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  • #TBT: South By Southwest 2012

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 07, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- There's only 5 more nights before the Cultivora team touches down in Austin for SXSW. Today we took a break from prepping to reminisce about SXSW 2012.

  • #TBT: SXSW 2013

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 06, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Now that SXSW is less than a week away, we thought it fitting to take a look back at where we went, who we saw, and what we learned at the festival last year.

  • 10 Bands to Check Out From SXSW 2014

    By Angela Del Sol March 18, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Click through for the 10 bands we stumbled upon last week at SXSW, and were immediately hooked.

  • 10 Instagrams You May Have Missed This Week From Pharrell, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, and More

    By Ilana Dadras February 19, 2014

    In this week's edition of InstaWorld, we take you backstage and into the studio with some of our favorite artists playing upcoming festivals.


  • 11 Instagrams You May Have Missed This Week From SXSW 2014

    By Dan Murphy March 14, 2014

    In this week's edition of InstaWorld, we travel to Austin to check out Diddy watching the throne, Real Estate getting new shoes, and Kelis serving up BBQ at her new food truck.

  • 12 Featured Speakers Join SXSW's 2015 Interactive Festival

    By Laura Baker-Finch September 08, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- 12 new featured speakers have been revealed for SXSW Interactive, including its gaming and food components.

  • 2 Dead, 23 Injured in SXSW Tragedy

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 13, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Lone male driver injures 23 pedestrians and kills two moped passengers at SXSW.

  • 40 Music Festival Presales Going on Now

    By Laura Baker-Finch December 05, 2014

    An alphabetical list of 40 of our favorite festivals with presales, early bird discounts, and holiday specials going on now. 

  • 7 SXSW Artists That Rocked (And Where You Can Catch Them Next)

    By Maressa Levy March 26, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Last week, our team headed south to Austin for SXSW, a week of live shows, barbecue, and music discovery.

  • A Look Ahead: March 2014 Music Festivals

    By Laura Baker-Finch February 28, 2014

    Sure there may not be an official start and end date to festival season, but March is when the fun begins. Click through to find out the festivals to attend this month and the features to keep an eye out for. 

  • A Week at SXSW

    By Joseph Sunder March 21, 2012

    A week of music, food, friends, parties, and exploration at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

  • A Year in the Life of Cultivora

    By Marjana Jaidi February 14, 2013

    In honor of our first birthday, we laid out a summary of our year in a visual timeline... click through to check it out.

  • Alt-J, Thurston Moore to Perform at SXSW 2013

    By Cultivora November 13, 2012

    Austin, Texas -- The first wave of artists for SXSW 2013 have been announced.

  • Artist Spotlight: Highasakite

    By Laura Baker-Finch May 29, 2013

    Before their show at Glasslands Gallery, I sat down with Ingrid Helene Håvik and Øystein Skar of Highasakite to talk about SXSW, Øya, and what it's like traveling the festival circuit.

  • Artist Spotlight: Lime Cordiale

    By Laura Baker-Finch April 17, 2014

    If you're looking for a new band to soundtrack your summer, look no further than Australia's Lime Cordiale. 

  • Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Zedd to Play First iTunes Festival at SXSW

    By Dan Murphy February 19, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Apple to host its first ever US music festival coinciding with SXSW.

  • Couch by Couchwest: The Cheaper, Less-Active Alternative to SXSW

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 12, 2013

    Location: Your Couch -- Don't let not being in Austin stand in your way of a festivalgoer (or, rather, festivalstayer) experience this March 10-16.

  • Dave Grohl Confirmed as SXSW Music 2013 Keynote Speaker

    By Laura Baker-Finch November 16, 2012

    Dave Grohl has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for SXSW 2013, a choice that keeps the bar set high after 2012's Keynote by Bruce Springstein.

  • Deadline to Save on SXSW 2013

    By Laura Baker-Finch November 08, 2012

    Register to attend South By Southwest 2013 before this Friday, November 9, to save up to 30%.

