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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, and we hope that you cherish the memories we made together. Because you're all so great, we've put together a little yearbook-style recap of the event, and bestowed upon you… More »

By: 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 recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald's showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: 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. The band appeared at venues all around Austin, but most of our staff caught them at Run For Cover's stacked showcase on Saturday night. More »

By: 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 contracted a cold. But if it's tiring for industry people to be at SXSW, then being a musician at the week-long festival is downright hellish. You traipse from showcase to… More »

By: 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 -- who also writes most of their lyrics -- and it wasn't until I was sitting in a pew at Austin's Central Presbyterian Church that the undertow of brokenness really… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 create a spectacle around his music. Consider the fanfare surrounding Bronson's new album Mr. Wonderful Thursday at SXSW:… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015 - 6:12 pm

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

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 1:58 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 that he'd like to drum for a band. He was careful to note that he does not actually play drums. Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis took him up on the… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 furry boots (and if they are, I haven't seen them), and for the most part, Austin is crawling with industry folks, which makes Jimmy Kimmel punking attendees all the more… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 18, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Natalie Prass Embraces Her Rock Roots In SXSW Debut

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 »

By: James Rettig / March 18, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Run The Jewels Attacked Onstage At SXSW

During a performance at South By Southwest's Spotify House on Monday, Run The Jewels were attacked by someone from the audience. In video taken at the event, it looks like the person in question walks up onto the stage and attempts to punch one of them, but is intercepted and chased off the stage by… More »

By: James Rettig / March 16, 2015 - 9:56 pm
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