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Coachella 2011: Be Sure To Read The Fine Print

Coachella is just days away, and the big name acts on the festival’s lineup flier have fans dancing in anticipation. A GRAMMY winner (Arcade Fire), rock and roll royalty (Kings of Leon), arguably hip hop’s most talked about act of the year (Kanye West) and a reunited fan favorite (The Strokes) will certainly make for a stellar headline, but don’t forget to check out the fine print for smaller acts that are sure to pack just as much punch.

Trampled by Turtles
Can’t seem to shake your love of Mumford & Sons? Trampled by Turtles adds bass, guitar and mandolin to banjo and fiddle for a rounded-out, bluegrass sound. Vocals don’t quite match Marcus Mumford’s euphoric twang but we forgive them.

Freelance Whales
If you find yourself tapping your foot to that new Starbucks commercial, don’t miss Freelance Whales. Starbucks borrowed their track “Generator ^ First Floor” for the inspirational albeit slightly corny plug.

Titus Andronicus
Speed things up with the defiant New Jersey punk band. Just don’t confuse them with The Gaslight Anthem.

Phantogram samples hip hop influences with frothy electronic rock for a totally fresh sound just in time for summer.

The Joy Formidable
Perhaps one of the most anticipated acts on the indie scene, they serve up uncompromising, unapologizing rock.

City and Colour
Gearing up for a third studio album, the Canadian singer/songwriter crafts soul-sweeping songs that are delicate and deep.

The name doesn’t lie. Formerly of Format, Nate Ruess serves pop-synth songs with a theatrical element, think Queen of the future.

Marina and the Diamonds
Another indie darling, Marina and the Diamonds has paired with hip hop acts like Hoodie Allen—check out “Your Are Not A Robot”— and could be compared to female voices from Britney Spears to Florence + the Machine. Not to mention she’s smokin’.

Two Door Cinema Club
Don’t hate us for saying we were listening to this Irish rock band way back when. Influenced by everything from electronica, afro-beats, pop and rock, you’ll be dancing the whole set.

Here We Go Magic
Songs with self described melodies that can turn from “gorgeous to challenging to a little scary and back again.” Learn more right on their OurStage profile.

SXSW Preview: Here We Go Magic

With SXSW mere days away, the anticipation for the Texas showcase is building.  The larger name acts such as Frightened Rabbit and Solange Knowles are being accompanied by up-and-coming acts who are sure to make it big.  One artist, Here We Go Magic, even got SXSW’s stamp of approval as an act not to be missed.

Here We Go Magic have a sound like Yeasayer mixed with Deerhunter.  Although their sound is typical of a lot of indie bands out there now, their musical combination of all that’s hip is sure to take them far.  Their self-titled debut released last year, garnered attention and respect but was also criticized for being trendy. Still, critics couldn’t deny the band’s innate knack for the indie pop that’s blowing up college charts.

With their follow-up album’s release right around the corner, Here We Go Magic is gearing up for their second turn at SXSW and is ready to become not just another indie pop band.  Although busy with the anticipated record, the band found some time to share some crazy thoughts about the festival with OurStage.

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Home of: Buddy Holly, George W. Bush, Roy Orbison, Howard Hughes, Tommy Lee Jones, Janis Joplin, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Destiny’s Child, Dixie Chicks, At The Drive-In

Fun Facts: State flower; bluebonnet, state song; “Texas, Our Texas,” state insect; Monarch butterfly

The Venues: Everything is bigger in Texas, and music festivals are no exception. Austin hosts two of the biggest: Austin City Limits and South By Southwest.

Now in it’s 8th year, Austin City Limits features Kings of Leon, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Coheed & Cambria, Dave Matthews Band, Mos Def, Thievery Corporation, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper And Relentless7, Sonic Youth, Passion Pit and more from October 2nd to October4th in Austin’s Zilker Park, with a slew of big name after parties at the city’s many venues. If you’ve got tickets to the sold out show, be sure to check out OurStage artists The Airborne Toxic Event and Here We Go Magic.

