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DAY 3 Recap: TuneCore Austin Takeover 2016

During the final day of TuneCore’s 2016 Austin Takeover, we handed the reigns over to our friends at Swisher Sweets. While Swisher’s promotional squad, the Sweeties were at every event this week giving out free samples to very grateful patrons, Saturday, March 19th was truly a Swisher Sweet Takeover at the Vulcan Gas Company.

And boy did they pack a punch with the lineups!

Day Party

A red carpet, tons of photo opps, and all the Swisher Sweets swag you could get, SXSW-attendees may have been getting tired, but not enough to skip our festivities.

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One of the most impressive sets of the day came early from TuneCore Artist Fantastic Negrito, who you may remember from last year when he and his band rocked out in the soda aisle for Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions.

Taylor Bennett

Chicago’s Taylor Bennett (brother of Chance The Rapper) treated an enthusiastic crowd to cuts off of 2015’s excellent Broad Shoulders, and while many in the audience came for hip hop, Miya Folick attracted a whole new crowd of fans with her Cat Power-like brand of indie folk.

Buggs Tha Rocka

TuneCore familiar face and Cincinnati’s own Buggs Tha Rocka sported hot shades and made the stage his with high-energy rhymes over spacey stoned beats.


Fans waited all afternoon for the legendary MC Talib Kweli to hit the stage, and he, too, did not disappoint. Playing a captivating and energetic set, Vulcan attendees were treated a combination of new songs and old favorites, dating back to his debut release.

Talib Kweli

Always the hip hip mentor, Talib brought out some of his protege acts – Space Invadaz, K’Valentine, and NIKO IS – out on stage to join him. It was like a party within a party.


Andy Allo, who similarly rocked out for Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions last year, kicked out the jams, alternating between acoustic and electric guitars and carrying the set with her incredible voice and performance abilities. Her mix of pop, soul and rock made the for a perfect end to the day’s festivities. Now it was time to get ready for a whole new show.

Night Party

When you put Waka Flocka Flame as the headliner of your last show during SXSW, people are going to show up early. That was the case as we opened the doors of the Vulcan Gas Company and let eager fans flood in from 6th Street.

Bingx Flippin

Knowing it was most folks’ last night in town, each and every artist on the bill brought their all. Goldyard, Tre Capital and Bingx all brought their sets to the people by jumping into the crowd to soak up the love. Bingx, in fact, decided to show off his acrobatic skills as seen above.


Local favorites/husband and wife duo Riders Against the Storm showed us all how Austin does it, and teen heartthrob Jacob Latimore brought a female fan on stage to serenade her. K’Valentine and NIKO IS shared a DJ (eventually leading to a Talib Kweli second round appearance), and Yonas performed cuts from his last EP Going Places and his new mixtape The English Architect.


Perhaps one of the most captivating sets of the night came from TuneCore Artist and Nashville-newcomer R.LUM.R.

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Drawing comparisons to the Weeknd, the soulful indie performer treated the crowd to his first full-band set, and even joined in on the fun by taking selfies mid-set with fans. An encore was eventually demanded.


Headliner Waka Flocka Flame gave the set of his life – nearly 2 hours – and turned the Vulcan into a shaking house party. Playing old favorites and new cuts, Waka didn’t hold back on intensity and energy. We couldn’t think of a better way to end a 14-hour Swisher Sweets Takeover!


Want more? Check out photo galleries from both events below – you may even spot yourself! Plus be sure to catch Recaps from Thursday and Friday.

Day Party Photo Gallery:

Night Party Photo Gallery:

TuneCore & Swisher Sweets Austin Takeover: Saturday Day 3/19

After an epic Friday night, our pals at Swisher Sweets are presenting a whole day of artists curated by the folks behind the amazing Swisher Sweets Artist Project. Hip hop, R&B, and pop – the Vulcan Gas Co. is going to be packed for this afternoon of music.

As with all of TuneCore’s Austin Takeover events, all of this is completely free, no badge or wristband required, and of course, features an open bar. The show goes from 12pm-6pm.

RSVP via Do512 here!

And they brought out the big guns – take a look and listen at the artists you can expect to catch on this fine Saturday:

Talib Kweli

A household name across fans of all music genres, Talib Kweli has been a leader in the socially-conscious hip hop space for the past two decades. On top of his lyrical prowess and focus on spirituality, positivity, and intelligence, Kewli also founded the independent label Javotti Media. His six solo releases and his collaborations with Mos Def (Black Star), Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal) and others have made him a true fixture and model of success in the world of independent hip hop.

Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito (aka Xavier Dphrepaulezz) is an Oakland-raised musician and songwriter who has wowed critics over the past year with his fusion of blues, soul, roots and rock. Landing placements on TV shows like The Good Wife and Vampire Diaries and winning the viral NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” contest certainly haven’t hurt Dphrepaulezz’s reach and ability to strike a chord with fans. TuneCore was psyched to feature Fantastic Negrito in a 2015 episode of Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions, and we are looking forward to his upcoming release, The Last Days of Oakland – hear the first single off of it below to hold yourself over!

Andy Allo

Andy Allo is truly a jack of all trades: on top of being an accomplished singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, the Cameroonian-born artist also dabbles in modeling and television acting. Andy’s albums dance the lines of pop, funk and rock, and her pleasant, soulful voice floats smoothly over a variety of instrumental arrangements.

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Formed by MCs Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot while in high school in 2007, EarthGang drew on influences both in and outside of hip hop to craft a southern sound that lends itself to Pharcyde comparisons. On top of touring with acts like Mac Miller and Ab-Soul, the duo have released two EPs and three full-length albums, their most recent being November 2015’s Strays With Rabies.

Taylor Bennett
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20-year old Chicago-based MC Taylor Bennett began rhyming in high school alongside Save Money Crew members like Vic Mensa and Towkio, and has come long way since. Brother of Chance the Rapper, Taylor has shown his ability to carry the torch in his own unique way, building a following with singles like “Happy Place” and “Broad Shoulders”, off of his debut release of the same title. He’s opened for YG, Nas and Curren$y and remains active in the community he grew up in.

Miya Folick

LA-based alternative artist Miya Folick creates buzzing, often dark but always captivating grunge-y folk songs. Lot of adjectives, sure, but her 2015 EP Strange Darling has drawn critical praise from the likes of Noisey, Bob Boilen (CMJ) and Pigeons and Planes, and Folick has been compared to Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrisette and PJ Harvey. Hear the self-titled single off of her EP below.

Buggs Tha Rocka
Buggs Tha Rocka

Based in Cincinnati where he grew up, Buggs Tha Rocka trades in the gangsta rap appeal for amusing and conscious rhymes placed nicely over eclectic beats. One-half of the duo Space Invadaz and founder of hip hop-jazz fusion group Gold Shoes, Buggs’ ability to innovate and spit garnered the attention of Talib Kweli, who invited the MC to join him on tour.

Treize Kush
Treize Kush

We’ll let Treize Kush explain himself in his own words:
“I am very competitive and lazy. I am very passive towards most things unless it can cause harm to my family, money, and myself. I’m extremely aggro in the creative outlets I use to express myself in.”

Wednesday Video Diversion: March 9, 2016

We’re only a week out from SXSW, one the music industry’s biggest showcases of amazing indie talent from all corners of the world. But we see you out there – gazing at the screen of your mobile device or desktop, dreaming of tacos and BBQ and loud music, wishing you could be there now. Well, you can’t. But here’s some awesome music videos from TuneCore Artists that are making the trip next week!

Miya Folick, “I Got Drunk”

Rob $tone, “Chill Bill (feat. J. Davis & Spooks)”

Deap Vally, “Royal Jelly”

Yuck, “Middle Sea”

NIKO IS, “Mos Def Rap”

Holy Esque, “Hexx”

Buggs Tha Rocka, “Bad Habits”

EarthGang, “Liquor Sto’ (feat. Marian Mereba)”

Andy Allo, “Don’t Ever Say”

YONAS, “Live It Up”

TuneCore Artists To Be Honored at Hollywood Music In Media Awards

Independent artists toil everyday to perfect their craft, whether they’ve been performing for years and have serious music industry experience or they just released their first single on iTunes. Everyone knows it isn’t easy trying to crack into the business, book tours, lock down press features, and secure licenses for TV and film. Even as independent music in general is somewhat of a hot commodity in media, how often do we get the chance to truly celebrate those artists who are in the midst of their climb to success?

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) is Hollywood’s premier award show honoring musical excellence in visual media, the music of mainstream and emerging artists around the globe. In it’s 6th year, it’ll take place on November 11, 2015 at the legendary Fonda Theater and be hosted by Ron Pearson.

So, why are we so hyped about the Hollywood Music in Media Awards this year? Well, five artists will be honored with the first-ever Independent Excellence Award, and two of those happen to be TuneCore Artists Fantastic Negrito and Andy Allo!

