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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SXSW 2013: Flaming Lips Debut Entire New Album in Austin

“We do the thing we really really want the world to see at SXSW” Wayne Coyne told a 10000-plus capacity crowd after walking onstage at the Flaming Lips’ massive Auditorium Shores gig in Austin last night “We always want the world to see something radical” Fans who expected to see…

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SXSW 2013: Surfer Blood and Jake Bugg Thrill Rolling Stone Rock Room

A week of trekking around Austin is enough to wear anyone out but Florida’s Surfer Blood – who’d been playing about SXSW since Monday – showed no signs of fatigue when they kicked off the second day of Rolling Stone’s Rock Room “We’d play all day if you want” cracked…

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SXSW 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums on the Perils and Upsides of Touring

Michael Fitzpatrick and James King of the indie-soul rockers Fitz and the Tantrums sat down in the Rolling Stone Rock Room to talk about the exhaustion of touring but also about the band bonding that comes with it “The first thing we did after three years of touring was sleep…

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SXSW 2013: Depeche Mode Debut New Songs in Austin

Brazos Hall isn’t big enough for Dave Gahan who took to the Austin club’s stage at SXSW last night and commanded a self-pinching 900-capacity crowd – including Billy Corgan Usher and Matt Sorum – like he was playing the Rose Bowl Aside from the band’s Letterman preview stream last week it…

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SXSW 2013: Shout Out Louds on Creating 'Light' in the Studio

Light was the theme of Shout Out Louds’ newest record Optica singer-guitarist Adam Olenius and bassist Ted Malmros explained at the Rolling Stone Rock Room in sunny Austin Texas “We wanted the songs to be bright and colorful” says Olenius “Light is almost a delicacy in Sweden because during winter it’s only three…

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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound on Fighting Fan Apathy

The soul six-piece JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound visited the Rolling Stone Rock Room to talk about their new LP Howl due out May 21st and weigh in on their ideal live crowd “I appreciate a crowd that is ready and open to the connection to having a good time”…

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SXSW 2013: Eric Burdon Gets Inspired by Mikhail Gorbachev

Eric Burdon who rocked SXSW with hits from his bands the Animals and War talked about his activist side and casually discussed geopolitics in the the Rolling Stone Rock Room “There’s a track on my new album called ‘Water’ I got that from my conversation from Mikhail Gorbachev and I…

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