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

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

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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 19, 2015 - 11:35 am

Watch Hannibal Buress Play Drums For Speedy Ortiz At SXSW

Presumably for the hell of it, the great stand-up comic and Broad City star Hannibal Buress, currently enjoying the festivities at SXSW, said on Twitter…
Tom Breihan | March 18, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Vic Mensa Submits His Application For Superstardom At SXSW

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…
Chris DeVille | March 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Watch Jimmy Kimmel Get SXSW Attendees To Rave About Vlad & The Putins, Cheez Wiz Khalifa, DJ Cialis, & Other Made-Up Acts

Every music festival emits an unnecessary air of pretension, but SXSW is probably the least easily mocked. No one's walking around in a bikini and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 18, 2015 - 1:07 pm
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