For most of Wednesday, NPR Music's team in Austin, Texas had our eyes on the stage at Stubb's BBQ, where we presented our SXSW showcase featuring sets by Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy. But near the end of the night, we started hearing news of a terrible accident involving dozens of people outside another venue.
At about 12:30 a.m., two people were killed and 23 others injured after a suspected drunk driver, now in police custody, drove a car through barricades on Red River Street in Austin and and struck pedestrians near The Mohawk. You can read more about the incident at NPR News and at KUT, NPR's member station in Austin, where they're updating the story as it develops.
It's difficult to turn back to music after hearing about awful news like this. You can hear a little bit about how the whole night felt to the All Songs Considered team by listening to the podcast in the audio player on this page. As our own Ann Powers puts it, "In the midst of this joy, you never know what's going to happen, and that's why the joy is all that more precious."
We'll have more coverage from SXSW all week on NPR Music.