sxsw 2017

Vagabon Is Just Getting Started

There are no elaborate pretenses to Vagabon's music. Laetitia Tamko's technique begins with her own memories and vulnerabilities, which she pours into powerfully understated songs that feel…
Anna Gaca / March 22, 2017

SXSW 2017 Gallery: SPIN Portraits with Danny Brown, Kelela, Mastodon, Lil Yachty, and More

For five days and nights at SXSW 2017, SPIN, VIBE and Stereogum hosted the Mazda Studio at Empire, featuring dozens of stand-out performances from established…
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2017

Beach Slang Aren’t Rushing Things After a Rough 2016

Although the angst-ridden alt-rock of the early '90s was very much of a time—like the movie Singles—Beach Slang's music feels current despite borrowing from that lineage.
Brian Josephs / March 20, 2017

Diet Cig Talk Growing Up and Making Swear I’m Good at This

Diet Cig is the irreverent but hopelessly sincere duo of Alex Luciano, 21, and Noah Bowman, 24, who started making scrappy lo-fi music together after meeting…
Anna Gaca / March 20, 2017

The 24 Best Bands We Saw in Austin (And Some Dogs, Too)

We just got home from SXSW, and saw more than 50 bands in the span of five days. Here's the best of what we saw.
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2017

SXSW 2017 Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Mazda Studio at Empire

From heavyweights Rick Ross and Mastodon to shining new artists like Vagabon and Diet Cig, the Mazda Studio at Empire was a hotbed of activity…
SPIN / March 20, 2017

Here Are the Best Puppies of SXSW

The best thing I did at South by Southwest on Saturday was pet some dogs. I waited almost 30 minutes in the sun to get…
Anna Gaca / March 19, 2017

SXSW 2017: Gucci Mane and Meek Mill Make Trap Decent Again

Saturday night’s SXSW hip-hop centerpiece was Atlantic Records’ Make Trap Great Again, in which the "trap" was a fist-bumping catharsis behind Stubb’s BBQ. The lineup included…
Brian Josephs / March 19, 2017

SXSW 2017: Donald Trump a Peripheral Villain For Snoop Dogg During Criminal Justice Panel

On Saturday at SXSW, Snoop Dogg sat on a panel alongside Extravagant Records founder Weldon Angelos, Koch Industries’ Mark Holden, and Charles Koch Institute’s senior…
Brian Josephs / March 19, 2017

SXSW 2017: The Best Live Music We Saw Friday, Featuring Kelela, Broncho, More

As South By Southwest collided with St. Patrick's day on Friday, the SPIN staff spent the day hopping between official showcases, and our Empire Garage &…
SPIN Staff / March 18, 2017

Hanson on 20 Years of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ and Why They’ll Never Break Up

Hanson have never left. Twenty years after the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma recorded that indelible chorus to "Mmmbop," Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson—now 36, 34, and 31—are still writing,…
Anna Gaca / March 18, 2017

Watch Lana Del Rey Debut “Love” Live at Intimate SXSW Show

In theory, Apple doesn't have to pay Lana Del Rey for endorsements at all--her presence alone can prompt everyone in a 30-yard radius to pull out…
Anna Gaca / March 18, 2017

SXSW 2017: A Jovially Drunk Mike WiLL Made-It and 2 Chainz Were the Best Part of Last Night

Perhaps the most unapologetically 2 Chainz moment during his SXSW headlining appearance at Emo’s came when he queued up his latest single "It’s a Vibe,"
Brian Josephs / March 17, 2017

SXSW 2017: The Best Live Music We Saw Thursday, Featuring Frankie Rose, Talib Kweli, More

As South By Southwest entered full swing on Thursday, the SPIN staff spent the day hopping between official showcases, the conference (where we saw Spoon's…
SPIN Staff / March 17, 2017

Here’s the Chainsmokers Singing Smash Mouth’s “All Star” Over “Closer”

Last night, EDM court jesters the Chainsmokers played at South by Southwest, the destination of all things authentic and cool. Our pal Chris DeVille at…
Jeremy Gordon / March 17, 2017
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