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Both highlighted in TuneCore and Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions earlier this year, we’re absolutely thrilled and beyond proud to announce this news. Andy and Negrito may play different styles – pop and blues respectively – they are both tremendous examples of the types of talented, hardworking independent artists who use TuneCore for digital distribution and music publishing administration.

An additional congrats is in order for reggae/dub TuneCore Artists Stick Figure, who have been nominated for their song “Choice Is Yours (feat. Slightly Stoopid)”!

After Party

After the awards ceremony, Andy Allo and fellow TuneCore Artist Tiffany Alvord will be performing at the VIP after party event, hosted by Bompopradio’s Dylan Berry and America’s Next Top Model Lisa D’Amato!

The Hollywood Music In Media Awards have been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as,”The annual celebration of music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers is one of the better predictors of the best original score and best original song Golden Globe and Oscar categories.” So please join us in congratulating Andy Allo, Fantastic Negrito and Stick Figure – and keep an eye out for pics from the night!

Latest News From TuneCore Publishing

It’s been a muggy August here in Brooklyn, but naturally our Music Publishing Administration team in Burbank continue to comfortably work their tails off! Take a look at some of our latest news from our west coast team. If you’re curious about our Music Publishing Administration services, check us out!


Screen_Shot_2015-08-11_at_6.52.22_PMThe incredibly successful reggae band, Stick Figure, was formed by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Scott Woodruff. Since 2006, Stick Figure, has released five full-length albums including the TuneCore Music Publishing administered album, Burial GroundBurial Ground reached number #1 on both the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts, and has gained millions of plays on Spotify since its debut.

After Woodruff formed a live band in 2012, Stick Figure has shared the stage with such reggae artists as Rebelution and Tribal Seeds. Currently, Stick Figure is joining Slightly Stoopid and The Dirty Heads on a U.S national tour and is slated to play the inaugural KAABOO Festival in San Diego this fall.


Cameroon-born, pop singer-songwriter and former member of Prince’s New Power Generation band, Andy Allo, released her newest EP and PledgeMusic funded project, Hello, in April of this year. Hello reached 143% of the goal amount through PledgeMusic, and Allo chose to donate 10% of the excess proceeds to the charity, Invisible Children. Her newest EP, which TuneCore Music Publishing is proud to administer, is the follow-up to her 2012 release, Superconductor, which was executive-produced by Prince.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Allo also is both an actress and model and has been in various commercials and ad campaigns. Allo also recently surprised fans with an intimate, impromptu performance in a convenience store on an episode of TuneCore’s and Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions.


In addition to our Sync & Master Licensing Database, our creative team continuously works to place TuneCore administered copyrights across all visual media. Recent pitches include music for November Criminals starring Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz, several TV shows including Red Oaks and Dating Naked, and a trailer for the film, I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman.


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“The Wild Life”
Writer: Carlos Sosa
Artist: Outasight
“Hip Hop Jazz Drum Solo”
Writers: Robert Silverman,   Michael Silverman
Artist: Anthem Drums
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“Dopaminex – Dance of the Sugar plum Fairy (Hip Hop Remix)”
Writer: Med Shaw
Artist: Dopaminex


TuneCore stays current on industry news to make sure we’re the first to know how new legislation and deals will affect our writers. Here are links to recent articles you need to know about:

The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing

9 Music Supervisors Sound off on Getting Your Music Into Film & TV

Andy Allo Plays Live in a Convenience Store!

Ever wander into a gas station convenience store for a quick soda or snack only to find none other than Prince’s former protégé, Andy Allo and her band performing a new song in one of the aisles? No? Well you can check out some folks who did in LA during our second episode of our “Convenience Store Sessions”, brought to you by the Swisher Sweets Swisher Artist Project:

The Swisher Sweets’ Swisher Artist Project is an ongoing initiative to provide artists with unique opportunities to create, share and pursue their passion. And let’s not forget about the fans – the Swisher Artist Project allows fans to be at the forefront of what’s new and emerging in the world of music, the arts and entertainment. That means going beyond just sharing new music with the world – artists get the chance to showcase their talents in experiential settings that music fans will enjoy and remember. We’ve been working closely with Swisher Sweets to present TuneCore Live each month in 2015, and we’re psyched to be rocking with them!

You can keep up with all of the cool opportunities and content that Swisher Sweets is rolling out for the Swisher Artist Project by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and of course stay tuned with our upcoming TuneCore Live events here.