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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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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SXSW 2013: Lord Huron 'Will Be Back'

Indie-folk purveyors Lord Huron performed many songs from last year’s Lonesome Dreams during their set at Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW Their cut “I Will Be Back One Day” which mentions being “way out west” has country music vibes that felt right at home in Austin Check out a video of…

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SXSW 2013: Free Energy's Rallying Cry

Free Energy brought their straightforward catchy rock music to amp up the crowd at Rolling Stone’s Rock Room The band tore through their eponymous battle cry “Free Energy” a song off of 2010’s Stuck On Nothing a track that opens with a cowbell and doesn’t let up Check out Free Energy’s…

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Hear Readers' Favorite U2 Songs

In honor of St Patrick’s Day listen to our readers’ picks of favorite songs by a little band from Dublin Ireland called U2

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SXSW 2013: Free Energy Reach That Itch With 'Backscratcher'

Philadelphia five-piece Free Energy brought their fast-paced live show to Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW “I feel something coming on!” frontman Paul Sprangers shouted before the band launched into “Backscratcher” a track off of Love Sign the band’s latest record  Watch the performance above

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