Happy 15th! Your Guide to ACL 2016 Weekend One

Austin City Limits returns to Zilker Park to celebrate its 15th anniversary.  The annual, two weekend festival has come to be known for its eclectic talent and friendly culture that its hometown has come to be known for.  When it comes to navigating the lineup and discovering your new favorites, we’ve got you covered. 14245

Your Guide to Euphoria Fest 2016: Who To See

Austin’s Euphoria Fest returns for a long weekend of camping and music for its fifth year.  The festival was started to create an event that would allow all attendees to be free to experience the transformative nature of music and to truly live in the moment.  This year's line up holds true to the festival's manifesto, with a diverse collection of talent to appeal to a variety of tastes throughout the four day festival. 13563

INTERVIEW: Declan McKenna Is Not To Be Ignored

Tackling issues such as the FIFA corruption scandal and speaking out for transgender teens through music is no small feat. Doing so all before the age of 18 is remarkable, but not impossible. Just ask Declan McKenna, the 17-year-old British singer-songwriter who has done both in addition to winning the 2015 Emerging Talent Competition at Glastonbury. B-Sides met up with Declan in between shows at SXSW to check in with him about his first trip to America and his upcoming debut album. 13535

INTERVIEW: POWERS on Writing, Their New EP, and What Makes a Song Great

What happens when two successful songwriters with affinity for infectious electro-pop team up to perform their own material? The result is LA-based duo POWERS, comprised of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru. Together Ru and Del Rio have worked with a variety of artists including Selena Gomez, Cheryl Cole, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Tim McGraw, The Knocks, and Icona Pop. So what happens when you find yourself in a barn awaiting a freak electrical storm/ possibly a tornado with Mike and Crista discussing songwriting and performing their own material? As Mike puts it, “it’s very South By… strange noises everywhere.”

INTERVIEW: Marina Kaye Makes Her American Debut

Marina Kaye is not your average 18-year-old. The French singer began writing in English at a young age in order to reach a wider audience and was discovered at 16 with her song “Homeless.” Her debut album, Fearless, then went double platinum after its release in Europe. Kaye’s talent has not gone unnoticed by other superstars, working with Sia and violinist Lindsey Stirling on her EP Homeless. Marina made her North American debut this month with shows in Montreal, New York, SXSW, and Los Angeles. In between SXSW shows she discussed the emotions behind her music and what she hopes

Fool’s Gold Day Off 2015

What started off as a party in a SOHO parking lot 5 years ago has transformed into a full day festival. What used to be a single day off towards the end of summer now consists of over five stops in North America. With each show sold out in the 2015 tour; A-Trak has brought together new and old friends onto a gold plated stage. 12310

INTERVIEW : Tribe Society shows us how fast the music industry moves

  Tribe Society is a band of musicians who moved to New York to pursue their dreams. They started out this year and signed to record label Lokal Legend.  Since then, things have been moving at a rapid pace. Their mixtape was just released on Spotify and they plan on going on tour this summer. If you missed them at SXSW, don't worry they are coming to a city near you.   B-sides : Welcome to SXSW, how has this year been completely to last year? Tribe Society: This year has been cool, we flew over here and didn't rent a car. It's probably

INTERVIEW : Blossoms give life lessons and they really know their rap culture

  Blossoms is a group of talented musicians from the UK. Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock are all here for a purpose. They have been around since 2013 and have been at in nonstop. A lot of their influences come from movie soundtracks and the wild west era. They not only are wise but extremely funny as well. B-Sides spoke with the band during their SXSW appearance about their impressions of the U.S., rap music and more! 11123

Has SXSW Lost Its Touch?

Recently McDonald's has been in the news and this time it's not concerning their food. The billion dollar corporation asked Ex Cops, an indie band, to perform for free at South by Southwest  (SXSW) this year. SXSW is a music festival held in Austin, TX and started in 1987. The festivals original main goal was to help promote local musicians and make them known throughout the United States. Since then the festival has grown substantially, starting off with only 700 acts in 1987 to over 2,000 today. 11010

Music Artists At The 2014 X Games

XGames is a sporting event unlike any other. While we have the World Series in baseball and the Super Bowl of football, X Games is the extreme sport equivalent. And just like any other major sporting event, music will surely be involved as well. For the first time in thirteen years, X Games will be hosted in a new home other than Los Angeles. This year's competitions will be held in Austin, Texas June 5-8 and the inaugural event is featuring a host of acts simultaneous to the competition and into the night with well known artists ranging from

SXSW 2014: Final Thoughts

Now that SXSW is over and everyone has had time to recover, let us take some time out to really reflect on the momentous week of music we just experienced. This year was no let down to years previous; this year was in fact one of the best years in SXSW music so far. Yes of course there were big names around every corner such as Lady Gaga and Kanye West but, to be honest, how many people actually got to see them? 8068

PHOTOS: SXSW 2014 Highlights

Another year of  SXSW wrapped this weekend, showing locals and tourists why Austin is Live Music Capital of the World. From secret DJ sets to main venues packed to capacity, there was something for every pair of ears in the city. There was free food and booze as far the eye can see; celebrities scattered within the thousands of music fans throughout every crowd; bright visuals and loud sound that impressed all who saw and heard; late nights followed with booze-filled brunches and snacks from food trailers in between. And when the party goes on for 10 straight days, it's

SXSW 2014 March 14th Review

Friday at SXSW proved itself to be crazy. As more and more people showed up for the weekend the crowds grew even more. Lines spanned all around buildings and the hopes of getting into some shows proved almost impossible. Thankfully due to larger park shows there were still some places for people to see a great show.  7973

SXSW 2014 Survival Guide

You may be a regular to music, or any type of festival, but SXSW is a completely different experience. On one side of the street there may be a vender trying to capture your attention with all of the latest fancy gadgets, while on the other side an awesome band is playing great music. Tens of thousands of people gather to the not-so-small anymore city Austin Texas, not just for one weekend but a full week!  7856