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News Roundup: Rihanna And Chris Brown's Single Leaks, Dave Grohl Will Be...

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Dave Grohl
Last week we heard news that some activists in Sweden were plastering pictures with Rihanna's beatup face all around Stockholm. Their goal was to prevent Chris Brown from performing in their town. This week, Rihanna and Chris Brown's newest single, titled "Nobody's Business" (of course!) leaked online. We wonder how those activists feel about the track, which we have for you down...

VOTD: Arcade Fire, Tom Morello And More Join Bruce Springsteen To Perform...

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Bruce Springsteen
Here’s how you know you’re missing out by skipping the South By SouthWest festival this year—on Thursday night, not only did you miss a nearly three hour Bruce Springsteen show, you missed a three hour Bruce Springsteen show that features Arcade Fire, Tom Morello, Alejandro Escovedo, the Low Anthem, Eric Burdon of the Animals, and more joining together to perform...

SXSW 2012: Fiona Apple Drops New Tunes, Springsteen Plays A Surprise Set,...

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As is the case every March, Austin, Texas, has become the center of the musical universe for one week, as the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival attracts thousands of bands, bloggers, and industry bigwigs for several days of debauchery and tunes.  And, as is the case every year, the ostensibly “indie” fest has thus far been more notable for the established artists who show up for surprise...

Billy Corgan Calls Young Artists 'Posers' At SXSW

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan thinks today's young artists are a bunch of 'posers'. Yesterday, during a one-on-one interview at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas, Corgan went on about the music business, saying it have been impossible for him to break into today's record industry without setting himself on fire on YouTube.

Lana Del Rey Performs At Amoeba, Cancels SXSW

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Last night, internet sensation Lana Del Rey held a concert for her fans at the famous Los Angeles record store, Amoeba. Despite only singing a handful of songs, fans went crazy over Del Rey, yelling things like 'I Love You' and 'Marry Me'. Check below for a live performance of "Video Games." UPDATE: According to Pitchfork, Del Rey hasn't...

SXSW Live EPs Released On iTunes

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SXSW Live EPs Released On iTunes
Whether or not you made the trek to South By Southwest (SXSW), you now have the opportunity to enjoy some of the very good music featured at the festival via the new iTunes Live: SXSW EP’s. SXSW has announced the official digital release of 20 short albums recorded, mixed, and mastered on the ground in Austin last week during the festival. The...

mtvU Woodie Awards To Broadcast Live From SXSW 2011

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mtvU Woodie Awards To Broadcast Live From SXSW 2011
For the first time, the mtvU Woodie Awards will be picking up their gear in New York City and carrying it to set up and broadcast the show in Austin, Texas. A big factor in this decision is SXSW's upcoming 25th anniversary as one of the most successful and helpful indie music festivals in the nation.  The show which has honored acts such as Gnarls Barkley,...

Hole Reveals Cover Art and Tracklist For Nobody's Daughter

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Hole Reveals Cover Art and Tracklist For Nobody's Daughter
Hole's leading lady, Courtney Love, has had her ups and down throughout life with one of them being estranged from her own daughter, Frances Bean. However, she's been busy with of plenty of other tasks to keep her mind off of her woes. Although 1998's Celebrity Skin had some catchy mainstream tunes such as the title track, it didn't receive much critical acclaim. Yet...

SXSW Draws Record Attendance Numbers

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Despite a decrease in attendance in the recession-riddled 2009, this year’s South By Southwest music and film festival in Austin, TX is being touted as a complete success – if only for the fact that it drew record numbers in 2010.  According to Reuters, “a record 13,022 music industry professionals registered” to attend the fest (along with an estimated 100,000 other music fans),...

SXSW Day 3: Battlehooch, An Horse, Suckers, Groove Session...

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SXSW 2010 - Groove Session
On day 3 of the SXSW Music Festival, Austin, TX is exploding with people. Walking down 6th street can take ages while trying to navigate the bustling crowd. My Friday afternoon started out with The Golden Filter, a band that shows a lot of promise based on their presence in the blogosphere. Penelope Trappes has got one wicked voice and the recent addition of a...

