Content from 2013

Usman Riaz- "Ruckus": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

"I am fortunate to come from a family inclined towards the Arts. My parents recognised my musical aptitude at an early age and had me classically trained in piano since the age of 6. I picked up percussive guitar at age 16, teaching myself how to pay by watching musicians on the internet. I learnt a variety of instruments online and used my classical training to write pieces for Orchestra using the instrumental knowledge I was acquiring.

Dead Prez- "No Way As The Way": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, dead prez emerged in 2000 as one of rap’s most politically strident outfits. Stic.man and M-1’s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically. The duo’s first two studio albums, 2000’s Lets Get Free and 2004’s RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, were accompanied by four acclaimed Turn Off The Radio mixtapes and solo albums.

Body Parts- "Doing Things": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Ryder Bach started Body Parts in 2009. The band, rounded out by Alina Cutrono, Raymond Proudfoot, and Taylor Dexter, fuses Ryder's thoughtful lyrics -- food, language and comfort serve as subjects -- with an angular sense of melody, some Prince-inspired guitar work, and a very effective rhythm section; the result is songs that are just as intellectually demanding as they are imminently danceable. The band is now writing and recording new music under the banner FIRE DREAM.

Downloaded - SXSW 2013 Accepted Film

In 1998 Shawn Fanning, a teenage hacker and programmer, created the code that would become the basis for all peer-to-peer file sharing. In 1999, Fanning and his business partner, fellow teenager Sean Parker, launched the file-sharing service Napster. And what had begun as a largely unknown underground distribution medium erupted into a full-blown global revolution.

Evil Dead - SXSW 2013 Accepted Film

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Everyone's Going to Die - SXSW 2013 Accepted Film

Two lost souls. One last chance. Melanie's life in a seaside town is going nowhere until she meets Ray, back in town with a shady job to do. A moment's escape becomes a chance to save themselves, and each other. Everyone's Going To Die is a modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.

Empires - "Keep It Steady": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Empires recently finished recording their second full length album, Garage Hymns. The band's self-produced debut album, Howl, garnered a massive amount of attention when they released it on their website back in 2008, and now, with Garage Hymns, Empires feels that they have found the sound they've been searching for all along. "We're definitely more defined than ever," explains vocalist Sean Van Vleet. "We've figured out what works for us as we've played together more, and now the music feels really honed in."

BOY - "Little Numbers": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

BOY - a contagious confection that has spread across the internet like wildfire. The Hamburg-based duo gets your toes tapping, mind playing, feet moving, emotions travelling, head thinking, hips jerking. But above all, they make music that brings a smile to your face. Imagine a mix of the art school elegance of Phoenix, the lively melodics of Feist and the emotional depth of Bon Iver. But to draw such comparisons is superficial and not especially helpful because what you miss is the originality of the BOY concept and the charisma of its two performers.

Black Pistol Fire - "Trigger On My Fire": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split's time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The White Stripes, and Clutch. It\'s clear that the band\'s sound spans many different eras and subgenres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.

The Boxing Lesson - "Better Daze": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

The Boxing Lesson is a rock band from Austin, TX. A power trio with synthesizers performing the bass player\'s role, they create a mammoth psychedelic \'wall of sound\' that begins minimally and builds into grand orchestrations. Vocalist and guitarist Paul Waclawsky, synthesizer player Jaylinn Davidson, and 14-year-old drumming prodigy Ben Redman combine strong songwriting with desert rock, guitar freak-outs, soul space jams and plenty of Texas rock ’n’ roll thunder. Their upcoming Big Hits! LP is produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith.