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SXSW 2011: Austra

As an armchair warrior of SXSW 2011, I’ve been glued to Twitter and the blogs for clues pointing to the buzz bands of 2011.  Fortunately, one doesn’t have to be extra sharp to pick up on the clear and present hype around Austra. Last night, tweets from two of my favorite music nuts, Amrit Singh at Stereogum and Seraphina at Buzz Bands LA, confirmed that Austra, clad in tons of glitter, ruled. (Period.)

#Trust me, you want to have Austra’s “Beat and the Pulse” (FREE via Soundcloud) on your playlist this Friday night.

Check out Stereogum’s pre-SXSW predictive post on Austra.

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FREE SXSW 2011 Mixtape from SPIN (!)

So you’re not going to SXSW this year? Fear not!  SPIN compiled a FREE 33-song mixtape from some of the top bands playing SXSW 2011, including O.M.D., Smith Westerns, The Kills, Cloud Nothings, Okkervil River, Black Lips and  27 more!

Simply  follow this link, or “like” SPIN on Facebook, then click to download. Handy tip:  if you want to re-create the SXSW experience while you listen, just dehydrate yourself completely, get a sunburn, walk about 16 miles on concrete (3/4 of them drunk), stay up until 5:30am every day for 5 days, replace all “proper” meals with double vodka sodas or double flatliners and make out with/bum cigarettes off of random people who share your taste in music.  Presto!

 

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New and Free: Saint Motel’s “Puzzle Pieces”. Get.This.NOW(!)

 

I don’t have time to write about how awesome Saint Motel is, because:  i) I have to go to work and ii) I’m too excited to get this free download into your hands to worry about couching it in a whole bunch of garbage/band history/woes etc.  If you want to read a real article about Saint Motel, use the Buzz Bands L.A. link at the lower right hand corner of this page.

Trust me. GO GET PUZZLE PIECES. Then, when the douchebag in your office begins to yammer about this ‘great little cab‘ he swilled at a wine tasting event last night, simply put in your earphones and have an internal party(!)

Other office coping strategies coming soon on sPikeR(!)’s sister blog: “i-don’t-have-a-real-job-but-i-can-imagine-one.blergspot.grr”

 

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FREE Downloads from SPIN (!)

Thanks for the FREE Downloads, SPIN (!)

Use the above link to download some great stuff by Wye Oak, Smith Westerns, Telekinesis (CAR CRASH!!), Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, Drive By Truckers, Bright Eyes and 13 others.

 

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