SXSW

by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: St. Lucia Readying New Album For Fall Release

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.

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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: Macklemore Finally Tells Us About The Origins Of “Grandpa Style”

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.

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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: Jim James On His “Beautiful Open Relationship” With My Morning Jacket

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…

by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: George Clinton Is “Horny” For A Parliament-Funkadelic Reunion (And 11 Other Finding The Funk Revelations)

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From L to R: Lumar LeBlanc, Bootsy Collins, Novena Carmel, Arthur Baker, George Clinton and Bernie Worrell.

One of our favorite things about SXSW —besides the abundance of Shiner Bock, natch— is that it’s the biggest musical melting pot in all of the United States. Over the course of a few days in Austin each and every March, acts from every conceivable genre of music come together for both performances and conversations, but more importantly, to bond with one another. Perhaps nowhere over the course of the weekend was that issue of “bonding” more relevant than at Saturday afternoon’s panel celebrating the upcoming release of the VH1 Rock Doc Finding The Funk, which saw former Parliament-Funkadelic members George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell putting aside rumors of alleged beef for one glorious hour of truly funky storytelling. Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

Tegan And Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dazzle At The mtvU Woodies

We’re finally back from Austin and home in New York City, where we’re taking stock of what happened during the last 8 days of SXSW. We’re going through the early stages of breakfast taco withdrawal, but watching these incredible live performances from Tegan and Sara and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from this year’s mtvU Woodies Awards is making the comedown go much smoother than anticipated.
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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: Natalie Maines Performs A Breathtaking Set As A Solo Performer

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With nary a cloud visible all day long against the crisp Austin blue sky, there was no better place in the world for music fans to congregate than at the 2013 South By Southwest Music Festival yesterday. Living up to the festival’s promise of being able to deliver the music world’s most diverse musical lineup, we saw acts from no less than five different genres yesterday: Soul (Solange), hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar), country (Natalie Maines), singer-songwriter (Charlie Mars) and electropop (Chvrches).

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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: The Flaming Lips Bring Yoshimi To Austin

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After spending five consecutive days at SXSW, your body starts to feel the effects of ingesting little other than tortilla-encased foodstuffs and Shiner Bock. Still, we powered through the body’s natural urge to shut down and made our way last night to one of downtown Austin’s premiere venues, The Belmont, for The Warner Sound’s downright phenomenal showcase featuring Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, Alt-J, and headliners The Flaming Lips. Read more…

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Chef John Cusimano Makes SXSW-Themed Cocktails For Carrie Keagan

Are you sad to be trapped inside an office while all your friends live it up at South By Southwest? Don’t fret, Chef John Cusimano stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live this week with a fresh crop of drink ideas to liven up any party (or work day), helping to bring the spirit of South By to your own home. Remember: a bottle of liquor is cheaper than a flight to Texas…

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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: VH1 Says ‘Hello Austin!’ With Help From Youngblood Hawke, St. Lucia and Mia Moretti

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With the music portion of the 2013 South By Southwest Festival well underway, now’s the time where festival attendees have to make difficult decisions about which of the over 5,000 acts in town they’re going to see. Fortunately for your friendly VH1 Tuner team, our decision about what to do last night was a no-brainer. We spent the night at the W Hotel in Downtown Austin for VH1′s “Hello Austin!” party, which featured performances from Youngblood Hawke, St. Lucia and Mia Moretti & The Dolls.

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by (@unclegrambo)

SXSW 2013: Jim James And Youngblood Hawke Shine At ‘Live In Austin’ Showcase

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After a couple of days in which buzzword-spouting, app-shilling technology geeks dominated the streets of Austin, things were restored to their natural order yesterday when the music portion of the 2013 South By Southwest Music Festival kicked off in glorious fashion. We partnered up with our friends over at MTV and CMT for the Live In Austin Showcase, which featured knockout performances from current You Oughta Know artist Youngblood Hawke, bluesy banjo aficionado Elle King, super buzzy indie rockers Guards, and the legendary Jim James.

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