Spinner.com to Host Free Shows at SXSW

Posted by at 11:09 am on March 9, 2010

AOL Music’s Spinner.com has announced that it anticipates that Broken Bells will headline the first of a series of free pop-up shows in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival (March 17-21) with additional shows by Rogue Wave, VV Brown and Rival Schools. The four free pop-up shows will be held at undisclosed locations around Austin beginning March 17. The show times and locations will be revealed the day of the show on Spinner.com, AOL Music’s SXSW hub, Spinner’s Facebook fan page and to Spinner/SXSW Twitter followers. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy the performances virtually, with two songs from each show being available for free streaming on the site the next day.

“These shows will bring to life the essence of Spinner, a site that encourages music exploration and discovery,” said Mike Spinella, AOL Music’s head of label relations. “From parking lots to popular restaurants, these pop-up shows will offer music fans a real-life and virtual front-row seat to some of the most buzzed-about and relevant bands that we’re proud to work closely with.”

The newly formed Broken Bells, featuring artist/producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and James Mercer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Shins, will make their SXSW debut on March 17 to kick off the first of four Spinner pop-up shows slated in a myriad of venues ranging from a parking lot to a popular eatery. The band will perform selections from its self-titled debut album to be released on March 9.

Additional performers include Bay Area indie rock favorite Rogue Wave on March 18, who will perform selections from their forthcoming fourth full-length album, Permalight, VV Brown, a British singer/songwriter/producer who will perform songs from her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, on March 19, and Rival Schools, a post-hardcore band hailing from New York, on March 20.

The day after each show, Spinner will debut two performances from each concert in an Interface: Live From Austin edition. In addition, AOL Music’s SXSW hub will provide on-the-ground updates, news and photos coming out of this year’s festival.

“South by Southwest is an international gathering for in-the-know fans and industry executives,” said Melissa Olund, managing editor of AOL Music. “We’re looking to provide a comprehensive editorial companion for those lucky enough to be in Austin, as well as for music lovers around the world.”

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