Encinitas, California will host the kickoff of those surfing musician’s Switchfoot’s Fading West album, film, and 47-city US tour. Good luck getting in on that one. Here’s what they’re saying about the album:
A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.
If you know someone, and you live in Southern California maybe you can get in, otherwise, follow the jump for the official word from Switchfoot. [click to continue…]
Harper wrote lyrics to “Pleasure And Pain” on Christian Hosoi’s board, and Hawk had members of The Clash write lyrics from “London Calling” on his. Photo by Jody Morris.
On December 5, 2013 Ben Harper and Tony Hawk kicked off the second annual Boards + Bands auction to benefit at-risk youth from the Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California.
The Boards + Bands initiative brings together the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps bring high quality public skateparks to underprivileged children in low-income communities. The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on one-of-a-kind skateboards from each skater. . . . “The second annual boards and bands has arrived!” said Harper. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done at the Tony Hawk Foundation—it is an honor to serve as a member of the Board. Skatepark building is community building, so please help us spread the word about this year’s auction. Thank you!”
Musician and skater match-ups include some interesting combinations like Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin “Candle In The Wind” on a Chris Cole deck; Daft Punk “Technologic” on Aaron ”Jaws” Homoki’s board; and Panda Bear “You Can Count On Me” with Andrew Reynolds. Last year the boards got pretty expensive but just click on www.BoardsAndBands.org and throw in your bid, or follow the jump for the official word from The Tony Hawk Foundation. [click to continue…]
On December 10, 2013 the band Switchfoot is releasing their first feature tour film Fade West on all the leading Video On Demand platforms in the US including X Box and Sony Playstation.
Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, Fading West follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and Executive Produced by Greenlight Media & Marketing and Switchfoot, the film was shot during their 2012 World Tour and charts the creation of the San Diego-based band’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages.
Jon and Tim Foreman get what look like some great waves all over the world and Rob Machado even shows up in the film to surf and say those things he says about how similar surfing and music are. For more info and the official word from Switchfoot, follow the jump.
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Burton Snowboards continues on their “put a rapper on it” program with a new partnership with Pharrell Williams and Bionic Yarn.
Featuring unique Peruvian-inspired designs, bright primary colors and vintage stripes, the new collection is created exclusively with BIONIC Yarn, an incredible thread that uses 40-45% recycled content and is 400% stronger than conventional yarns.
Pharrell looks pretty stoked on that jacket, doesn’t he? They’re no leather sweatpants, but we’re guessing this is just one more fashion/rap deal that will piss Kanye West off. For the official word from Burton, follow the jump.
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