Category Archives: INDIE MUSIC NEWS

SXSW 2013: Vampire Weekend Shine After Midnight

Vampire Weekend helped close out SXSW 2013 last night with a crowd-pleasing after-midnight set at Stubb’s BBQ It was a moment-of-truth performance for the band – their first full US show in nearly a year and their first opportunity to share several songs from their highly anticipated third album Modern…

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SXSW 2013: Free Energy on Crowd Participation

Philadelphia-basd rockers Free Energy stopped by the Rolling Stone Rock Room at SXSW to talk crowd dynamics and their approach to playing live “The energy that comes back from the crowd is pretty essential to most of the shows It’s pretty unique unlike a recording that’s there forever” said singer Paul…

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SXSW 2013: Justin Timberlake Brings Hard-Rock Energy to His Austin Set

“Cry Me A River” shouldn’t be a song you can headbang to but Justin Timberlake’s not really in the business of shouldn’ts Last night at MySpace’s SXSW headquarters in Austin pop’s reigning maestro fulfilled dreams and flipped scripts over the course of an hour-long set that found him dishing out…

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SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout's Simple Math

From Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW Gus Wenner and Scout Willis of the New York-based duo Gus + Scout talked about the self-confidence that defines their music “Sometimes I think ‘Gus + Scout is that a weird band name?’ But that’s the basis of everything that we wanted to do…

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SXSW 2013: Prince Closes Festival With Epic Concert

Prince gave fair warning last night somewhere between his second and third encores “Don’t make me hurt you – you know how many hits I have?” he asked the crowd packed into La Zona Rosa in Austin as SXSW drew to a close Enough that he didn’t get to them all…

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SXSW 2013: Jake Bugg on Success and Authenticity

When 19-year-old British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg visited Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW he talked about life after hitting Number One on the UK charts with his self-titled debut record “I was shocked I didn’t think it was gonna do that” he said “Obviously my life’s changed quite a bit with the…

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SXSW 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Rage Hard, Ring in Billy Corgan's Birthday

With so many high-profile shows competing to close out SXSW – and Prince and Justin Timberlake’s attracting the most desperate ticket-seekers – the Smashing Pumpkins’ Saturday night set at Red Bull’s Sound Select 120 Hours stage attracted many of the band’s diehard fans many of whom wouldn’t think twice about…

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SXSW 2013: Surfer Blood on Playing Songs for Timbaland

From the Rolling Stone Rock Room at SXSW singer-guitarist John Paul Pitts and guitarist Thomas Fekete of Floridian rockers Surfer Blood told of their journey from obscurity to success — or as they put it from using Dell computers to meeting Timbaland “[Surfer Blood drummer Tyler Schwarz] is really good…

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Swedish House Mafia Set It Off at Ultra Music Festival

About 20 minutes into their second-to-last show as a group Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell spoke into the mike “Thank you for joining us on our little journey” he said “Turn on your hearts turn off your brains” How apt Headlining Friday night at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival – the…

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SXSW 2013: Lord Huron's Universe and Mythology

Ben Schneider the founding member of atmospheric folk-rockers Lord Huron told Rolling Stone that he aims to create more than just a band “This project is more than just music to me It’s about crafting this whole universe with its own mythology” he said  Schneider views his band’s lush full sound as…

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