April 10, 2013 The new video for "We The Common" features Ira Glass, John Hodgman and many others and showcases Thao Nguyen's joyous spirit and big personality, but the song has a deeper back story.
April 10, 2013 Watch the Portland rock band Brainstorm blast punchy, post-punk-inspired rhythms at Austin's TenOak during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. Here, the group performs the thrilling "Maybe a Memory."
April 8, 2013 Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration.
April 5, 2013 The Seattle natives in Ivan & Alyosha possess cool charisma and an infectious sound that won over listeners at 2013's South By Southwest music festival. Watch their performance of "Be Your Man" live from TenOak in Austin, Texas.
April 4, 2013 Think of Lord Huron as a complex imaginary world, with invented characters and interlocking stories, as much as a band that makes charming rock songs.
April 4, 2013 The rock band Blaudzun made the trip from its home in the Netherlands to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. There, the group introduced its jubilantly beautiful songs to a new audience, highlighted by this performance of "Elephants."
April 1, 2013 A handful of smartphone apps make planning your concert calendar easier. Is there one that's perfect?
March 29, 2013 Efterklang, the Danish band who recorded its latest album in a ghost town, makes a video that centers around a ghost story that connects lives across generations.
March 22, 2013 "Brennisteinn" (sulfur) is a remarkably aggressive piece of music for musicians who can sound so ethereal: Dreamy elements remain, but they provide an underpinning rather than driving the pulse of the song. A new Sigur Rós album, Kveikur, comes out June 18.
March 21, 2013 The day before Sinkane joined Usher and The Afghan Whigs on stage at SXSW, he played a smaller, Filter magazine-sponsored show at Austin's Clive Bar. Luckily, our video crew was there to capture this live performance of "Jeeper Creeper."
March 21, 2013 Michael Benjamin Lerner is a great singer-songwriter who happens to play the drums — which means he needs help bringing his songs to life in a live setting. Members of Wild Flag, The Globes and Say Hi join in during this performance of "Ghosts and Creatures," filmed live at The Parish in Austin, Texas, during SXSW.
March 19, 2013 SXSW is a festival that you can curate to your own taste: quick hits, big names, unknowns, or some of everything. But no matter what kind of festival you have, there will be moments when a band just cuts through the noise. Here are a handful of the most transporting moments from this year's festival.
March 11, 2013 Put aside your notion of Irish music as a bunch of familiar jigs and reels, and just listen. Martin Hayes plays his fiddle with an exquisite touch and tone, as well as a magnificent sense of melody and rhythm that never ceases to astonish. Guitarist Dennis Cahill provides delicate support.