Tequila draws ire; indie musicians make big changes

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Tila Tequila versus the Juggalos

This was the first year that the Gathering of the Juggalos, a yearly Midwestern pilgrimage for Insane Clown Posse fans, scheduled a “Ladies’ Night” — and who better to headline than MTV star Tila Tequila?

Actually, anybody, as it turned out.

Fans of the “the most hated band in the world” did not warmly receive the MySpace vixen at the event, pelting her with trash, beer cans, liquor bottles, eggs and sex toys, among other projectiles. To quell the riot, Tequila took off her top and bared her breasts to the unruly crowd, but it only antagonized them more. Security pulled her off the stage, bleeding and topless, and rushed her into a trailer, where windows were broken and insults were hurled.

Tequila is currently threatening a lawsuit and eyewitnesses are being asked to sign sworn statements. In response, Insane Clown Posse asserts that it advised Tequila not to perform despite already paying her and said her injuries “were only sustained because of her refusal to leave the stage.”

Air Waves singer on move

Nicole Schneit, front woman of Brooklyn’s Air Waves, announced Thursday that she would be leaving New York and settling down in Austin in September. Schneit and bassist Dan Bryer, who is staying in Brooklyn, will

continue to collaborate on Air Waves while searching for a replacement drummer as former drummer Jordan Bernstein is leaving to focus on other projects.

As reported to The Village Voice’s Sound of the City, Schneit is moving to Austin to be with her girlfriend of two years, Jennifer Moore of Yellow Fever, with whom she will live in a house near Barton Springs.

Schneit’s folk-inspired, honey-sweet melodies are a welcome addition to the myriad of artists in Austin and what’s to come from Air Waves may be its most exciting work yet, as the band’s second full-length album is set to drop this fall through the label Underwater Peoples.

Daytrotter and Big Orange come together

With Daytrotter’s 100,000 monthly unique visitors and tape-recorded sessions from today’s best independent artists (Wavves, Andrew Bird, Dent May and Neon Indian, to name a few), it would only make sense for the website to collaborate with Big Orange, the same studio that hosts Daytrotter sessions during South By Southwest. After all, Austin gets more music traffic than Rock Island, Ill., where Daytrotter’s sessions are currently recorded.

Studio owner Matt Oliver of TV Torso and Sam Patlove, assistant engineer for T Bird and the Breaks, will oversee the Austin arm of Daytrotter and, as reported by The Austin Chronicle, have already recorded sessions with Happy Birthday, Ty Segall, Residual Echoes and White Mystery.