Beck Eyes A Starry Song Reader Collection

Although Beck unconventionally released his Song Reader album in 2012 as sheet music, the collection of tunes will finally receive a recorded release on July 29 via Capitol. The all-star cadre of collaborators warbling Beck songs includes Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Tweedy, Laura Marling, Jason Isbell, Norah Jones, Swamp Dogg, Jack Black and others. Beck himself will sing just one song on the album, "Heaven's Ladder."

Spanish Prisoners: SXSW 2012 Blog, Day Two

The Alternate Side salutes Spanish Prisoners' frontman Leo Maymind for being so diligent with his SXSW blog, especially with their two-gig schedule today, March 16. The Bushwick band took a slight detour from their current tour to take on Austin's annual week-of-chaos to showcase their dreamily handsome debut album, Gold Fools. Spanish Prisoners, who have the BirdDog promo show earlier this afternoon, play Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie at Crowbar at 9 p.m. CT tonight and on Saturday, March 17, they play Boston in Austin at the Treehouse Pub at 7 p.m. CT.

AU: SXSW 2012 Blog

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After a somewhat lengthy hiatus, the Portland, Oregon, duo of AU — Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka — will finally release their gritty, gorgeous and heart-accelerating third album, Both Lights, via Hometapes/The Leaf Label on April 3. The pair are in the thick of the SXSW scrum at the moment, with a very busy three-gig day today, March 16, with shows at the Terroreyes Day Party (4:45 p.m. CT), STOUH By SMES Shout 2 (8:45 p.m. CT) and the Redefine Magazine Party (10:45 p.m.). The Alternate Side asked if AU could blog about their Austin walkabout and Wyland kindly obliged.

Spanish Prisoners: SXSW 2012 Blog

Brooklyn's Spanish Prisoners have taken a detour from their current tour to dip into chaos of SXSW and, thanks to frontman Leo Maymind, they'll be spilling all (well, some) of their Austin secrets via a blog for The Alternate Side. The Bushwick quartet, who recently self-released their dreamily handsome debut album, Gold Fools, are slated to play the Paper Garden Records and My Old Kentucky Blog showcase at Uncorked Tasting Room and Wine Bar in Austin, today, March 15, at 5:15 p.m. CT with three more gigs to follow Friday and Saturday.

Exitmusic: SXSW 2012 Blog

New York's own Exitmusic, the beguiling duo of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, finally release their beautifully temperamental debut album, Passage, on May 22 via Secretly Canadian. The Alternate Side asked Palladino, who also stars on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," if she'd keep a blog for us detailing some of Exitmusic's Austin discoveries. Check out the blog, Palladino's photos and the track "Passage," from their soon-to-be-released album, after the jump.

SXSW 2012: A Guide For First-Time Visitors To Austin's Music Madness

The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali is a veteran of several SXSW music festivals, but for first-time visitors, the overcrowded experience of badges, barbecues and which cool bands to catch can be a little daunting. On a stroll down Austin's busy 6th Street, Alisa offers a beginner's guide to one of the world's most esteemed — and beer-and-burrito-fueled — music festivals.

Live Video from SXSW 2012

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Live video of shows and the Bruce Springsteen keynote from SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas.

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