• Video: SXSW 2013: Chelsea Light Moving Unleash 'Burroughs'

    March 26, 2013 10:35 AM ET

    Sonic Youth is on ice for now, but Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving proves he hasn't lost his edge. The band took over Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW and tore into "Burroughs" from their debut album, Chelsea Light Moving. Moore roars over the furious track, enveloped by walls of fuzzy distortion, and his necks holds up well through the frantic headbanging. Be sure to check out photos of Chelsea Light Moving and other bands that played the Rolling Stone Rock Ro...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums Unleash 'Out of My League'

    March 22, 2013 2:50 PM ET

    Fitz and the Tantrums brought a healthy dose of grooving synth-pop to Rolling Stone's Rock Room during this year's SXSW festival. Now you can check out the bands's performance of their latest single, "Out of My League" – an infectious tune cleverly balanced between a booty-shaking dance cut and a piano-pounding ballad, and complete with a squealing sax solo. The song will appear on their upcoming LP More Than Just A Dream, which is due out May 7th. Be sure to also c...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums Get Shaking With 'Money Grabber'

    March 22, 2013 2:35 PM ET

    "I think you guys already know what time it is!" howled Noelle Scaggs over a familiar waltzing piano groove as Fitz and the Tantrums jumped into their breakout hit "Money Grabber." The band had Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW moving and shaking throughout their set, with the fist-pumping "Money Grabber" an undeniable standout. Be sure to also check out our interview with Fitz and the Tantrums as well as band's performance of their latest single, "Out of My League."  | More »

  • David Fricke's Best of SXSW, From the Stooges to the True Believers

    March 20, 2013 1:25 PM ET
     |  David Fricke

    I attended my first South by Southwest in 1991. The Austin, Texas megathon was in its sixth year and still intimate enough to fit in one hotel and two dozen venues, with room for all. My ringing memories are of an opening night with Doug Sahm and the Texas Tornadoes and a closing song-and-stories feast with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, then formerly of the Flatlanders (since reunited). If there was much corporate sponsorship, I don't remember it. "The spirit of SXSW," I wrote i...  | More »

  • Kings of Leon's Serpents and Snakes Records Curates Day Party

    March 17, 2013 6:06 PM ET
     |  Adam Gold

    Kings of Leon's Serpents and Snakes Records threw a day party showcasing the label's roster in Austin yesterday. Naturally, that spawned rumors that the Nashville rockers would make a surprise appearance. Even the door guys at the Blackheart believed it, as did a couple hundred festivalgoers who, at party's end, packed the house-turned-bar's backyard in eager anticipation of a performance from the Followills. "Ridiculous!" Serpents and Snakes general manager Seth Riddle sa...  | More »

  • Video: Rolling Stone's Rock Room Performers On Music That Changed Their Lives

    March 17, 2013 3:21 PM ET

    Rolling Stone piled all of its day party performers into the SXSW Rock Room and asked a simple question: What was the musical act that changed your life? The results were varied and enlightening. For Michael Fitzpatrick of indie soul outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, it was a classic. "I would have to say it's MJ for sure. I inherited all of those first records from my older brother," he says. "I bow in the presence of him." The soul singer Charles Bradley fondly recalls when his sister to...  | More »

  • Vampire Weekend Shine After Midnight

    March 17, 2013 2:15 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    Vampire Weekend helped close out SXSW 2013 last night with a crowd-pleasing after-midnight set at Stubb's BBQ. It was a moment-of-truth performance for the band – their first full U.S. show in nearly a year, and their first opportunity to share several songs from their highly anticipated third album, Modern Vampires of the City (due out May 7th), with the public. If this was a test, Vampire Weekend passed it with flying colors. The four band members took the stage at 12:20 a.m., w...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Surfer Blood Do the 'Demon Dance'

    March 17, 2013 1:30 PM ET

    Florida rockers Surfer Blood hit Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW on Saturday and performed "Demon Dance," the sunny and melodic second single off their forthcoming Pythons. The long-awaited new album is expected out in June via Warner Bros.  Watch the performance above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Jake Bugg Ventures to 'Kentucky'

    March 17, 2013 1:00 PM ET

    Jake Bugg opened his Rolling Stone Rock Room set on Saturday night with the country-folk twang of "Kentucky." The 19-year old Nottingham, England native's self-titled debut album will be hitting the U.S. on April 9th.  Check out a video of Bugg's performance above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Jake Bugg Performs 'Love Me The Way You Do'

    March 17, 2013 1:00 PM ET

    "Obviously I'm not from Kentucky," Jake Bugg admitted, referring to his first song as he moved into his second at Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW. Although he hails from Nottingham, England, the 19-year-old singer comfortably channels an American idiom for this tune of country yearning, "Love Me The Way You Do." Check out a video of his performance above.  | More »

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