Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

Sharon Van Etten: SXSW 2012 Interview

Brooklyn's Sharon Van Etten, a veteran of many SXSW tours of duty, had a particularly powerful set at Stubbs on Wednesday night, as part of NPR Music's showcase, playing songs from her new album Tramp which dropped last month. It was a triumphant night for Van Etten and The Alternate Side will feature highlights from her set tonight, March 16, on TAS on 90.7 WFUV and streaming on the site. WFUV's Rita Houston caught up with Van Etten at Hotel San Jose in Austin and learned more about the genesis of Tramp, the wooing of The National's Aaron Dessner as producer and how New York constantly inspires her ... and kicks her butt.

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.

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