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01 Apr

Brooklyn-based rock band White Rabbits made a brief visit to SXSW last month and played the Hype Hotel. The band’s about to release their upcoming album Milk Famous and will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Our photographer Phil DeSimone caught the band live and took some great shots. Check them out below:

22 Mar

SXSW’s most buzzed about band, Alabama Shakes, played at the Hype Hotel last Thursday and put on another great show. A quick aside about the Hype Hotel, we love it there. There’s free drinks (well 2 drink tickets), free food and free music. You don’t even need an official SXSW wristband or pass. Sure you might have to wait in line for a bit but it’s worth it. Our photographer Phil DeSimone braved through the packed crowd to get some superb shots of the band. Check them out below:

22 Mar

SPIN returned to Stubb’s in Austin for their annual SXSW day party. Santigold, who has a new album out in May, headlined the party. Check out photos from her set and of Best Coast, Chairlift, Escort, Spoek Mathambo, The Big Pink below thanks to our photographer Phil DeSimone







20 Mar

SXSW is not quite right until Rachael Ray’s Feedback party arrives. If you didn’t have a badge and wanted to go to a party with all the buzz bands of the festival as well as a few artists who were only playing one show, you wanted to be at Stubb’s last Saturday. Oh, and Rachael provided all the food and booze that you could handle! Our photographer Phil DeSimone was there to get some great shots of Jimmy Cliff, GIVERS, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons performing with The Cringe and of course of Rachael! Check them out below:





16 Mar

Tomorrow, Saturday March 17th, MOG returns to the Mohawk in Austin for their annual unofficial SXSW party. This year’s lineup features The Roots, Bob Mould, Blitzen Trapper, Cloud Nothings, The War On Drugs, Howlin Rain, G-Side, K Flay and The Silent Comedy.

The event, presented by Intel, is MOG’s signature party of the year. We go every year and we’ll definitely be there tomorrow (look for some photos from the show on the site next week).

The show is free, all ages so make sure you get there early. Take a listen to the artists on this MOG playlist.

Date: Saturday, March 17th.
Location: The Mohawk. 912 Red River St. Austin, TX
Time: 12pm-6pm (Capacity is limited, show up early!)

06 Mar

Jay-Z will be performing at Austin City Limits on March 12th as part of American’s Express’s Sync Show. The event will showcase AMEX’s new Twitter experience where its card members can tweet using special offer hashtags to load offers directly to their Card and get discounts at the stores that they shop.

During the live-stream, @AmericanExpress will also unlock additional exclusive offers redeemable once Cardmembers sync. Lastly, leading up to and during the concert, JAY Z fans can tweet song requests and un-lock a digital concert poster.

The Amex Sync Show will be broadcast live at and also be available on the VEVO mobile. A special rebroadcast will be available on-demand from March 13th to March 19th at, and on Xbox LIVE.

In Austin, SXSW Interactive badge holders that are American Express Cardmembers can sync their cards with their Twitter accounts for a chance to gain access to the “Amex Sync Show Presenting JAY Z” live for themselves plus one guest that is also a SXSW registrant. The concert will also be live-streamed from a digital billboard on the corner of 6th Street and Red River in Austin.

Ticket pickup will occur at the American Express Booth at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, March 10, at 7:00 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

HASHTAG: #JayZSyncShow
Note: EXCLUSIVE JAY Z FOOTAGE will be available on the YouTube page later tonight around 8pm ET.

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2012
7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET

WHERE: Austin City Limits Live
Austin, TX 78712

MORE: @AmericanExpress; @AmexSync

06 Mar

Reptar today announced 9 live performances to take place in Austin, Texas during the annual SXSW Festival (complete schedule below). The band will release Body Faucet, their debut album produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out), on May 1st on Vagrant Records.

Previously available on , fans can now purchase the first single from the album entitled “Sebastian” at all digital retailers and on iTunes: The group also revealed a second album trailer (watch it below) for Body Faucet, featuring a snippet of the forthcoming album track “Please Don’t Kill Me”.

Building on the infectious dance-driven melodies established by the band on Oblangle Fizz Y’all, Body Faucet finds the band delving deeper into world-music influences to compliment their unique blend of danceable and electro infused pop. As put by Spin Magazine, “Their playful electro-pop channels MGMT’s debut-album psychedelic-yet-ready-for-the-masses sheen, and their rambunctious antics recall the Black Lip’s punk bravado.”

