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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 »

So you’re in a band. Let’s say there’s three of you: gives you a good fullness-of-sound to van-space ratio. Who else has to be in your camp? A producer, yeah. An engineer, totally. Roadies … one day. Someone’s got to take pictures and design the album, but that’s why you have a boyfriend with a… More »

Guess what? We went to SXSW 2012. Without further introduction, here are our SXSW superlatives for 2012:… More »

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SXSW 2016 Announces Another 215 Artists

SXSW is basically just one long, cold winter away, and the festival has just announced the second round of artists who will be converging on…
Peter Helman | November 17, 2015 - 10:57 am

Rashad Owens Found Guilty Of Capital Murder In SXSW Crash

During last year's SXSW, Rashad Owens, attempting to escape from police, drove his car into a crowd of people outside Austin venue the Mohawk. The…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Testimony Begins In SXSW Murder Trial

During last year's SXSW, Rashad Owens, over the legal alcohol limit and attempting to escape from the police who were trying to pull him over,…
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2015 - 9:39 am

SXSW Reveals Initial 2016 Lineup

Yep, that's right, it's already time to start thinking about SXSW again. The musical portion of the festival is coming to Austin next year from…
Peter Helman | October 20, 2015 - 10:56 am

Watch Britt Daniel, Will Butler, Mac McCaughan, & More Talk Songwriting In SXSW Panel

At SXSW back in March, Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, and Marshall Crenshaw all participated in…
James Rettig | September 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm

A$AP Rocky Got LSD From Makonnen At SXSW, Then Had Three Orgies

Ah, the life of a celebrity. In a new interview with New York Post A$AP Rocky recounted his SXSW experience, which involved Makonnen, acid, and…
James Rettig | May 24, 2015 - 10:40 am

Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Yearbook

Congratulations to the SXSW Class Of 2015! We are honored that you could join us at Stereogum x Exploding In Sound's Austin Invasion this year,…
James Rettig & Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 24, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Good Thing Makthaverskan Made It To SXSW Because They Were Awesome

After undergoing a series of unforeseeable visa issues that brought their long-awaited debut US tour to a standstill, Sweden's Makthaverskan finally made it to SXSW.
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 23, 2015 - 11:55 am

Mitski Silences The Rain At SXSW

SXSW is exhausting. If you throw yourself into it, by the end of the week your feet hurt, your ears are ringing, and you probably…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 23, 2015 - 10:57 am

Shura Take Their Dancefloor Synthpop To Church At SXSW

It's easy to get lost in Shura's '80s-channeling doe-eyed pop without realizing how sad the songs are. The British trio is fronted by Alexandra Denton…
Caitlin White | March 21, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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

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…
Stereogum | March 21, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Tobias Jesso Jr. Taught Piano Lessons At SXSW

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…
Chris DeVille | March 20, 2015 - 6:03 pm

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

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…
James Rettig | March 20, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Vince Staples + Migos Struggle To Connect At SXSW

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…
Caitlin White | March 20, 2015 - 11:47 am

Action Bronson Debuts Mr. Wonderful, Serves Lunch At SXSW

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…
Chris DeVille | March 19, 2015 - 8:07 pm

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

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…
James Rettig | March 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm

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

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…
Peter Helman | March 19, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife Prospers At SXSW

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…
Caitlin White | March 19, 2015 - 12:24 pm
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