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Photos From Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015

By Stereogum / March 21, 2015 - 2:18 pm
Yesterday, we threw a 14-hour unofficial SXSW showcase at Austin's Hole In The Wall alongside the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston label Exploding In Sound Records. Thirty-one bands played two stages, from established names like Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Pity Sex to breakthrough acts like Wand, Girlpool, Dirty Dishes, and Krill. New Orleans' Caddywhompus kicked… More »


Tobias Jesso Jr. Taught Piano Lessons At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 20, 2015 - 6:03 pm
Last week Tobias Jesso Jr. shared sheet music for "Just A Dream," the first song he ever wrote on piano. It was an unusual move for a modern musician, but it turns out there was good reason for it: For one of Tumblr's IRL events at SXSW Friday afternoon, Jesso taught a roomful of fa… More »


PC Music And Kero Kero Bonito Make Their Spectacular U.S. Debuts At SXSW

By James Rettig / March 20, 2015 - 1:20 pm
The internet is a weird place. I was a little nervous to see how acts like Kero Kero Bonito and all of the PC Music people would translate live because they were born and bred online, and everything they do is so thoroughly ingrained in online culture. At first, it was a little awkward seeing… More »


Vince Staples + Migos Struggle To Connect At SXSW

By Caitlin White / March 20, 2015 - 11:47 am
In a year for hip-hop that's this stacked, Migos need to be completely on top of their shit. And they aren't. The Atlanta trio have had a surefire string of mixtapes, sure. And there's absolutely no denying that the rapid-fire Migos flow has changed the way we think about the possibilities of how quick a… More »


Action Bronson Debuts Mr. Wonderful, Serves Lunch At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 8:07 pm
Action Bronson takes a classicist, no-bullshit approach to hip-hop -- verbal wizardry over rock-solid beats with minimal gimmicks -- but the man understands how to create a spectacle around his music. Consider the fanfare surrounding Bronson's new album Mr. Wonderful Thursday at SXSW:… More »


Shamir And Courtney Barnett Have Their Coronation At NPR’s SXSW Showcase

By James Rettig / March 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Shamir and Courtney Barnett have a lot more in common than you might think on first glance. Their careers seem to be following pretty much the same trajectory: Both built their buzz off of EPs -- Northtown for Shamir, A Sea Of Split Peas for Barnett -- and both of them have one breakout single… More »


Arcade Fire And Paul Krugman Discuss Selling Out And The Future Of The Music Business At SXSW

By Peter Helman / March 19, 2015 - 6:12 pm
Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire and economist/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman headlined a panel discussion at SXSW today on the "celebrity economy in music" and how artists in the future will make a living. Moderated by Grantland's Rembert Browne, who ironically claimed that he "failed economics," the panel also included Nielsen's Tatiana… More »


The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm
It's gotten to where you can't read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt -- a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned rising country star -- makes the connection explicit, morphing his own melancholy bro-country chestnut "Single For The Summer" into a cover of Drake's drunk-dial lament "Marvins Room" during live shows. More »


Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife Prospers At SXSW

By Caitlin White / March 19, 2015 - 12:24 pm
There's something to be said for hedonism, for unabashedly glorying in your own desires, for recklessly pursuing the present. In a moment when rap has turned its face toward the social justice issues that plague society, Rae Sremmurd are looking squarely in the mirror. And they like what they see. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee… More »


Viet Cong Played With A One-Armed Drummer At SXSW, Still Kicked Ass

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 19, 2015 - 11:35 am
Viet Cong's self-titled debut is the kind of album that makes references to certain musical epochs without confining itself to their particular genre conventions. The jangling sounds of a 12-string guitar easily lend themselves to psych sensibilities, but all of that meticulous melody is counteracted by hardened synths and a vacuum-sealed rhythm section, making Viet… More »


Vic Mensa Submits His Application For Superstardom At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Vic Mensa's 2013 mixtape Innanetape was the kind of project that creeps up on you, gradually ingratiating itself over days and weeks. In the 17 months since, Mensa has kept gradually but unmistakably building a head of steam, showing he's every bit as fascinating as fellow Chicago upstart and longtime collaborator Chance The Rapper and… More »


Natalie Prass Embraces Her Rock Roots In SXSW Debut

By James Rettig / March 18, 2015 - 12:19 pm
Natalie Prass' SXSW debut was absolutely packed. She was squeezed onto the inside stage at Austin's Cheer Up Charlie's late Tuesday night, and it became readily apparent that it was much too small a space for an artist who has picked up as many fans as she has over the past few months. But eve… More »


5 Ideas For Your Next Tattoo Of Thom Yorke’s Face

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 12, 2015 - 3:59 pm
Unlike Radiohead albums, it's not really fair for me to rank band-inspired tattoos from worst to best. At the end of the day, that's someone's art and another person's flesh that I'm critiquing, and this isn't the right platform for it. Who am I to declare this misspelled Hail To The Thief chest piece... More »


Viet Cong Address Name Controversy At Portland Show

By Stereogum / March 4, 2015 - 1:02 pm
Last night Canadian post-punkers Viet Cong played their first concert since the announcement that Oberlin College cancelled a forthcoming show by the band due to its name. The controversy was addressed a few times during the set at Portland's Mississippi Studios when Viet Cong reiterated previous sentiments that they're not aiming to offend people, they… More »


Beck Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / February 19, 2015 - 1:07 pm
As you might've heard, Beck won a Grammy for Album Of The Year about a week and a half ago, for his early 2014 release Morning Phase. I don't know if your Twitter feed looked anything like mine, but let's say people were less than supportive of this decision -- because, of course, Beck beat… More »


Ben Folds Partners With US Ambassador To Strengthen Cultural Ties With Ireland

By Caitlin White / February 17, 2015 - 6:19 pm
Ben Folds is the epitome of a musician aging gracefully. Even if I haven't played Rockin' The Suburbs since way back during my awkward, angsty high school years, there are few albums that helped me more when it came to surviving small town trials and tribulations. Folds' songwriting had a grace and sort of a… More »


The Fall Albums From Worst To Best

By Robert Ham / February 12, 2015 - 1:06 pm
"If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall." So sayeth Mark E. Smith (MES), the mercurial, irascible, and incredible leader of the legendary post-punk band. It's a quote that gets thrown around often in response to the parade of musicians (upwards of 60 by my rough count) that were hired and fired,… More »


10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s

By Cory D. Byrom / February 11, 2015 - 10:12 am
There was a time when being a star meant getting away with whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Tales of trashing hotel rooms just for fun, drinking, smoking, and snorting everything in sight, lines of groupies waiting outside tour busses, and even, in some unfortunate cases, taking part in sexual activities that are at best… More »


Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm
Hey, it's over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn't win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »


Sleater-Kinney Played Their First Show In 9 Years Last Night

By Stereogum / February 9, 2015 - 9:20 am
While most of the world was struggling through an uneventful and inoffensive Grammys ceremony, a lucky few got to witness Sleater-Kinney take the stage for the first time in nine years last night to perform a full headlining show. The band went back to its roots, opening up its No Cities To Love tour at… More »


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