One of the latest wrinkles in the unfolding tale of Terra Firma and EMI comes this week with a report that the struggling music company is in talks with competing major labels to license portions of its catalogue… Universal Music followed up with a denial that it was speaking with the music company, while as rumored here, Bertelsmann and KKR‘s BMG Rights Management expressed that it is indeed interested in EMI’s assets. In related news, the newly launched publishing company made its largest acquisition to-date by purchasing Cherry Lane Publishing… In what could be interpreted as another step toward ISP bundled music subscriptions, AT&T announced a new music “experience” that will combine song downloads, streaming radio, lyrics and more in a single mobile application for subscribers… Next Big Sound compiled social media data to find the fastest rising bands at the SXSW music festival last week, and it was announced that online radio WOXY.com would be closing its doors.
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Here’s a quick look at a few of the parties and panels happening at SXSW this week worth putting in your calendar…
Thursday night Rumble L.A. is back at 3 Clubs in Hollywood… This month’s party features local favorites Rumspringa who will be unleashing jams from their upcoming debut full-length Sway… Also playing is Twin Tigers from Athens, GA who are making the west coast Rumble run through SF, LA, SD and will be playing The Rumble: Las Vegas that is a part of the Neon Reverb Music Festival… Opening Thursday night’s show is The Beaters from San Diego who will be supporting fellow bordertowners The Soft Pack on an upcoming U.S. tour… As always Rumble L.A. is FREE and presented by the fine folks at Future Sounds, RM64, Buzzbands, BMI, WOXY and Stranded In Stereo. We’ll see you there!
Rumble L.A. – 9:00PM
1123 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Recently SXSW announced that their kick-off show on March 17th will be presented by NPR Music and will feature indie icons Spoon, Broken Bells (the uber-duo featuring Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer), as well as Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Walkmen and Visqueen… Every year the festival features a wide array of artists; from up-and-comers, to established artists, to “unknown” potential breakout acts -it’s a mixed bag. We thought it was timely to pick out some of the artists who should be on your Austin calendars this year in part 1 of SXSW Who To Watch…
Brooklyn’s Cymbals Eat Guitars are making SXSW stops as they cross the country on their headlining tour with support from Bear in Heaven and Freelance Whales. With recent features and nods in Pitchfork, NY Times and NME to name a few, be sure to find ‘em at the Alternative Press, Dickies/Filter and WOXY parties among others… Lots of curiosity around fellow Brooklynites Das Racist who exploded online last year and have become infamous for their antics – at one of their recent shows instead of performing they simply popped on the Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique, leaving fans confused and us impressed… L.A. local Lex Land has had a #1 iTunes folk album, has played live on KCRW and can belt out a version of the Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen” better than any opera singer you can name… You may know the young Swedish pop-singer Miss Li whose ridiculously infectious song “Oh Boy” is in the new Volvo car commercial, she’s at the Victorian Room at the Driskill on Saturday… Other internationals to keep an eye on include Manchester’s Ten Bears and kiwi pop-rockers Kingston. Stay tuned for part 2…
Looking for love? Then The Rumble L.A. is where you’ll want to be tonight… This month’s show features Jaguar Love, the new project from former members of The Blood Brothers, who have been busy playing Rumble parties up and down the coast in advance of the March release of their new album Hologram Jams (Fat Possum). Tonight brings the chaotic duo to Hollywood’s 3 Clubs, along with locals The Rhone Occupation and Brooklyn trio Ultra Violent Lights. As always Rumble L.A. is FREE and presented by the fine folks at Future Sounds, RM64, Buzzbands, BMI, WOXY, Stranded In Stereo and Spin Earth. We’ll see you there…
Rumble L.A. - 9:00PM
1123 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038