SXSW Day 3: Leslie and The Badgers, Uffie, The Ruby Suns, Freddie Gibbs,...

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SXSW Day 3: Leslie and The Badgers, Uffie, The Ruby Suns, Freddie Gibbs, Broken Social Scene
By day 3 of SXSW, my fellow colleagues and the festival goers surrounding us were all complaining about lower back pain, feet on fire, and legs feeling like they were about to fall off. However, that didn't stop us from going to see some great shows for the day and well into the night. Friday was a bit chillier than the last two days, but the Austin sunshine was still there...

SXSW 2010: Photos of Freelance Whales

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SXSW 2010 Freelance Whales
Freelance Whales were a popular act at this years SXSW festival, they played a number of parties during the week including the French Kiss Records party which is where I caught them. The outfit from Queens, New York kicked off the party by opening for the likes of Local Natives, An Horse, Suckers, and Les Savy...

SXSW 2010: Photos of Suckers

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The very last band I saw at the French Kiss Records party was Suckers, a foursome out of Brooklyn, New York. Of all the bands I saw while in Austin for SXSW, Suckers was easily the most surprising. I went into the show having never heard of the band before which left my ears a blank canvas for the sonic goodness that the band had to offer. Their music lies somewhere in the ether...

SXSW Highlight: Broken Social Scene

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SXSW Highlight: Broken Social Scene
When there are so many indie bands playing at a great festival such as SXSW, it's hard not to feel guilty when you're not checking out all the new ones. However, seeing a band such as Broken Social is an exception. So, I headed over to The Parish again and just as expected... There was a line just as  It was a free show for only badges and wristbands and I finally decided to take advantage...

SXSW Highlight: The Ruby Suns

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SXSW Highlight: The Ruby Suns
After hearing the nonsense that was Uffie, I went over to I Guess I’m Floating’s day party over at Love Joy’s for The Ruby Suns. The line was a bit long though, and I was afraid I was going to miss their set. However, after I settled in with a beer, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they had not even gone on yet. The Ruby Suns, another band...

SXSW Highlight: Uffie

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SXSW Highlight: Uffie
After a set by Leslie and The Badgers at Trailer Fire Records' party, I quickly hopped over to the The Hype Machine’s day party (which went on every day from 12 pm to 2 am – talk about commitment!) over at the dance club, VICE. After seeing Fenech-Soler the night before (See Day 2), I was curious to see if there were any new fun bands I could discover. I walked in because I saw New...

SXSW Highlight: Leslie and The Badgers

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SXSW Highlight: Leslie and The Badgers
By day 3 of SXSW, my fellow colleagues and the festival goers surrounding us were all complaining about lower back pain, feet on fire, and legs feeling like they were about to fall off. However, that didn’t stop us from going to see some great shows for the day and well into the night. Friday was a bit chillier than the last two days, but the Austin sunshine was still...

SXSW Day 2: Crystal Method, Admiral Radley, Challenger...

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SXSW 2010 - Crystal Method
Day two of the SXSW festival didn't start until about 3pm for me thanks to a late night taco spot and plenty of free drinks to go around. I caught the tail end of The Low Anthem at the Paste party before moving outside to see Black Prairie. Next up was Crystal Fighters who put on one hell of an energetic show. More on that interesting...

SXSW Highlight: Fenech-Soler

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SXSW Highlight: Fenech-Soler
To cap off the night of SXSW Day 2 around 12:45 AM, I popped into the club Vice where The Hype Machine was holding their daily/nightly "Lose Control 2" party. The club was crazy as expected; they had everything from DJs to strobing lights to people dancing for a crowd. It was a nice environment to let loose in after a long day. Just as I thought I was going to dance the night away to some...

SXSW Highlight: The Rocketboys, Generationals

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SXSW Highlight: The Rocketboys
With my satisfaction at getting in touch with the singer-songwriter scene again, I decided to go out and explore in celebration. It didn't take me long to find another showcase. I just hopped across the street to Maggie Mae's and stayed because I saw The Rocketboys on the set list. With the grace of my wristband, I was lucky enough to up go upstairs and see these guys...