  • Doritos Steps Up the Boldness with Lady Gaga at SXSW 2014

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 06, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Doritos is stepping up its boldness this SXSW with Lady Gaga and a slew of challenges. 

  • Even More Artists Added to SXSW 2013

    By Kelsey Stoulil December 05, 2012

    Cold War Kids, Major Lazer, and Kid Koala are among the artists added to the increasingly epic SXSW 2013 lineup. Click through to find out who else will be joining them in Austin.

  • FADER FORT Announces Dates and Headliners for SXSW

    By Cultivora March 02, 2012

    This is the announcement we've been waiting for - The FADER and Converse have teamed up to present this year's FADER FORT at South by Southwest from March 14-17.

  • From Short Shorts to Floor Toms: The 8 Bests of SXSW 2013

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 27, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Want to know which artist had the Best Short Shorts of SXSW 2013? What about the Best Only-Slightly-Stereotypical Floor Tom Section? This slideshow is for you.

  • InstaWorld: SXSW 2013 Edition

    By Maressa Levy March 20, 2013

    Welcome to InstaWorld: SXSW Edition! Check out backstage pictures from Macklemore, Tegan and Sara, Surfer Blood and more.

  • InstaWorld: SXSW, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, and More

    By Maressa Levy March 13, 2013

    In this week's Instaworld, we get a behind-the-scenes look at SXSW set-up, see where Guards go on their detour, catch Twenty One Pilots in action, relax with Cam'ron, and more!

  • Jack White's Third Man Records Announces SXSW Events

    By Dan Murphy March 06, 2014

    Austin, TX -- Jack White's record label goes all out for the 2014 festival. 

  • Kanye West and Jay Z to Play SXSW for Samsung

    By Dan Murphy March 11, 2014

    Austin, TX -- The Watch the Throne duo top a list of newly announced big acts to head to SXSW. 

  • Music Monday Playlist: SXSW 2013

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 04, 2013

    There's only 8 days left before SXSW Music kicks off another jam-packed week of showcases, panels, events, and parties. Get acquainted with some of the artists that'll be in attendance with our SXSW playlist.

  • Music Monday Playlist: SXSW 2014

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 03, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- As a compliment to our SXSW event listings, we added every one of the artists playing our recommended showcases to our SXSW 2014 Playlist.

  • Must-See Artist of SXSW: Delicate Steve

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 28, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- More than a week from SXSW has gone by yet we can't seem to get New Jersey-based Delicate Steve out of our heads or off our playlists.

  • Need An Oasis from the SXSW Madness?

    By Marjana Jaidi March 13, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- These bars/restaurants are great if you want to take a break from the nonstop parade of panels, parties, showcases, and open bars.

  • New Music from SXSW Artists Surfer Blood and Wavves

    By Laura Baker-Finch January 29, 2013

    It may still be January but that doesn't mean I haven't been pining away for the week of parties and music discovery March brings in the form of SXSW. These two new tracks from Surfer Blood and Wavves are only making the wait that much more unbearable.

  • New Music Tuesday: (SXSW) Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving and Suuns

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 05, 2013

    Spend your Tuesday basking in the glory of these new releases from SXSW artists Chelsea Light Moving and Suuns.

  • New Music Tuesday: Death Grips, Magik Markers, Blood Orange, Jake Bugg

    By Laura Baker-Finch November 19, 2013

    Click through to stream today's best new music.

  • New SXSW-Commissioned Report Suggests Major Changes for the Festival

    By Dan Murphy October 02, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Big changes could be in the future for Austin staple SXSW.

  • Odds and Sods from SXSW 2012

    By Jason Rezvan March 21, 2012

    I jetted down to Austin last week for my second ever sojourn into the amalgam of music, branding, schmoozing, and varying levels of debauchery known as SXSW. No longer a rookie yet not quite a veteran, here are some of my observations from the festival’s 26th incarnation.