Hailing from Athens, GA, Reptar began playing music in late 2008. Since then, the boisterous quartet has gained a reputation for their riotous, must-see live show. Paste Magazine declared, “These Southern-fried electronic Afro-poppers are known for the sticky dance riots of their live shows.” Reptar likes to first and foremost make people dance, and have been likened to The Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Prince, and The Jackson 5.

In addition to the spectacle of their live show, Reptar are also known for their intimate house party performances. In true DIY spirit, the band has played countless shows in cramped living rooms and backyards around the country. Stay tuned for details on an intimate house party at SXSW…

Reptar is Graham Ulicny (Vocals, Guitar), Andrew McFarland (Drums), Ryan Engelberger (Bass), and William Kennedy (Synth, Keys).


Thursday, March 15
2:00 PM – Showdown at Cedar Street – Cedar Street Courtyard – 208 W 4th
8:00 PM – IFC Crossroads House- Vice – 302 E 6th
11:00 PM – The Deli’s Un/Off Party – The Gypsy Lounge – 1504 E 6th Street

Friday, March 16
2:00 PM – Sennheiser & Paste Present: The Stages on Sixth – Stage on 6th – 508 E 6th Street
4:15 PM – Workaholics House Party Presented By Comedy Central – 83 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 7870
11:00 PM – Frye Presents – Buffalo Billiard’s – 201 E 6th Street

Saturday, March 17
4:00 PM – Baeblemusic Presents: The Launch Pad at The Knuckle Rumbler Lounge – Peckerhead’s – 402 E 6th Street
6:00 PM – 40 Watt Club “Athens in Austin” 25th Anniversary Party – The Side Bar – 602 East 7th Street

TBD – House Party – TBD

02 Mar

SPIN Media is proud to announce the complete lineup for its annual SPIN@Stubb’s party in Austin, Texas, during the city’s spring music convention and festival. The party brings together a wide variety of artists, many of whom are featured in the newly redesigned March-April issue of SPIN magazine.

Genre-crossing, dub-pop auteur Santigold will headline in support of her forthcoming album, Master of My Make-Believe, due to be released May 1 on Downtown/Atlantic. Joining Santi on Stubb’s’ outdoor stage will be Cali surf-pop romantics Best Coast, anthemic U.K. synth-gaze duo the Big Pink, Brooklyn avant-pop tricksters Chairlift, luxurious 17-person disco retro-futurists Escort, and groundbreaking South African dance-floor icon Spoek Mathambo—promising an afternoon of high-spirited, innovative music.

Indoors, a stellar roster featuring the best of hip-hop’s New Underground movement will take the stage, headlined by Big K.R.I.T., with performances also by G-Side, Main Attrakionz, and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire.

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“2012 is a crucial, transformative year for SPIN, and we’ve already accomplished so much in just a couple of months,” says Charles Aaron, SPIN’s editorial director. “So we’re anxious to get to Austin and celebrate like never before.”

SPIN returns to the 3,000-capacity venue for the tenth consecutive year, after a long run of memorable shows, with fans packing the outdoor amphitheater to catch both established, legendary artists (from Buzzcocks to Echo and the Bunnymen to Supergrass to Hole) and next big things on their way to mega-stardom (Skrillex in 2011; Vampire Weekend in 2008; Kings of Leon in 2007; the Killers in 2004; the Black Keys in 2003).

This year, support comes from Sonos, Miller Genuine Draft, and Red Diamond Wines.

SPIN will be offering opportunities to win passes to the invite-only SPIN@Stubb’s event, for both the general public and SXSW badge holders. Follow and to get party pass information as soon as it’s announced, and go to for the most immediate and groundbreaking daily news.

08 Feb

Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated British duo The Ting Tings (Jules De Martino and Katie White) will make their highly anticipated sophomore album, Sounds From Nowheresville (Columbia Records), available in the US on March 13th. Check out their new track “Soul Killing” at AOL Spinner HERE. Additionally, first single “Hang it Up” will be available digitally on February 10th and fans can pre-order the standard and digital deluxe editions of the album in the US beginning on February 21st. Deluxe edition track listing is below. The Ting Tings will tour in support of their new collection through March and April, kicking off the run at SXSW and taking their electrifying show across the US and Canada with electro-pop artist MNDR supporting on all dates. Watch for SXSW details, and full list of announced tour dates is below.

