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Music Festivals: They Ain’t What They Used to Be

In case you hadn’t heard—it’s music festival season again. SXSW in Austin just wrapped last week, and next month launches two weekends’ worth of Coachella in the California desert.  What’s more, it seems music festivals are big business these days; more of ‘em seem to be popping up around the world each day (and selling out faster than ever), and summer tours by up-and-coming and mainstream bands alike seem to […]


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Two Dead, 23 Injured in Hit-and-Run at SXSW

Shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, during a routine DWI check set up by Austin Police, a suspected drunk driver broke ranks, wove through traffic, drove at high speeds the wrong way down a one-way street to avoid pursuit, broke through a police barricade and plowed into a large number of pedestrians who were exiting a music venue as part of the South-By-Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Two minutes later, two […]


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Missing SXSW? Stream (Some) Live Performances on VEVO

South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s world-renowned “indie” music/film/interactive festival, is growing larger and more dominant every year. While the music portion of the festival has been drawing hundreds of indie bands (and a few bigger acts) every year, this year’s debut iTunes Music Festival at SXSW is putting the event squarely in the mainstream spotlight, with scheduled shows from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Soundgarden and Coldplay, among many […]


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Music News Week In Review (Mar. 16 Edition)

Another week has come and gone, and there’s bound to be a few music news headlines you’ve missed. So for your Saturday morning, coffee-drinking, reading pleasure, here are a few stray news items to help bring you up to speed.   LIL WAYNE IS NEAR DEATH…WAIT. WHAT? To be sure, it’s no joking matter—the fact is, Lil Wayne had another seizure yesterday, and was hospitalized for it in Los Angeles. […]


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Watch David Grohl Deliver SXSW 2013 Keynote Address

For a guy whose band has been (sort of) on hiatus, Dave Grohl has been in the news a lot lately—from his consistent outspoken-ness in favor of old-school analog recording, to his recent quasi-Nirvana reunion (with Paul McCartney) at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, to his indie documentary “Sound City”, for which he assembled an all-star soundtrack and now-touring supergroup Sound City Players. And now, he follows in the […]


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SXSW Gets Underway This Week In Austin

Announcements are made; pre-party shows are finishing up; hundreds of bands are now piling into hundreds of vans to make the annual trek to SXSW 2013 in Austin. The film and interactive sections of the festival are already underway, but come March 12 the local venues will begin filling with bands and fans flocking to enjoy one of the world’s biggest celebrations of indie music. The number of bands performing […]


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SXSW 2013 Band Lineup Confirmed

Over 2000 bands, from all over the world, playing in the same town over several days. That should be enough to get the attention of any music aficionado. Now in its 27th year, SXSW (South By Southwest), arguably the largest annual indie festival on the planet, is now just a month away. Taking place in Austin, Texas, between March 8-17, SXSW 2013 promises to draw crowds in the hundreds of […]