  • On the Scene: Local Natives at Le Trabendo, Paris

    By Tayler Johnson March 11, 2013

    Paris, France -- Fresh off their second album release, LA-based Local Natives seemed right at home as they played to a sold out crowd in Paris last Tuesday.

  • On the Scene: St. Vincent at Terminal 5, NYC

    By Dan Murphy March 01, 2014

    New York, NY -- Annie Clark commands the NYC crowd with a robotic live show. 

  • Packing Tips for the SXSW Fashionista

    By Marjana Jaidi March 12, 2012

    I'm no stranger to music festivals - they're my favorite reason to travel, and getting dressed is half the fun. Here are my guidelines for festival dressing, paying particular attention to the unique needs of a South By Southwest fashionista.

  • Photo Gallery: Trouble & Bass SXSW Showcase

    By Marjana Jaidi March 18, 2012

    Last Saturday, Trouble & Bass gathered some of the best in bass music for a day party during South by Southwest in Austin. Featuring Drop the Lime, Plastician, The Captain, Willy Joy, Acid Jack, Deathface, Samo Sound Boy, and B. Rich.

  • Register for SXSW 2013 Now to Save

    By Laura Baker-Finch September 20, 2012

    South By Southwest may not grace us again with its presence for another 6 months, but the best time to register is quickly coming to an end! Register for SXSW 2013 before Friday, September 21, for the lowest available rate.

  • Round Three: SXSW Adds More Artists

    By Kelsey Stoulil January 11, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- SXSW announces its third wave of artists.

  • RSVP Now for the FADER FORT at SXSW

    By Cultivora March 07, 2012

    RSVPs are now open for the FADER FORT Presented by Converse at South by Southwest. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one. Performers include Santigold, Black Hippy, Zola Jesus, with many more to be announced this week via Twitter.

  • Second Round Lineup Revealed for SXSW 2015

    By Dan Murphy November 18, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Odesza, King Tuff, AWOLNATION, and Twin Shadow lead the new additions. 

  • Sup Austin?

    By Marjana Jaidi March 14, 2012

    Last night, I landed in Austin for the week of madness known as South by Southwest. I got in late, so for me, yesterday was about catching up with old friends, scoping the scene, and checking out some of the sights and sounds of Austin. Here are a few photo highlights...

  • SxSessions: Festivals + Travel with Surfer Blood, Mary C, Team Spirit, and More

    By Laura Baker-Finch April 11, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- A few of our favorite SXSW artists talk festivals and travel.

  • SXSW 2013 Programming Announced for Music, Film, and Interactive

    By Laura Baker-Finch October 22, 2012

    South by Southwest is still a few months away but, as any SXSW vet will confirm, you have to plan early. So luckily organizers have already released some of the programming for all three conference portions.

  • SXSW 2014 Confirms Interview with Sean "Diddy" Combs, Adds 700 New Bands to Lineup

    By Laura Baker-Finch January 10, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Sean "Diddy" Combs will discuss his career, both musical and entrepreneurial, at SXSW 2014.

  • SXSW 2014 in Review: The Biggest News and Craziest Moments From Austin

    By Dan Murphy March 17, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Tragedy, arrests, crazy collaborations, and more from SXSW 2014. 

  • SXSW 2014 is Open for Business: Register and Submit Now!

    By Laura Baker-Finch August 01, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- That's right, you can now register for badges and submit applications for SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive.

  • SXSW 2014 Now Accepting Band Applications

    By Maressa Levy July 09, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Always wanted to perform at SXSW? Now's your chance to get your application for 2014 in.

  • SXSW 2015 Announces First Round Lineup

    By Dan Murphy October 22, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- Courtney Barnett, The Pop Group, Jesse Ware, and Thee Oh Sees top the first round announcement.

  • SXSW 2015 Reveals 13 New Acts in Surprise SXSWfm Show

    By Laura Baker-Finch December 17, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- 13 new acts have been revealed during a SXSWfm broadcast.

