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SXSW 2015: A Survival Guide

In preparation of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry’s most epic and grueling music festival, I felt inclined to make a list of advice and suggestions that I wish someone had told me in 2009, as I headed into the event.

So to all of you SXSW rookies out there, take heed and read the following:

1. Drink water, not whiskey.

Since SXSW is unlike any other festival in the fact that it is a marathon, not a sprint, pacing yourself is key. With schedules spanning six days and shows popping up from breakfast till bars close, …

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Leon Bridges Shares “Coming Home” Mahogany Session

Fast-rising up and comer Leon Bridges is currently overseas making his first live appearances in Europe. Footage of his performances have yet to appear online, but earlier this week the Texas native visited the folks behind Mahogany Sessions to record a stripped-down version of “Coming Home” you won’t soon forget.

Set in what looks to be an abandoned building, Leon Bridges’ Mahogany Sessions appearance is one that takes place entirely in black and white. The young singer-songwriter from Dallas performs “Coming Home” with accompaniment from a saxophone and a pair of backup dancers, all of whom also appear in the …

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Leon Bridges Shares “Coming Home” Music Video

With SXSW less than two weeks away, all eyes are on Leon Bridges and his throwback take on soul music. Having risen to prominence at the end of 2014 thanks to a few strong blog articles, the Dallas native has been sharing new songs every few weeks, and now he’s shared his very first music video.

“Coming Home” is the song that introduced the world to Leon Bridges. It’s a slow and romantic ode to the longing we feel to be near loved ones while we are on the road. Bridges’ vocals sound as if they were lifted from the …

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Tyler, The Creator Facing One Year In Prison Following SXSW “Riot”

It’s no secret that Tyler, the Creator is a bit of a wild card. Since bursting on to the scene back in 2009, the Los Angeles native has quickly become a household name throughout the music community, partly due to his rambunctious, sometimes questionable concert antics.

Last week, Tyler got himself into a bit of trouble while performing at SXSW, but today, it seems like his most recent frolics may come at a very steep price. The 23-year-old rapper is currently facing up to one year in prison and a $4,000 fine as a result of his performance in …

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UTG @ SXSW 2014: The 5 Must-See Showcases

Ahhh. It’s already that time of year again. Time to thaw from the freezing cold of winter, prepare for the Austin sunshine, and head out for another jam-packed year at SXSW. The mecca of music discovery, SXSW is gearing up to provide yet another unforgettable week of amazing showcases. From Waterloo, down 6th Street, all the way to Red 7, the world’s best talent will be filling downtown Austin for all to consume.

Rumors are leaking out of south-central Texas almost hourly, making it near-impossible for some to keep up — but what we can confirm for you today …

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Austin City Limits Releases Schedule

Austin, TX’s slogan should include not only keeping the DIY-centered city “weird,” but musical too. Austin City Limits returns this year for two weekends, October 4-6 and October 11-13, and the schedule has just been released. Much to festival-goers’ delights, the two weekends have a pretty similar schedule. Much to festival-goers’ disappointment, there are some tough clashes to choose from. Overall, though, I think it looks better than last year’s great lineup.

Pick and plan your (dream) schedule from the set times announced on their official website. Some of the tough clashes include Jimmy Eat World/Smith

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See Azealia Banks, The Gaslight Anthem, Frightened Rabbit, and More for Free

The only thing that beats free shows are free shows in the summer. Thanks to Red Bull, a new concert series called Red Bull Sound Select will be happening in ten cities across America from July 26 – 28. Artists include The Gaslight Anthem, MetricAzealia Banks, Dirty Projectors, Frightened Rabbit, Erykah Badu, Juicy J, Yeasayer, and plenty more. Each event has been curated by “local music influences”, so there’s some local flavor in there, too.

Cities being hit up are Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and …

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UTG LIST: 5 Must-See Artists At SXSW 2013

Every year we do whatever we can to bring the craziness of SXSW to you at home, and this year is no different. Starting today, Editor James Shotwell is hitting the streets of Austin, TX to bring you the very best South By Southwest 2013 has to offer. We will be posting numerous updates and media from the festival throughout the week on the site, but you gain constant access to all the madness by following James on Twitter.

We already told you a bit about how to survive at SXSW, so today I am going to share with …

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SXSW 2013: A Survival Guide

In preparation of South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry’s most epic and grueling music festival, I felt inclined to make a list of advice and suggestions that I wish that someone had told me in 2009, as I headed into the event. So to all of you SXSW rookies out there, read the following:

1. Drink water, not whiskey.

Since SXSW is unlike any other festival in the fact that it is a marathon, not a sprint, pacing yourself is key. With schedules spanning six days and shows popping up from breakfast to bar close, bracing your body is …

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First Round of SXSW Bands Announced; Application Deadline Pushed Back

SXSW is approaching faster than you think and this morning the first round of performing artists were announced. The list, which you can find below, features acts of all genres from around the world and barely begins to scrape the total list of artists who will eventually make the trek to Austin in March 2013. SXSW Music has extended the showcase application deadline for acts to apply to perform at the 2013 music festival through Friday, November 9, 2012. If you’re interested in being considered, click here.

UTG will be at SXSW next year and we hope to meet …

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Announce 2012 Lineup

November 2 through November 4, Austin, Texas is the place to be. With Fun Fun Fun Fest pulling into Auditorium Shores with a army of killer bands, music fans will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining weekend anywhere in the nation.

The festival will feature such high profile and notable bands as Run DMC, A$AP Rocky, Girl Talk, Santigold, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, Explosions in the Sky, Superchunk, Minus the Bear, Against Me!, Japandroids, Helio Sequence, The Promise Ring, Sharon Van Etton and The Sword. Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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UTG INTERVIEW: Larry G(ee)

Earlier today, Texas native Larry G(ee) was announced as the latest artist to join this Summer’s Warped Tour. Boasting a sound that blends contemporary pop with the big band energy of years gone by, his future is brighter than ever and this Summer could be just what he needs to breakout. To celebrate his accomplishment, as well as catch up for the first time since December, we spoke with Larry about Warped, the events since his album release, and what he’s looking forward to later in the year. You can read the complete interview below. To discover which dates of …

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