What began as a simple music festival in 1987 has become one of the biggest music, film and interactive conferences in the world. South By Southwest (SXSW) helped launch the careers of artists like Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes, The Strokes and Lilly Allen, and features music’s current stars along with the hottest undiscovered acts. The next SXSW conference will run from March 12th to March 21st, with the music conference running from March 17th until the 21st.

Lined with quality live music venues, the legendary 6th Street has done a lot to help Austin earn the moniker “The Live Music Capital of the World.” Emo’s, located just off of 6th Street, is an Austin favorite for both locals and festival-goers because of its indoor and outdoor stages.

The Music:

BWQQUNEDCMCD-320x240White Rhino – Austin locals White Rhino play heavy, psychedelic rock that falls somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Motörhead. “Rhodesia” from their self-titled debut album is about as rock and roll as it gets. The band is currently touring around the Southwestern United State, including a stop at Emo’s with Monotonix on September 25th.

l_41a554cf3d144505bc3b9df999a66a6bOso Closo – Oso Closo’s theatrical, jazz-influenced progressive rock combines piano, string arrangements and dueling guitars. Their theatrics landed them a part in last summer’s production of Tommy at the Dallas Theater Center. Check out “Straight Out The Gate” to see why Jim Heath (The Reverend Horton Heat) and Bryce Avery (The Rocket Summer) count themselves as fans. The band is currently on tour promoting the release of their second album Today Is Beauty’s Birthday.

UMCMSIEMMXJN-320x240El Tule – Relative newcomers to OurStage, El Tule have already landed themselves a Top 10 finish in the July Latin Channel and a feature on AOL Music. “La Sirena” showcases the band’s combination of Latin, Afro-Cuban, Rock and Reggae music. El Tule’s music will be featured in the soundtrack of the upcoming film Pepe & Santo vs. America starring noted Mexican actor Rafael Amaya.

m_cbb78c5334fc41ffa077bde2edd2257bYou’re Done For – Starting a pop punk band in a city where rock and metal rule the music scene might not seem like the best idea, but that’s what the members You’re Done For did. Their plan seems to be working: the band completed a Southwest tour in 2009, picking up new fans along the way. Check out “Everybody is Listening” from their EP Shhh…Everyboy’s Listening. If you like what you hear, let them know! Your basement could be the next stop on their House Party Tour.

Check out these acts and other great Texas artists in the playlist below!

Who are your favorite OurStage Texans? Where do you like to see live music in Texas? Let us know in the comments!


Here We Go Magic is a talented troupe of musical alchemists weaving a delightful web of sounds that please the ear and challenge the mind. To grasp the real magic behind the music, you must first understand their sorcerer, Luke Temple. As Jon Pareles of the New York Times puts it, “Mr. Temple isn’t part of any particular schoolnot even that all-purpose new songwriters’ catchall, freak-folkand his private world is fascinating.”

Luke’s humble beginnings of pulling swords from stones began in 2004 as he plucked his guitar in small clubs around New York City. You may recognize his track “Saturday People” from Fall 2007 when it was a strong contender on OurStage. Back then, we were able to catch up with Luke at the CMJ Music Marathon and he wowed us with his captivating sleight of hand:

"What helps with inspiration is being uncomfortable and working with different mediums that your not as comfortable or familiar with," Luke said in the above interview. "I can get really familiar on the guitar and I could write a million sad country ballads. That's my comfort spot; I like to go back there every now and then, but I try to keep myself on my toes."

Luke must have been on his very tippy toes while working on his latest project because he takes us far, far away from his comfort zones. Listening to the tracks from the self-titled debut from Here We Go Magic, you will be hard pressed to find a single thread from a country ballad. Instead as Daytrotter puts it, “It has a feel of the cremated ashes of an old body strewn about the breezes already, dancing over grass blades and ramming into trees, disintegrating into lakes along the way, but generally still traveling as long as there’s room to travela contrast to what the words are actually asking, pleading for.”

Check out Here We Go Magic now on OurStage and if you’re in the New York area go see them live on July 3rd at South Street Seaport.


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