  • SXSW Adds Santigold, T.I., Nas, Norah Jones, and More

    By Cultivora February 24, 2012

    Brace yourselves, South by Southwest has just added a slew of artists to its amazing lineup. The latest additions include Santigold, T.I., Nas, Norah Jones, GZA, B.o.B., Tom Morello, and more.

  • SXSW Day 2 Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 15, 2012

    We spent most of our second day camped out at THE FADER FORT presented by Converse, where we caught sets by Santigold, Danny Brown, Nick Catchdubs, and more. Check out some of our photo highlights...

  • SXSW Day 3 Photo Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 16, 2012

    Photo highlights of our third day at SXSW, featuring Walk the Moon, Neon Trees, Futurebirds, and the Fool's Gold Austin party.

  • SXSW Day 4 Photo Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 17, 2012

    Photo highlights from Friday at SXSW, featuring Terry Urban, Kimbra, The-Dream, White Rabbits, and more.

  • SXSW Friday Photo Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 19, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Photo highlights from our third day at South by Southwest, featuring Delicate Steve, Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, and Solange.

  • SXSW Heads to Vegas

    By Cultivora October 24, 2012

    This August, SXSW will bring their seminal Interactive conference to the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

  • SXSW Lineup Highlights

    By Cultivora January 16, 2012

    South By Southwest Music, happening from March 13-18 in Downtown Austin, has slowly been releasing the list of artists that will perform during the week. We're not even going to try to list them all here, but we can give you some highlights.

  • SXSW Music Releases The Band List, Round 2 for 2014

    By Laura Baker-Finch November 19, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- SXSW has announced the second round of artists who'll perform during SXSW Music, March 11-16.

  • SXSW Photo Gallery: A !!! (Chk Chk Chk) Dance Party at The Hype Hotel

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 22, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- "I Survived A !!! Photo Pit" shirts should be handed out to photographers after each !!! (Chk Chk Chk) set - to those that made it, that is.

  • SXSW Photo Gallery: Aquarium Drunkard Party at The Hype Hotel

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 20, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Aquarium Drunkard put on quite the show Wednesday night at The Hype Hotel. Click through for some shots of The Orwells, Foxygen, and Phosphorescent.

  • SXSW Photo Gallery: Saturday with METZ, Vacationer, Delicate Steve, High Highs, and More

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 26, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- The last day of South By Southwest is nothing to take for granted. Sure you're tired, sore, and most likely a little hungover but those aren't excuses for not making the most of a SXSW Saturday.

  • SXSW Photo Gallery: Solange at The Hype Hotel

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 21, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Solange's funk-infused, new wave set in addition to a special appearance by one of my personal guitar heroes Dev Hynes was the perfect way to end Friday night at SXSW. Click through the gallery for some of our favorite shots.

  • SXSW Review: The Warner Sound Showcase With Alt-J, Guards, Surfer Blood, and More

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 20, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- The Warner Sound's Thursday Showcase featured Guards, Surfer Blood, Atlas Genius, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, Alt-J, and The Flaming Lips. Needless to say it was one of our most anticipated events of SXSW.

  • SXSW Saturday Photo Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 20, 2013

    Highlights from the last official day of SXSW, including the Trouble & Bass showcase, the Fader Fort, and the legendary George Clinton. Click through to view the photo gallery.

  • SXSW Sports? Nate Silver and Bill Simmons to Headline Inaugural SXSports

    By Laura Baker-Finch October 02, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- SXSW has conquered music, interactive, film, and now... sports.

  • SXSW Thursday Photo Highlights

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 15, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Photo highlights from our second day at South by Southwest, featuring Surfer Blood, CHVRCHES, The Joy Formidable, The Flaming Lips, and more.

  • SXSW Updates for 2015

    By Laura Baker-Finch July 02, 2014

    Austin, Texas -- It's never too early to start planning for South By Southwest.

