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Indie breakouts Ivan & Alyosha did us the honor of opening our Spotify House festivities with a taut set of modern power pop, even braving a temporary sound glitch with an improvised acoustic performance.

Check out their exclusive Spotify Session here!

Warming up Spotify Live for Kendrick Lamar, this alt pop combo blew folks away with their set list and high energy stage show. “We Come Running” indeed!

Introduce your ears to Youngblood Hawke's killer Spotify Session right here!

"Chocolate" by The 1975, a recent Spotify viral chart hit, is but one of three tracks the boys served up in Jim Eno’s studio. Lucky attendees were also treated to a preview of some incredible new tunes from their upcoming album.

Get their Spotify Session here!

Photo credit: Dominick Mastrangelo

Tom Odell and band hijacked the porch of the Spotify House to deliver an emotional set and got all the ladies swooning.

Fall in love with his Spotify Session here.

Twenty One Pilots but only two members. They had already blown away the assembled Spotify House crowd before they took to the audience for a riotous drum-off finale.

Their Spotify Session is sure to get you moving. Tune in here.

Slated for a late night Session with Jim Eno, Joe Banfi, signed to the Mumfords’ label, turned out all the lights and turned in a gorgeous version of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” 

Get his exclusive Spotify Session here!


Photo credit: Dominick Mastrangelo

For SXSW 2013, Spotify once again teamed up with Spoon drummer and acclaimed producer Jim Eno to chair exclusive, full-band Sessions at his Public Hi-Fi Studios.

Jim captured breakout artists such as Frank Turner, Joe Banfi, Haim, The 1975, Willy Moon, Palma Violets, The Neighbourhood and Half Moon Run, who ended up putting one track from the Session on their debut album.

Check it all out here with intimate commentary from Jim! 

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!

A mix of bands and artists representing almost every genre turned out for Day Four of Spotify House.

British folk singer Tom Odell warmed up the audience from our front porch where his piano had been placed in perfect view of our growing crowd.

Immediately after his set, our hungry guests ran to greet the Chilantro food truck out back. Burritos, tacos and kimchi fries revived the masses and provided the energy needed to rock out with us for the rest of the day.

So-Cal indie-pop duo Pacific Air had a crowd mixed with fans and bands whose albums you can find on Spotify, including Semi Precious Weapons and Saints of Valory. Ra Ra Riot also came by to support their tour mates in between their own shows.

Our rockstar DJ from last night’s Spotify Live event, Hesta Prynn, was on hand for most of the day, serving as our house DJ and mixing together some of our favorite party classics.

DJs Sean Glass and Flight Facilities took over the reins from Prynn to finish out Day Four with two hours packed with hits from every genre and era of music.

If you haven’t come by yet, tomorrow is your last day to check out Spotify House so make sure you squeeze us into your SXSW schedules! Doors open at noon and we’ll be keeping the music flowing until the very last minute with Gregory Alan Isakov, Tori Kelly, Diamond Rings, and Wallpaper.

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 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 Picks