I’ve been asked a bunch of times since I’ve returned from Austin what my favorite set of the week was, and I’m pretty sure it was Kate Nash’s Filter Courtyard finale that entertained me the most. I’ve never seen her live before, and she struck me as charming, smart, and very talented. And to top […]

The Big Sleep? A Place To Bury Strangers? Black Angels? Rogue Wave? Helio Sequence? For free? And free beer? And free Dewars? Yes, please. The Black Angels – Young Men Dead mp3 The Big Sleep – Bad Blood mp3The Big Sleep – Pinkies mp3

If you’re planning on being in Austin next week and want to find the cool kids from NYC, swing by one of the shindigs our pals at After The Jump are throwing: Cloud Cult – “Take Your Medicine” mp3 Neimo – “Hot Girl” mp3 These United States – “First Sight” mp3

I’ve heard some cool stuff about Vancouver’s The Choir Practice, whose label bio suggests they “recall the beautiful harmonies of ’60s Psych-folk sensations The Free Design combined with the unique song presentation of The Langley Schools Music Project”. What’s not to like about that description? So naturally I was chuffed to find out they are […]

NPR Music will be webcasting four complete concert line-ups from South by Southwest next week. The concerts, featuring 20 bands, will be webcast live on npr.org/music and broadcast live on KUT, KEXP, The Current, WFUV, and WXPN. All concerts will be recorded and archived. Here’s the full line-up of NPR shows: All Times ET/CT and […]

This year there are more excellent non-official SXSW parties than ever before. Unless you intend to hit a seminar or panel, or schmooze on the Trade Floor, you really can almost see every decent band down there gratis during the day. Here’s a few free shows we’re shooting to hit: Yeah, you read right, The […]

In a convergence of two of the best entities in the New Jersey music scene, Nicole Atkins played a great acoustic set at one of the world’s best music stores, Vintage Vinyl of Fords last month, and the whole thing was shot with multiple angles and can be streamed courtesy of YeboTV: I know I’ve […]

Great news about our fave PB&J member: From the press release: On April 8, 2008, Quarterstick Records will release the highlyanticipated solo album from Peter Morén, the lead singer of Swedish indie megastars Peter Bjorn and John. The Last Tycoon may be Peter’s first solo album, but it has beenseveral years in the making. Throughout […]

I’m lucky enough that my job will take me to SXSW again this year, and now that the flights and rooms are all booked, I thought I’d poke around the Internets to see what the band rumors look like two months out. Austinist and Done Waiting usually do pretty good jobs of keeping track of […]

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Despite the fact that SXSW is almost exclusively about discovering new bands, there were a few old-school artists down there showing the whipper-snappers how it should be done…case in point were the mighty Buzzcocks. In existence since 1975, these oldsters quite literally showed up at the Snocap Tent Party, plugged in, and ripped through an […]