Get Some Protein from Sunflower Bean

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you don’t find music, music finds you. In the case of Sunflower Bean (E: “Beam?” Me: “Like black or pinto — Bean.” E: “I don’t trust Chipotle anymore.”), I felt more seduced than found. A friend floated their name past me: “They have a song called ...

[Interview] Scanners

  During SXSW we had a chance to sit down with Dim Mak representatives Scanners, who have recently put out their newest EP Mexico, which was released right before they hit Austin.  Their third time at the mega industry fest, we discussed electronic influences, working with Steve Aoki and staying DIY. MTIB: How has the rise ...

Brendan Benson at Rachael Ray’s SXSW Day Party

You guys probably already know that we’re big fans of Brendan Benson, so when Rachael Ray invited us to her private SXSW party to hear him play, we were there. (Disclaimer: Rachael did not invite us personally, it was worked out through a press agent. Rachael never even returns our calls anymore. What’s up with ...

Yawn at MyMusicRX’s Party

MyMusicRX is a non-profit company that aims to soothe hospitalized children through bedside music therapy and cancer research fundraising. Artists feature tracks on itunes, that raise 5% of sales to go towards cancer research. We were lucky enough to be invited to their private brunch and see a performance by blog loved Chicago indie band, ...

Brother Ali at First Avenue/ The Current’s Day Party

When it comes to homegrown hip-hop on a national scale, Minneapolis is particularly lucky to host one of the largest independent labels in the country, Rhymesayers. As usual they had a strong presence at SXSW. My favorite performance by a Rhymesayer’s artist this year was Brother Ali. Sporting a new 7 piece band, his stage ...

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