If you’re in Austin for SxSW, and you haven’t yet put your name on our RSVP list for the 2014 Bonfire Sessions kick-off in Austin…what are you waiting for?!

We’ve got one of the best lineups of the festival with sets from Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, Gardens & Villa, and Natural Child. Did we mention that beverages are free? That’s right- on us!

Click here to RSVP. You must RSVP to attend!

Set times as follows:

9PM: Natural Child

10PM: Gardens & Villa

11PM: Cloud Nothings

Midnight: Kurt Vile

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JanSport at SXSW

March 4, 2014   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments
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Grab a free download from White Like Fire

February 26, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments

Check out the latest single from our JanSport Battle of the Bands winners White Like Fire by downloading it for free below.

You can learn more about the band and check out their upcoming tour dates (including a stop in Austin to play our official SXSW day party) on their official site.

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The Bonfire Sessions are back

February 25, 2014   |   Events, Music, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

The Bonfire Sessions are back for 2014 with events in five cities across North America. We’re kicking off the year in Austin alongside the annual SXSW music festival.

Join us at Cheer Up Charlies (formerly Club De Ville) on Wednesday, March 12th for a stellar showcase featuring Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, and Gardens & Villa. The party kicks off at 8pm and we’ll be keeping the Bonfire Sessions tradition alive with on-the-house beverages [...] Read More >



A huge congratulations to the guys in White Like Fire on their win!  We’re super psyched to have these guys perform down in Austin in March at our SXSW day party!

From the guys:

“We’re proud of our fans for being ever-stalwart in their resolution, and grateful to Sonicbids and JanSport for quarterbacking this big break. To us, y’all are bigger than Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl,” says guitarist/vocalist Blake Clawson

Stay tuned this week and we’ll be sharing more from White Like Fire including a [...] Read More >



Big City Mountaineers Spotlight

February 21, 2014   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

Every month, JanSport Unzipped highlights a story from one of our favorite organizations Big City Mountaineers (BCM), who transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills.

TONY

Prior to sixteen-year old Tony’s BCM expedition last summer, he had never experienced the wilderness, let alone high elevation.  Tony comes from a community where high school drop-out rates are alarmingly high and most kids never experience life outside their urban neighborhoods.

On the summit day the group scrambled over boulders, granite slabs [...] Read More >



Learn more about our top ten artists

February 21, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments

The votes are in and our top 100 has been whittled down to the top 10. See who made the cut, listen to some tunes, and sit tight; we’ll be announcing our winner Monday!

Check out the top 10 here. 

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Thanks For Voting!

February 20, 2014   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

Voting for the 6th Annual JanSport Battle of the Bands has come to a close. Stay tuned and we’ll announce our winner on Monday.

In the meantime, you can still check out the top 100 artists and discover tons of new music!

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Live Outside SF w/Painted Palms

February 15, 2014   |   Art, Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

We’re throwing a big old party in San Francisco tomorrow to unveil the first of 2014′s Live Outside murals, this one created by SF street art duo Alynn-Mags.

The party will feature a performance from one of our favorite new SF bands, Painted Palms. The duo (comprised of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme), just released their debut LP, Forever and it’s been in regular rotation here at JanSport HQ. We think you should listen to it too!

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Last week to vote

February 13, 2014   |   Music, News   |   1 Comment

The 6th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands is coming to a close on February 19th. That means that you have just under a week to visit jansport.sonicbids.com to check out 100 awesome up-and-coming artists and vote for your favorite. PLUS, you can vote once each day.

There are some great bands currently in the top 10 and the count is close. Make sure to check out some of these artists and cast your vote! The winner will travel to SXSW to play [...] Read More >