You may remember California outfit Tashaki Miyaki from 'Best Friend,' a breezy stroll through the dream-pop wonderland that they shared with Diffuser.fm readers last fall as a free MP3. Now, they're back with 'City,' a new tune the trio performed earlier this month at SXSW 2013 during a morning visit to Rubber Tracks in Austin, the Texas version of Converse’s popular Rubber Tracks recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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On the final day of SXSW 2013, one-man band Black Atlass made a pair of high-profile appearances, prefacing a nighttime performance at the Fool's Gold's showcase -- where he celebrated his recent deal with that Brooklyn label -- with a daytime visit to Rubber Tracks, Austin's version of Converse's popular Rubber Tracks recording studio, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not a bad way to spend a day.
Los Angeles-based trio PAPA crunched, pummeled and bellowed its way through an anthemic version of 'Put Me To Work' during a visit to Rubber Tracks In Austin -- the Texas version of Converse's Rubber Tracks recording studio, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn -- while in town recently for SXSW.
Young Dreams traveled about 5,000 miles from their homeland of Norway to Austin for last week's SXSW festival, and the change of scenery certainly did them some good. With a new album titled 'Between Places' under their belts, the indie-pop collective hit up Converse's Rubber Tracks — the Texas version of the shoemaker's Brooklyn recording studio, Rubber Tracks, put up in conjunction with their new Well Worn campaign — to lay down a live version of 'Dream Alone, Wake Together.'
Self-described purveyors of "nostalgic futurism," Tallahassee, Fla.-based hip-hop outfit After the Smoke brew a potent potion of funk, rock, psychedelia and electronica. While in Austin last week for SXSW, Rob Coin, Anthony X² and their backing bandmates stopped by Rubber Tracks In Austin -- the Texas version of the Converse Rubber Tracks studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, put up in promotion of the shoemaker's new Well Worn campaign -- to bust out a live version of 'Can't Deny,' and we can't deny it's pretty killer.
For most musicians, South by Southwest 2013 is now a mere speck of dust in the rear-view mirror. That goes literally for the scores of DIY indie bands that drove thousands of miles to Austin in vans and are now heading home and figuratively for the A-listers who sipped champagne in first class on the flights back to their mansions
Typically, the last night of South by Southwest is the big night -- the night when marathon sets by some of music's hugest names drag on until the wee hours of Sunday morning. This year's fest did not disappoint, with everyone from Prince (who played something like 74 encores) to the Smashing Pumpkins reaching way back into their catalogs for career-spanning sets
As Prince blew minds and brought the funk at La Zona Rosa, the Smashing Pumpkins closed out SXSW 2013 with their own exclusive Austin showcase, performing at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage for a crowd of 350. As mxdwn.com reports, Billy Corgan and the gang turned in a career-spanning set, mixing such classics as 'Cherub Rock' (watch above) and 'Tonight, Tonight' with cuts from last year's 'Oceania.'
There's no way anyone can check out everything that happens at South by Southwest. It's impossible. Even if you moonlighted as the world's greatest superhero, you wouldn't be able to check out every single thing that goes down at one of the year's most buzzed-about music fests