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SXSW 2009: Metallica, DJ Shadow, Kanye West and more gossip!



With only one full day of music left at SXSW, festivities are well underway.

Yesterday's main talking point was the worst kept secret of the festival – that Metallica would be performing at Stubb's, to promote the release of their Guitar Hero game. The secret leaked out on the first day of the festival's interactive conference, and a non-denial was issued by organizers.

When the music part of the conference began, Guitar Hero posters appeared confirming an 'appearance' from 'members of Metallica' Would they actually be peforming, or just in town to promote the game?

But fans needn't have worried as Metallica treated the audience to an hour and a half long set, of both old and new material.

The night was opened by LA based band The Silversun Pickups (London folk, catch them at one of their 4 London dates from April 3rd – they're very good) and closed by DJ Shadow who was doing an exclusive set, his first of 2009, prior to heading to into the studio to record his new album.

Tonight, the chatter seems firmly focused on a little known artist called Kanye West, who is reportedly performing at Levi's Fader Fort at 7pm.

Perez Hilton brings the glamour tonight at his invitation only Diva's themed party. Doors open at 7pm and those lucky enough to have grabbed a pink ticket will be treated to sets from Margaret Cho, a surprise special guest, Ladyhawke, along with Solange Knowles, Little Boots, Ida Maria and french fancy Yelle. Top stuff!

Who will you be seeing tonight?



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  • Michael

    Word on Silversun Pickups. I’ve recently been rediscovering their whole stoner rock meets early Smashing Pumpkins, especially Lazy Eye. Looking forward to the new record – did you get in to their set and hear any new tracks?