The Ting Tings have rediscovered their sound, called upon new inspirations, and are back with revitalized energy and a fresh perspective with Sounds From Nowheresville. Paying homage to a bevy of influences, from the Beastie Boys, to Fleetwood Mac, to Pet Shop Boys, to tUnE-YarDs, the Ting Tings newest album listens as a mix tape of favorites. Featuring first single “Hang It Up”, chamber pop-synth jam “Silence” and sing-along hooks of “Guggenheim” and “Day to Day”, this collection is a natural progression for the acclaimed duo that still remains true to their signature pop sensibility and catchy rhythms. Sounds From Nowheresville is the perfect follow up to 2008’s smash success, We Started Nothing which featured hit singles “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go”.

Sounds From Nowheresville Deluxe Edition track listing (digital only):
Bolded tracks are exclusive to the deluxe edition

1. Silence
2. Hit Me Down Sonny
3. Hang It Up
4. Give It Back
5. Guggenheim
6. Soul Killing
7. One By One
8. Day To Day
9. Help
10. In Your Life
11. Silence (Bag Raiders Remix)
12. Hang It Up (Inertia Remix)
13. Give It Back (Demo)
14. Hang It Up (Abacus & Vargas `Predator’ Remix) GBARL1101528
15. Hands
16. Guggenheim (Got It Right Mix)
17. Hang It Up (Shook Remix)
18. Ain’t Got Shit
19. Hang It Up (CKB Remix)

The Ting Tings Spring Tour Dates:
MNDR supporting on all dates (except SXSW)

March 13-18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse Music Venue
March 21 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
March 22 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
March 23 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 25 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
March 26 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
March 27 Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore ballroom
March 28 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at the Market
March 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
March 31 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 2 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 3 Chicago, IL @ Park West
April 5 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
April 6 Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 7 Montreal, QC @ Le National
April 9 Boston, MA @ Paradise
April 10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 11 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 13 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
April 14 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 16 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
April 17 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Soundstage
April 18 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 20 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
April 21 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

15 Mar

If you’ve been going to shows in New York City, you KNOW Robbers on High Street. The indie rock sextet has been selling out venues throughout the city and is ready to release their highly anticipated forthcoming album Hey There Golden Hair. First, they visit Austin for SXSW. Frontman Ben Trokan took a few minutes to answer some of our questions. Enjoy them below:

Robbers on High Street has been performing publicly for almost 10 years now. How do you think you have evolved through out the decade? What’s something the 2001 version of yourself would tell the 2011 version?

Ben: It’ll be 10 years next year. That’s nuts, I never thought about that. You think we’d have some more records out. To me it feels more like 2 different bands, the band as we were before we released Grand Animals in ’07 and the one after. It’s a better band now and it’s definitely a lot more fun.

As far as 2001 Ben, he really wouldn’t have shit to say. If anything I’d rather have 2011 Ben tell 2001 Ben stuff like don’t eat that tuna sandwich in the green room at Carson Daly, buy that van from Major World in Queens even though the salesman will slap you on the ass, and say no to that Beatles festival in Louisville unless you want to have an olfactory sensation of smoked turkey leg every time you hear “Anytime At All.”

Your new album Hey There Golden Hair is your first full length since 2007. How did you prepare differently for this record?

Ben: The preparation was about the same, I’d make demos and we’d practice them live, but the recording process was different. We bought a 16 track and stayed on tape the whole time which has some great limitations to work with and you get some interesting end results – mono drums, four dudes singing back ups around one mic, etc. And mixing was literally very hands on, it was like a performance in itself which is so much nicer than a bunch of dudes sitting around one guy on a computer.

Your songs have been featured on several different movie soundtracks. If someone were to make a movie about the band, who would you want on your soundtrack?

Ben: Is this a cleverly disguised what are your influences question?
Grassroots, Flop, The Action, Buzzcocks, Pretty Things, Kinks, 20/20s, Music Machine, ELO, Five Day Week Straw People, Thin Lizzy, The Eyes.

At SXSW, every band plays tons of showcases, some that even have a wild mix of different genres. If you were to put on your own SXSW, who would you want to play it?

Ben: Charles Bradley, Dungen, The Bees and I’d go big too. Get some ridiculous sponsor money and try and work out a Jam reunion. C’mon guys get over yourselves and do it already!

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Catch Robbers on High Street at SXSW:

Wed Mar 16: Official SXSW Showcase @ Momo’s 11PM

Thurs Mar 17: Trumer Pills Afternoon Social @ Klub Krucial 12:45PM

Thurs Mar 17: .MUSIC Presents Texas Tornado Showcase @ Rusty Spurs 2:30PM

Fri Mar 18: Come To Mecca Party @ ROIAL Midnight