South by Southwest

  1. Kanye West, Jay Z to Reunite at Samsung's SXSW 2014 Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT For the first time since the twosome wrapped their Watch the Throne tour in 2012, rap royalty Kanye West and Jay Z will perform a full concert this Wednesday (March 12) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. West and Z will headline ...

  2. Walk the Moon Enjoys Overnight Success, Two Years in the Making

    June 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT ''Anna Sun," a catchy track by Ohio art-rock band Walk the Moon, is technically the first single from the paisley revival group's self-titled, major-label debut album, out June 19 on RCA Records. But the song, penned by lead si ...

  3. Backbeat: Alabama Shakes Play Tiny NYC Venue for MTV Hive Livestream

    April 17, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Alabama Shakes at the Studio at Webster Hall. (Photo: Andrea Radulescu) [ Disclosure: Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad, author of this article, was an editor at MTV News from 2004 until 2010. ] The story behind Alabama Shakes ' sudden rise to b ...

  4. The Rise of Indie Bands in Advertising

    March 20, 2012 7:00 AM EDT This is going to be big," Todd Porter recalls thinking last September, when the music supervisor at Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco first heard "We Are Young" by indie pop outfit Fun. "It just had the quality ...

  5. Screeching Weasel Disbands After Singer's SXSW Outburst

    March 24, 2011 2:44 PM EDT Less than a week after Screeching Weasel singer Ben "Weasel" Foster struck two women at a South by Southwest concert , the other four members of the punk group have announced their resignation. In an open letter published by PunkNews.org ...

  6. Screeching Weasel Singer Hits Two Women At Band's SXSW Gig -- Video Footage Here

    March 19, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's tirade-laden concert at South by Southwest Friday night, according to media reports and video footage of the event, which took place at Austin's S ...

  7. Superglued Sneak Peek: App, Unveiling At SXSW, Finds Gigs Based On Location, Friends, Preferences

    March 14, 2011 1:31 PM EDT While the music industry continues to wait for Foursquare to develop a music strategy, other less-known location-based apps are doing it today. SuperGlued is one such company, using the South by Southwest festival to launch an app that lets users ...

  8. Cloud Control Win Australian Music Prize

    March 04, 2011 3:03 PM EST Pop-rock quartet Cloud Control has taken out the Australian Music Prize, and with it the $30,000 Australian winner's check. The four-piece from the Blue Mountains took the title for their debut 2010 album, "Bliss Release" (Ivy Leagu ...

  9. SXSW Pulls Record Numbers To Austin Fest

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For fans that crowded into Austin's streets, clubs and even churches last week, the South by Southwest Festival was about drinking a lot of beer, eating barbecue and hearing some of the world's hottest bands. But for music executives tha ...

  10. @SXSW: Muse, Courtney Love, Smokey Robinson Fire Up Friday

    March 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The South by Southwest Music festival and conference reached a fever pitch on Friday, with some of the highest profile bands of the week performing day and night along side the hundreds of aspiring musicians angling for attention at bars, clubs an ...

  11. @SXSW: Music Fest Kicks Off With All-Star Country-Blues Jam

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A day before its official start, this year's music portion of the South By Southwest festival got rolling on Tuesday (March 16) with an all-star country-rock and blues bash at La Zona Rosa celebrating Asleep at the Wheel leader and Texas musi ...

  12. @SXSW: 2010 Full Coverage

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST March musical madness is here again as the annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival in Austin kicked off March 12 and runs until March 21. Below, our full coverage including an exhaustive guide to the best and brightest at SX ...

  13. Decemberists, Gomez Give SXSW An Early Start

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An intimate club doubleheader by the Decemberists and Gomez gave the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference a soaring launch on Tuesday night in Austin, Texas. The annual affair formally starts today (March 18). The two groups, both promo ...

  14. 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Full coverage, news and analysis from the 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference, being held March 18 - 22 in Austin, Texas. Editorial: SXSW 2009 Reflections March 22, 2009 - BillboardBiz Billboard editorial director Bill Werde reflects on this ...

  15. Devo Whipping Up First Album Since 1990

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Devo, the new-wave band famed for its terraced headgear and the catchy ditty "Whip It," is putting the finishing touches on its first studio album since 1990. The as-yet-untitled release is scheduled to come out in the fall. It marks Dev ...

  16. Cilmi Among Biggest Australian SXSW Contingent

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Breakthrough pop artist Gabriella Cilmi and hotly tipped indie band the Temper Trap will lead Australia's biggest ever contingent to the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) this March. At deadline, 30 Aussie acts had committed to showcase at t ...

  17. Ximena Sariñana Preps U.S. Tour, SXSW Showcase

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana will embark on her first full U.S. tour April 18. Sariñana, a Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee and MTV Tr3s "Descubre y Download" artist, will play in support of "Mediocre," her Seitrack ...

  18. eBay Hosts Independents Day Auction

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Independents Day auction, mooted as the largest-ever sale of music memorabilia and experiences, has gone live on eBay. Items up for sale include a test pressing of the Arctic Monkeys sophomore album "Favourite Worst Nightmare," signe ...

  19. SXSW Day II: Deerhunter, Besnard Lakes Steal The Night

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The psychedelic rock of Deerhunter and the classic rock stylings of Besnard Lakes were centerpieces on the second night of music showcases at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas. As crowds descended upon Sixth Street -- ...

  20. BurnLounge Unveils New Offering

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The digital music franchise operator BurnLounge introduced the new version of its service at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, this week, for the first time allowing fans to open their own BurnLounge digital music store at ...

  21. Now Hear This: Your Guide To Unsigned Bands

    March 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST > > > The Envy Corps When the Envy Corps stopped by its nearby Clear Channel-owned radio station last year, the rock quartet had designs on hearing its music on a Sunday-evening local music show. The act didn't dream it would become ...

  22. Hello Top 40, Goodbye Obscurity

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST When Drive-Thru Records first signed synth-pop act Hellogoodbye in 2004, the label had to keep its new band on the down low. Drive-Thru's multiyear deal with MCA/Geffen was coming to an end, and Drive-Thru co-founder Stefanie Reines didn' ...

  23. Wireless Operators Gear Up Concert Broadcast Efforts

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amp'd Mobile, Verizon Wireless get aggressive. Wireless operators Amp’d Mobile and Verizon Wireless are growing increasingly aggressive in broadcasting concert footage to mobile phones. Amp’d, a startup operator leasing airtime on Verizon’s h ...

  24. Cat Power Cancels Spring Tour

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Unspecified health reasons cited as cause. Days before it was set to begin, Cat Power's spring U.S. tour has been canceled due to unspecified health reasons. The 11-date trek, which was to feature Cat Power's Chan Marshall backed by the ...

  25. Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers To Tour

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Labelmates eye North America dates in 2006. Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers are planning to hit the road together. According to the Matador Records Web site, the multitudinous ranks of the labelmates acts will tour North America ea ...

  26. The Go! Team Signs With Columbia

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First record for band on a major U.S. label. On Sept. 27, the U.K.-based The Go! Team will release "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" on Columbia Records, its first record on a major U.S. label. The Columbia version will feature two additional ...

  27. Billboard Underground: SXSW

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Our preview of the South By Southwest conference in Austin includes Billboard's first chart report on top independent labels, imprints and artists across multiple genres. Our preview of the South By Southwest conference in Austin includes Bil ...

  28. Little Richard Entertains At SXSW Keynote

    March 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Little Richard encouraged artists to take control of the business side of their careers and devote themselves to their craft during an entertaining keynote address this morning (March 18) at the South Little Richard encouraged artists to take cont ...