SXSW Music — DAY 3


Zachary Strain

Rapper MGK performs at the mtvU Woodie Awards Thursday afternoon.

Elijah Watson

It's not uncommon to find the third day of SXSW overwhelming. Where Tuesday and Wednesday saw an array of acts getting acquainted with the Texas vibe, by Thursday those groups are all ready to go, playing an assortment of shows jam-packed into one day.

Hardcore punk group Trash Talk had the best performance of the day, playing alongside Cloud Nothings, Cities Aviv and Danny Brown at the Pitchfork Day Party. Trash Talk, a group notorious for their catastrophic performances, did not disappoint. With feedback bleeding through the speakers and waves of distortion swallowing the inside stage of the Mohawk, Trash Talk went right into their set. It was amazingly gruesome; bodies by the dozen were hitting the floor, and maniacal frontman Lee Spielman had no problem guiding his flock into absolute madness.

"Everybody run around me," said Spielman as he sat down in the middle of the circle pit, as if channeling their energy for his own use. "I want people to jump off the speakers, stage, soundboard; anything," said Spielman before Trash Talk ended. Fans took those words to heart; no one was safe from the bodies diving in mid air.

Aside from the enjoyable chaos that ensued at the Mohawk, most of the events were much more tame. The mtvU Woodie Awards featured performances from Santigold, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller and Steve Aoki. A$AP Rocky performed earlier in the day; the "Pretty Mothafucka" had fans energized for the rest of the day's performances, stage-diving during his set. Steve Aoki's show finished things off; the electronic artist brought out Lil' Jon and Chidera Anamege from Chiddy Bang to hype the crowd up.

The night served as a special moment for artists Mac Miller, Best Coast and Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), who all received a Woodie Award. Rapper MGK, who won this year's Breaking Woodie Award, was excited about his winning. "Dreams do come true," said MGK. "MGK is a very on the edge type of artist, and people either love me or hate me. So it was definitely surprising."