SXSW Music: Picturing the Riot at Death From Above 1979

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Published March 21, 2011

It takes a lot to beat Kanye West’s star-studded VEVO show as a South by Southwest trending topic, but Death From Above 1979 did just that on Saturday night when they played a surprise reunion set (their first since breaking up five years ago) in the backyard at Beauty Bar. It was packed to the barrier, and when fans broke down fences to get in, mounted riot police arrived and corralled rowdy concertgoers, resorting to pepper spray when necessary, and eventually storming the stage. We were there, and got photos of the unforgettable show—and its aftermath.