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.

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TuneCore & Swisher Sweets Austin Takeover: Saturday Night Party 3/19

It’s the last night of our Austin Takeover, and Swisher Sweets will keep the party going at the Vulcan Gas Co. for what is sure to be the only way to wrap up your weekend on Sixth Street. It’ll be a hip hop and R&B-heavy evening, and we expect it to get packed early.

Like all of our Austin Takeover events, this show’s completely free, no badge or wristband required, and features an open bar. The show goes from 8pm-2am.

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So grab a Swisher Sweet and check out this amazing line up of artists slated to hit the stage Saturday night:

Waka Flocka Flame (feat. DJ Whoo Kid)

You know his name! This Atlanta-based MC became a household name in 2009 when he dropped “O Let’s Do It” and he dropped his debut Flockaveli the following year. Waka Flocka went on to release two more studio albums, with an array of mix tapes to satisfy the masses in between. He’s even starred in his own VH1 reality show! We wait patiently for the release of his highly anticipated follow-up, Flockaveli 2, and we’re thrilled to have Waka Flocka headlining the last night of Swisher Sweets’ & TuneCore’s Austin Takeover.

Jacob Latimore

Jacob Latimore is no stranger to the spotlight. As a teenager, he began appearing in TV shows and films like One Tree Hill, The Maze Runner and Ride Along. As an R&B/pop artist, Latimore’s 2014 gobal hit single “Heartbreak Heard Around the World” solidified him in the music space. As he continues to act, perform live, and record music, TuneCore is excited to see what the future holds for Jacob Latimore.


Born and raised in New York City, YONAS got his start in music when he began studying classical violin at a young age. When he was ready to put it down, he focused his efforts on hip hop, releasing his debut mixtape The New Golden Era in 2010 (via TuneCore!). Since then, he went on to drive over 6 million views of his “Pumped Up Kicks” remix on YouTube, climb the iTunes charts with singles and albums, and share the stage with artists such as Macklemore and Wale.

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LA born and bred MC Tre Capital broke onto the scene in 2013 with the release of his debut mixtape Heaven Isn’t Far From Here. He’d go into the next year by premiering his follow-up release Gundam Pt. 1 via the hip hop taste making Complex. After Gundam Pt. 2 dropped, Tre Capital is focused on building a wider fan base and maintaining his yearly release schedule with the anticipated I Can’t Die Yet dropping March 15!


RAS is a husband and wife duo from Austin who create and perform an inspiring, high energy and positive brand of hip hop, comfortably applying the sounds of other genres to make their music pop. RAS has shared the stage and opened for artists K’Naan, KRS-ONE, Wu Tang, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and Nas, and it’s no surprise they were able to nab the “Band Of the Year” win two years in a row courtesy of the Austin Music Awards in 2014 and 2015.


Alternative R&B artist R.LUM.R headed to Nashville recently and wound up having a huge 2015. His debut single “Show Me” quickly made it’s way around the blogosphere. R.LUM.R’s sound has been described as “a combination of narrative-driven lyrics over progressive alternative R&B production.” After climbing the global Spotify charts last year, we’re looking forward to R.LUM.R’s progress through 2016.


A self-proclaimed “student of musical truth”, this talented MC also garnered the attention of Javotti Media head Talib Kweli. NIKO IS was born in Rio De Janeiro, and his Brazilian influences shine through in his music. Funny, raw, and thoughtful, NIKO IS’ debut full length BRUTUS was released in February of last year to much acclaim. Check out a cut off that below:


Born and based in Chicago, K’Valentine is an up-and-coming MC who dove into the genre of hip hop at an early age. Absorbing everything about the culture and excelling in academically and in the arts, K’Valentine moved from writing poetry to stepping into the booth. She linked with Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media imprint after her first two mix tapes, and released her third, Million Dollar Baby soon after. Check out her latest single below:


A high-energy hip hop trio, Atlanta-based Goldyard consists of A.T, In-Doe and Producer Flick James. In the spring of 2015, they released F**k Culture 2, the follow-up to their 2014 EP of the same title. Fans can expect a third installment in the F**k Culture series this year. Goldyard has shared the stage with current hip hop stars and has a reputation for active, intense live performances.


“Bingx is energy incarnate. Between his singing  and rapping, he reaches a demographic untapped by most of his peers. Lightning   fast lyricism accompanied by melodic wordplay with a dash of grunge inspired   vocals put Bingx in a whole new category, he would say ” I’m not a rapper. I’m   not a singer. I’m a musician. We are who we choose to be, and my vision of   myself is always adapting. Growth is a necessity. “”

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”

Wednesday Video Diversion: March 2, 2016

Well, people, we made it out of February. They even added an extra day this year! But with spring in our sights, and an absolutely solid line up of artists in place for tonight’s TuneCore Live in Atlanta, we’re in the mood to kick back and watch some music videos. Care to join us?

