We are sad to report that a third victim has died from injuries resulting from an allegedly drunk driver running into a crowd at South By Southwest in Austin, TX early Thursday morning.
Sandy Thuy Le, 26, was pronounced dead last night by doctors at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Five other victims remain hospitalized.
The suspect in this incident is Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, who is said to have fled a DUI stop with reckless abandon, driving at high speed through police barriers and into a waiting crowd before attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended by police at the scene.
SXSW is in full swing, despite last night’s tragedy, and as we move forward in one of the music industry’s biggest festivals, we’re beginning to see the first of the SXSW coverage popping up online. From performances to reviews, it’s almost enough to make those of us not there feel like we’re in the crowd. For former OurStage Artists of the Week, Vic and Gab, last night went off without a hitch as they performed their single “Let You Down.” Check out the clip right here and catch the duo on tour throughout the Midwest this March and April.
Many of us have woken up to the terrible news out of Austin, TX that a driver fleeing a DUI stop at around 12:30 a.m. local time broke through the barriers near The Mowhawk, near Red River and 10th, and plowed into a crowd waiting outside the club for one of the many official showcases of the annual South By Southwest music festival and conference. At this time, two are confirmed dead with reportedly 23 injured.
Names of victims and the driver have not been released. Police say the driver continued down the street a bit after hitting the people outside The Mowhawk and at that point struck two people on a moped, who are reportedly the two fatalities. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was hit with a stun gun and apprehended by Austin police. He faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
It’s hard to believe this could have been worse, but anyone who has been to the festival in recent years has seen how completely packed the streets can be. Only minutes before the incident, police had cleared the waiting crowd from the street onto a sidewalk.
Our thoughts are with the victims and our hearts go out to the families of those injured and killed.
Converse has a thing for musical collaborations and mashups. Many of their shoes are based on famous albums and artwork, and they’ve become well-known in recent years for their expanding Rubber Tracks recording project, which in many cases makes creative pairings of artists and producers. So it should come as no surprise that they’re once again geared up for this year’s SXSW, releasing a new collaboration from Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Diplo. The collaboration comes as part of Converse’s new Three Artists One Song series, and while this is technically four artists, one song, we’re guessing that Simonon and Jones are being counted as one for their time in The Clash. There’s even a few special guests on this one, courtesy of the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. You can check out the new song, dubbed “Hero,” below. (more…)
As if hitting one of the music industry’s largest and most talked about festivals wasn’t enough, Rachel Sage has planned a full tour around her dates at SXSW. After hitting Austin from March 12-15, Sage will make stops in New Mexico, Arizona, and California for a mini West Coast tour through the end of March. Although only West Coast dates have been announced, Sage has promised fans that East Coast and Midwest dates will follow. Keep an eye out for Sage’s full-fledged US tour date announcement, and check out current dates below. (more…)