  • SXSW V2V Returns to Las Vegas in 2014

    By Laura Baker-Finch December 04, 2013

    Las Vegas, Nevada -- Here's what you need to know about the return of SXSW V2V.

  • SXSW Video: Laura Mvula Performs at the Hype Hotel

    By Marjana Jaidi March 18, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Laura Mvula blew us away with her performance at the Hype Hotel during South By Southwest. Click through to find out why.

  • SXSW Video: Lessons Learned

    By Marjana Jaidi March 19, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- We hit the streets (or in this case, the lobby of The Hilton) and asked people about the lessons they learned at South by Southwest. Click through to watch the video and lean how to improve your experience for next year.

  • SXSW Wednesday Photo Highlights

    By Marjana Jaidi March 14, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Photo highlights from our first day at South by Southwest, featuring Team Spirit, Polyphonic Spree, and more.

  • The Best Multi-Day Parties at SXSW 2014

    By Dan Murphy March 10, 2014

    Austin, TX -- Here are the best sponsors and blogs hosting multiple showcases in Austin this week. 

  • The FADER FORT Presented by Converse to Return to SXSW 2014

    By Ilana Dadras February 20, 2014

    Austin, Texas-- The FADER will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a series of featured performances, special guests, and free booze at this annual 4-day SXSW event.

  • The Must-Attend Events for SXSW

    By Laura Baker-Finch February 27, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Scouring through the endless lists of SXSW events to find the perfect ones is a daunting task - a task that we've taken upon ourselves. You're welcome.

  • Trouble & Bass to Host SXSW Showcase

    By Marjana Jaidi February 23, 2012

    Trouble & Bass, one of our favorite NYC-based record labels, is headed Austin to wreak havoc on South by Southwest with a full-day showcase on Saturday, March 17. T&B mainstays Drop the Lime and The Captain will be joined by Plastician, Deathface, Samo Sound Boy, Willy Joy, Acid Jack, and B. Rich.

  • Victory Still Sweet at Jazz and Blues Beacon

    By Rose Mardit March 13, 2012

    With nearly 200 music venues, there's a reason Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Jazz, blues, folk, country, and punk have all had heydays here. Sitting at 1104 E. 11th Street, the Victory Grill is one of the locations that has shaped the musical landscape of the city, but the journey hasn't been without its roadblocks.

  • Video Spotlight: Delicate Steve

    By Laura Baker-Finch May 09, 2013

    Steve Marion of Delicate Steve spoke with us about his inspirations, forming a band, his two albums, and the art of performing live. Click through for the video.

  • Video Spotlight: Mary C and the Stellars

    By Laura Baker-Finch June 19, 2013

    We spoke with born, bred, and based New Yorker Mary C in Austin about her inspirations, performing live, and why she went from a solo artist to a full band with the Stellars.

  • Video Spotlight: Surfer Blood

    By Laura Baker-Finch May 23, 2013

    Surfer Blood is no stranger to the festival circuit, the West Palm Beach boys have toured the globe hitting Oya, Splendour, and ATP on the way.

  • Video Spotlight: Swear and Shake

    By Laura Baker-Finch June 06, 2013

    Swear and Shake talks NYC venues, their summer festival stops, favorite drinks, and what sets festivals apart.

  • Video Spotlight: Team Spirit

    By Laura Baker-Finch April 30, 2013

    During SXSW, we had the chance to chat with Team Spirit about the band's soulful vibe and grab a few recommendations for their favorite spots around the world.

  • Waterloo Records: Austin's Music Mecca

    By Rose Mardit March 07, 2013

    Austin, Texas -- Getting ready for SXSW? Be sure to pay a visit to one of our favorite record stores.

  • [INFOGRAPHIC] The Big 5 US Festivals

    By Laura Baker-Finch March 29, 2013

    Ticketcity created an infographic comparing Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and South By Southwest - which one are you attending?