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Heads up Austin — do you know any young people that want to learn to DJ or write music? We’re hosting a free workshop at our house on Saturday, March 8th.

Check out the lineup and RSVP here!

The fifth and final day of Spotify House had our fans dancing in the Austin sunshine right until the last song was played.

Gregory Alan Isakov started the day for us on a chill vibe, playing a toned down set filled with stunning vocals that drew a large crowd to our yard including one passerby who was stopped in his tracks by the music and remarked loudly “Wow!”

The fans didn’t budge once the set was over and the audience urged Isakov to keep playing. It didn’t take much convincing and the band quickly unpacked their instruments to play “The Stable Song”.

The Jane Doze were DJing from our porch throughout the day and played a steady stream of Britney Spears, Ke$ha, and Beyonce in between our live sets.

Wallpaper. brought the party to a peak with songs that seemed to have been written for and about SXSW with lyrics like “Seriously, it’s like the best night ever”. Lead singer Ricky Reed ran around our backyard, high fiving everyone he could get to before jumping back on stage to rock out with the rest of the band in a performance that had us all smiling and wishing that the week would never end.

Sidewalk traffic outside of the house came to a standstill when “America’s Most Talented Kids” winner Tori Kelly began playing in our front yard. Following Isakov’s lead, Kelly treated her fans to an encore following her innovative covers of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” and Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” which Mashable had just yesterday declared as being better than the original.

Diamond Rings was our final act of SXSW 2013 and he closed out this year from our front porch while wearing our signature green Spotify headphones. Groups of people gathered around and sang along to every song he remixed in his electro-pop style.

We’re closing the doors on an epic week and couldn’t thank all of the bands and fans that stopped by to discover new music with us this week. And a special thanks to all of our friends at Cenote, Cuvee, VitaCoco, Coca-Cola, Pop Chips, Bacardi, Miller, and KIND for keeping our guests fed and hydrated in the Texas heat.

We’ll see ya’ll next year!

SXSW is almost upon us and we can’t wait to step into the Southern sunshine and p.a.r.t.y!

With all the crazy festivities in Austin, it’s sometimes a challenge to keep up with all the gigs, venues and artists to watch and so we thought we’d help SXSW newbies and Music aficionados alike with our Musical Guide to SXSW

Our fun Foursquare list will guide you to some of our favorite go-to places in Austin! Check it out here. Don’t have Foursquare yet? Get started at foursquare.com.

What’s more, there’s an awesome SxSpotify Foursquare badge up for grabs for those out and about. There are three ways to get kitted with our exclusive badge:

What’s a badge without some cool goodies? The first 20 people every day  to show their badges at the Spotify House will get their hands on some custom Spotify and AIAIAI headphones. On Wednesday 3/13, those 20 lucky badge-holders will also get entry to our massive Spotify Live show - just present your badge to us at the Spotify House to get on the VIP list. 

Looking forward to see y’all at SXSW! 

SXSW 2013 is almost here! With compelling daytime programming and stellar nighttime showcases, it’s no wonder that the Conference has a reputation as the biggest and most anticipated convergence of all things music! With so many incredible acts descending on Austin, we wanted to help highlight some of the most buzzed about bands. Check out these awesome “Artist to Watch” playlists curated by the music experts at Pitchfork, Boiler Room, NME and AllHipHop.com along with some general SXSW picks.

Now tell us, who are you most excited to see in Austin this year?

SXSW Picks

Pitchfork Selects

Boiler Room Selects

FILTER Magazine’s Picks

NME Selects

AllHipHop.com Picks

Spotify House at SXSW, March 11-15

We’re heading back to Austin to reopen the doors of our Big Green Spotify House! We’ll have daily performances, food, giveaways and more… so if you’re at SXSW, stop by and see us. 

Watch this space for the artist line-up. In the meantime, RSVP to get priority House access, and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways!

Missed out on SXSW this year? Catch up on all the action of Spotify in Austin here!

Spotify Live Headliner A$AP Rocky not only got the crowd even more hyped — he brought the party onstage.

Watch the New York rapper perform one of his most popular hits, “Peso,” as his crew and and some of the audience join him near the mic.

Fanfarlo
Fanfarlo’s indie-pop sound warmed up the Spotify House living room. Watch them deconstruct their track “Deconstruction” in their Spotify Session below.

Dry The River
U.K. folk five-piece Dry the River stopped by to perform a barebones version of their orchestral tune “Bible Belt,” using acoustic instruments and a Casio keyboard. The song is from the band’s debut LP due in April, but you can check it out in their Spotify Session right here.

Singer-songwriter Patrick Watson packed the Spotify House with a moving set that got us all singing along.

Check out his Spotify Session right here!