Nick Bean, “Bubble Gum Girl”

Sammy Adams, “Remember”

Baby E, “Finessin Remix (feat. Lil Wayne)”

Soundstatues, “In the Face of Injustice”

YONAS, “Hello (feat. Living in Fiction)”

Nick Grant, “Royalty (feat. Cyhi The Prynce)”

EarthGang, “Momma Told Me (feat. J.I.D.)”

India Shawn, “Let Me Show You (Re-WERC)”

Buggs Tha Rocka, “Celebration For Us (feat. Moxy Monster)”

Artist Breakdown: TuneCore Live Atlanta @ Music Room

Hot off the heels of a tremendously successful TuneCore Live at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville, we’re riding high on the love from our Southern fans and artists. For the first time since we brought it down to A3C Fest in October, TuneCore Live is hitting the Music Room in Atlanta on March 2nd, 2016 – which, incidentally, is also Georgia Music Day!

“Three TuneCore Artists?” you may be asking. Nope, try EIGHT! It’s gonna be a long night of amazing independent hip hop and R&B, and we’re psyched to be partnering with our friends at A3C FestivalCeleBuzz and Mirrored Media to give these artists the opportunity to showcase their skills, share the stage with fellow locals, and network with their TuneCore family and others in the Atlanta scene.

So come on out and get to know us! We’ll be hanging at 8pm, the event is free and 21+. Learn more here, and read about the artists performing below.

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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.


Born and raised in New York City, Yonas got his start in music when he began studying classical violin at a young age. When he was ready to put it down, he focused his efforts on hip hop, releasing his debut mixtape The New Golden Era in 2010 (via TuneCore!). Since then, he went on to drive over 6 million views of his “Pumped Up Kicks” remix on YouTube, climb the iTunes charts with singles and albums, and share the stage with artists such as Macklemore and Wale.

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.

India Shawn

LA-born and raised India Shawn dropped her debut release, Origins, back in 2012, and went on to be featured on Solange Knowles’ “Saint Heron” compilation. On top of working with artists like Chris Brown, El Debarge, Keri Hilson, and Monica, India released her pop-fused R&B EP Origins, a collaboration with James Fauntleroy, in 2015. Read an interview that we featured on the TuneCore Blog.


A high-energy hip hop trio, Atlanta-based Goldyard consists of A.T, In-Doe and Producer Flick James. In the spring of 2015, they released F**k Culture 2, the follow-up to their 2014 EP of the same title. Fans can expect a third installment in the F**k Culture series this year. Goldyard has shared the stage with current hip hop stars and has a reputation for active, intense live performances.

Mighty High Coup

Consisting of Mr. SOS, Ricky Raw, and A-Bomb – Mighty High Coup got together through performing and partying in Atlanta’s hip hop scene and have been distributing music through TuneCore since their debut, To The Moon in 2010. After that release, their track “808” received the remix treatment from legendary dubstep producer Bassnectar – which opened up doors into the EDM/house music/rave world.

Natasha Mosley

ATL-born and raised, Natasha Mosley is a rising R&B artist who has been featured on tracks with Lil Wayne, Jeremih, YG, and Tyga. Releasing her debut full length, Rose Hall, in May of last year, her single “Anything” (stream below) has racked up over 7 million plays on Soundcloud and 2 million streams on YouTube!

Nick Grant
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Atlanta-based up-and-comer Nick Grant grew up in a town of only 5,000 in South Carolina, and it’s there that he learned how to stand out. When he discovered his abilities to rhyme, it consumed him, and eventually caught the attention of the right hip hop figures. Taking notes from the legends like Big Daddy Kane and Rakim, Grant dropped his latest mix tape, 88, in early 2016.

Wednesday Video Diversion: July 22, 2015

You know you’re apart of an ever-changing industry when the universe suddenly decides to pick ONE day for new releases! As such, our long running, weekly “New Music Tuesday” blog has moved to Friday, leaving many of you wondering, “But…but…what about TCVideoFridays?! WHERE WILL I GO TO BE DISTRACTED BY AWESOME VIDEOS?” Well, not MTV. (This thing on?)

Introducing your mid-week, humpday distractor now living on the TuneCore Blog: Wednesday Video Diversion! Whether you’re on the bus, sitting behind a desk, or waiting on your drummer to show up to rehearsal, go ahead and get lost in the audio/visual goodness each week as we present random round-ups of TuneCore Artist music videos! Without further ado…

Bugzy Malone, “Watch Your Mouth”

Kita Klane, “Fingerprints”

Madyx, “Some Kisses”

YONAS, “Night Is Young”

The Lacs, “God Bless a Country Girl”

Young Paris, “The Haus”

Paul Nagra, “Paranda (feat. Sardool Sikander)”

Bash, “Body”

Yujen, “Try It Over”

NoMBe, “California Girls”