There’s more to South By Southwest than eating tacos. Though, ask anyone who’s been, and he or she will tell you that there’s certainly a lot of those, too. This year’s festival attendees were lucky enough to see Girls star Lena Dunham deliver the keynote address, which touched on the issue of sexism in show business. Dunham spoke firsthand, referencing Girls actor Adam Driver‘s rising star and how her female cast is not being offered similar opportunities.
2014′s SXSW festivities have begun and we’re heading down to Austin, Texas this week to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, is taking over Cedar Door Grill on Wednesday, March 12 and presenting an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring Aloe Blacc, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, Johnnyswim and Bravesoul.
We’ll be documenting all of the action at SXSW using the hashtag #EpicAwesome and we want you to do the same! Hit up Twitter and use the #EpicAwesome hashtag to tell us about the the shows you’re attending and if your tweets stand out, you could win a chance to program Palladia for an entire day with the live music YOU want.
We’re heading down to Austin, Texas next month to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, will be in Austin during SXSW, one of the biggest and most influential music events of the year. On Wednesday, March 12 Palladia is taking over Cedar Door Grill for “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.”, an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring March’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist, Aloe Blacc, Jack Antonoff‘s new band, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, VH1 You Oughta Know artists, Johnnyswim, Bravesoul, with DJ sets by Myles Hendrik and Jeffrey Tonnesen.
We’ll be in Austin documenting all of the action, so make sure to follow @Palladia on Twitter to see selfies with the artists in our line-up, exclusive behind the scenes coverage, SXSW survival tips and much more. You can also catch all of our showcase coverage by checking out our official showcase hashtag, #EpicAwesome.
It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’m one of eight passengers stuffed into a rented white Ford Econoline van alongside 30 different musical instrument cases housing everything from Roland Juno keyboards to guitars to a full drum kit. The members of Youngblood Hawke have just finished their second soundcheck of the day at the South By Southwest Music Festival, but they’ve already loaded and unloaded equipment from their van five different times today. You’d think the group might be weary after doing all that work without even being able to experience the rush of performing in front of any actual fans yet and, truth be told, the van is a little quiet as the various members of their group using their 10 minutes of downtime as they shuttle between venues to text and check their Twitter feeds. But then lead singer Sam Martin starts spontaneously humming a bit of the opening bars of the band’s song “Rootless” to himself, at an almost imperceptibly low volume. Although his humming is barely audible, sending these vibes out into the universe causes an instinctual, infectious ripple in the van and, within moments, the rest of the band starts singing along in harmonious unison. Sam looks up, smiles and takes the cue. “The world is feeling warmer,” he sings while the van drives down a side street in Austin, “The path rolling to your door is a jungle / I’ll be back because I never left.” And, just like that, I begin to grasp how the familial aura of this band —made up of both friends and family members— is going to be the thing that ultimately earns them a widespread audience.
One of the most amazing things about the evolution of the music industry is that music is suddenly more accessible than ever. The days of having to go out of your way and make a special trip to a record shop are long over. Now, the only thing standing between a consumer and a song they want to buy is the speed of your wireless connection. This advancement of technology has its costs, though: Many have penned obituaries for the medium that energized the music business in the 80s and 90s, the compact disc. Read more…
Haim is a brand new girl group that hails from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, one that’s made up of sisters Danielle (above left), Este (above middle) and Alana (above right). The band has been kicking around the L.A. scene for a number of years, but got a huge boost late last year when the British press began fawning over their single, “Forever.” NME named it the #4 song of 2012, and the act topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 list this January.
Paramore experienced some significant growing pains during the recording of their fourth studio album. The eponymous LP, due out in April, is the band’s first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro, who acrimoniously split from Paramore back in December of 2010. But to hear lead singer Hayley Williams tell it, Paramore 2.0 is an improved band, one that “didn’t hold back” in pursuing their poppier inclinations this time around.
St. Lucia might not be a household name quite yet, but they’re already one of our favorite bands here at VH1 headquarters. We first discovered them at SXSW in 2012, after which we featured their music in Hollywood Exes and their self-titled EP in VH1′s Best Albums Of 2012. We got a few minutes to catch up with St. Lucia lead singer Jean-Philip Grobler down at SXSW last week, a few minutes before they played VH1′s “Hello Austin!” party.
We’re barely two and a half months into 2013, but the music success story of the year has already been written. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been working together for the better part of five years now, but the combination of blaring horns, poppin’ tags and “This is f***in’ awesome” chorus have made their single “Thrift Shop” this year’s most unexpected hit record. We sat down with Macklemore —who, we should note, very politely introduced himself to us by his real name, which is Ben— at SXSW last week to talk about grandpa style.
After releasing six studio albums as the frontman of and primary songwriter for My Morning Jacket, Jim James is finally following his musical muse into the realm of being a solo artist. His new album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, is as spiritual and introspective as the title suggests, but after seeing him perform the whole thing front to back last week at MTV/VH1/CMT’s Live In Austin showcase, we can confirm that it also ROCKS, too. However, just because he’s released a solo project doesn’t mean that he’s done with My Morning Jacket as a band. Read more…