DIIV and Foxygen: SXSW Meltdowns and Rants

SXSW is more interesting than usual this year. First there was this fantastic rant by DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith:

“Hi Austin. Fuck SXSW. There… I said it.

Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The ‘music’ element is all a front, it’s the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a glorified corporate networking party. Drunk corporate goons and other industry vampires and cocaine. Everyone is drunk, being cool. ‘Official’ bureaucracy and all their mindless rules. Branding, branding, branding. It’s bullshit… sorry.”

And now the lead singer of Foxygen is having his turn. After announcing to the crowd that he was exhausted and that his voice was shot, a few people in the crowd began heckling him. Then this happened:

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Foxygen – “San Francisco”

Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is out on January 22.