• Video: SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout Look Down the 'Barrel of the Highway'

    March 17, 2013 12:30 PM ET

    On "Barrel of the Highway," New York-based duo Gus + Scout take a rootsy look at growing up and moving on. In their performance at the Rolling Stone Rock Room, the pair explore a range of vocal dynamics, moving between raging howls and delicate harmonies.  Check out a video of their performance above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Free Energy Reach That Itch With 'Backscratcher'

    March 17, 2013 12:00 PM ET

    Philadelphia five-piece Free Energy brought their fast-paced live show to Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW. "I feel something coming on!" frontman Paul Sprangers shouted before the band launched into "Backscratcher," a track off of Love Sign, the band's latest record.  Watch the performance above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Free Energy's Rallying Cry

    March 17, 2013 12:00 PM ET

    Free Energy brought their straightforward, catchy rock music to amp up the crowd at Rolling Stone's Rock Room. The band tore through their eponymous battle cry, "Free Energy," a song off of 2010's Stuck On Nothing, a track that opens with a cowbell and doesn't let up. Check out Free Energy's show above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Lord Huron Live 'Forever'

    March 17, 2013 11:30 AM ET

    Lord Huron, the indie-folk band founded by Michigander-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider, played a set at Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW. The band played 'The Man Who Lives Forever' off of 2012's Lonesome Dreams, a song whose tambourines, maracas, and cowbells make for a remarkably full sound. Check out their performance above.  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Lord Huron 'Will Be Back'

    March 17, 2013 11:30 AM ET

    Indie-folk purveyors Lord Huron performed many songs from last year's Lonesome Dreams during their set at Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW. Their cut "I Will Be Back One Day," which mentions being "way out west," has country music vibes that felt right at home in Austin. Check out a video of their performance above.  | More »

  • Video: Video: Surfer Blood on Playing Songs for Timbaland

    March 17, 2013 11:00 AM ET

    From the Rolling Stone Rock Room at SXSW, singer-guitarist John Paul Pitts and guitarist Thomas Fekete of Floridian rockers Surfer Blood told of their journey from obscurity to success — or, as they put it, from using Dell computers to meeting Timbaland. "[Surfer Blood drummer Tyler Schwarz] is really good at meeting people, so he went up to Timbaland and said, 'You have to hear my band,'" Pitts amusedly recalls. "Timbaland, being a pretty open-minded guy apparently, walked in...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Lord Huron's Universe and Mythology

    March 17, 2013 10:30 AM ET

    Ben Schneider, the founding member of atmospheric folk-rockers Lord Huron, told Rolling Stone that he aims to create more than just a band. "This project is more than just music to me. It's about crafting this whole universe with its own mythology," he said.  Schneider views his band's lush, full sound as an extension of an entire aesthetic. "We put a lot of emphasis on the visual aspect of what we do, and I think that comes from my background in the visual arts. It'...  | More »

  • Video: SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout's Simple Math

    March 17, 2013 10:30 AM ET

    From Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW, Gus Wenner and Scout Willis of the New York-based duo Gus + Scout talked about the self-confidence that defines their music. "Sometimes I think, 'Gus + Scout, is that a weird band name?' But that's the basis of everything that we wanted to do, and want to do with this band, is to just be ourselves," said Wenner. A full-length album is still in the works – Gus + Scout released a debut EP last August – but the duo have...  | More »

  • Prince Closes SXSW With Epic Concert

    March 17, 2013 10:05 AM ET
     |  Eric R Danton

    Prince gave fair warning last night somewhere between his second and third encores. "Don't make me hurt you – you know how many hits I have?" he asked the crowd packed into La Zona Rosa in Austin as SXSW drew to a close. Enough that he didn't get to them all. Not even close, in fact, though he performed for two hours and 40 minutes, returning to the stage time and again for six or seven encores in all. At a festival where special guests and counterintuitive collaborations are...  | More »

  • Video: Video: Jake Bugg on Success and Authenticity

    March 17, 2013 10:00 AM ET

    When 19-year-old British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg visited Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW, he talked about life after hitting Number One on the U.K. charts with his self-titled debut record. "I was shocked. I didn't think it was gonna do that," he said. "Obviously, my life's changed quite a bit, with the record coming out. You're going to meet new people and go to different places and you're gonna experience new things." Bugg propelled himself to succe...  | More »

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