SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout Look Down the 'Barrel of the Highway'

On “Barrel of the Highway” New York-based duo Gus + Scout take a rootsy look at growing up and moving on In their performance at the Rolling Stone Rock Room the pair explore a range of vocal dynamics moving between raging howls and delicate harmonies  Check out a video of their performance…

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SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout Perform 'Gone, Gone, Gone'

Gus Wenner and Scout Willis of New York-based Gus + Scout took the stage at Rolling Stone’s Rock Room on Saturday night to perform their song “Gone Gone Gone” In the lead track off their self-titled EP which was released last August the duo trade lines on this bluesy tale…

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SXSW 2013: Jake Bugg Performs 'Love Me The Way You Do'

“Obviously I’m not from Kentucky” Jake Bugg admitted referring to his first song as he moved into his second at Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW Although he hails from Nottingham England the 19-year-old singer comfortably channels an American idiom for this tune of country yearning “Love Me The Way…

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SXSW 2013: Jake Bugg Ventures to 'Kentucky'

Jake Bugg opened his Rolling Stone Rock Room set on Saturday night with the country-folk twang of “Kentucky” The 19-year old Nottingham England native’s self-titled debut album will be hitting the US on April 9th  Check out a video of Bugg’s performance above

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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