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Gretsch Guitars Catches up with Billy Duffy at SXSW

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Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …

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Robert Rodriguez Hosts SXSW Showcase

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Famed indie film director Robert Rodriguez and his technology partner AMD hosted a  SXSW Showcase Tuesday night at the ACL Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

Rodriguez revealed his plans to launch a production company called Quickdraw Animation, with two feature-film projects already in the works, and announced a filmmaking contest in partnership with AMD.

Logos for his recently announced El Rey Network were also prominently on display. The new Comcast television network will be designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Latino producers, celebrities and public figures.

Tuesday night’s event was also a Latin-fused rock affair with Tito and Tarantula and Chingon taking the stage.

Rodgriguez, rocking a brand new Gretsch Electromatic guitar, performed with both bands, and even took the time to introduce each song and explain why and how he used them in his movies. Scenes from some of those films —  DesperadoFrom Dusk Till Dawn and Machete — aired on a large screen behind the bands during their performances.

Tito and Tarantula’s David Garza on his Gretsch …

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The Cult Confirm 2012 Debut At SXSW

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With a new album - Choice of Weapon - due out May 22, The Cult will make its 2012 concert debut at the South By Southwest Music Festival next month, headlining Austin’s Auditorium Shores Stage on Saturday, March 17.

The appearance will be free and open to the public, and it starts at 8 p.m.

“SXSW is thrilled that The Cult is returning to play our biggest stage at Auditorium Shores,” Festival Producer Darin Klein said in a statement. “We’re excited to hear their new tunes and their classic hits. The show is free and open to the public, so everyone in Austin should get fired up for a great night of music.”

Choice is The Cult’s first new studio album in five years.  Written by founding members Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar), the effort has been said to reveal the band in its rawest state.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power,” Duffy told Noisecreep.  ”You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?”

Future tour dates will be announced on The Cult’s official website, but for now, fans can download the new track “Lucifer” here.

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The Airborne Toxic Event at SXSW

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The Airborne Toxic Event played a Friday night SXSW show at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas. Lead singer Mikel Jollett and company ran through material from their new album All At Once, due out April 26.  Check out photos below of Jollett with his Gretsch.



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Jack White Gives Surprise Parking Lot Performance

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Can’t believe this went down just around the corner from us and we missed it! Watch Jack White’s surprise performance outside his mobile Third Man Records Rolling Record Store truck, parked at a lot in Austin, Texas. The yellow-and-black truck is part record store, part recording studio and sometime on Thursday, White popped out of the mobile truck to perform two songs.

Watch below.

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