A little sneak peak

March 6, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

Check out our limited addition 2013 SXSW Artist bag. For the 4th year, these will be gifted to performing artists upon check in at SX, so if you’re a registered performer make sure to drop by the convention center early when you arrive in town so you can lay claim to your bag.

There IS another way to lay your hands on one of these highly coveted packs… Beginning on Wednesday of next week, just snap a picture of our artist pack on the streets [...] Read More >

One Week to another SXSW

March 4, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   4 Comments

JanSport will be back at SXSW for another year with two great events:

On Tuesday, March 12th we will be kicking off the 2013 Bonfire Sessions series at Viceland with food trucks, free drinks, JanSport giveaways, and sets from Divine Fits, Japandroids, Wavves, Skaters, and Team Spirit. You can RSVP and find more info here. You MUST RSVP if you want to attend.

Later on in the week on Friday, March 15th we’ll be hosting our annual Sonicbids Official Day Party at [...] Read More >

The 2013 Bonfire Sessions are here

February 28, 2013   |   Art, Events, Music, News, Outside   |   2 Comments

We’re kicking 2013 off with a return to SXSW in Austin, TX. Our first Bonfire Sessions of 2013 will be on March 12th in downtown Austin at 401 East Cesar Chavez Street.

Now, I know we say this pretty often. but this music lineup is one for the books with headlining sets from Austin locals Divine Fits (their ONLY appearance at SXSW this year), 2012 breakouts Japandroids, and a set from Wavves. We’ll also have supporting sets from up and [...] Read More >

We can’t wait to see these guys in Austin! Philadelphia based Cold Fronts will be performing at the annual Sonicbids Official SXSW Party, presented by JanSport on Friday, March 15th at Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street. This event is part of 25 gig tour for the guys that will take them from Brooklyn, through the midwest, down to Texas, and back up through the South and East Coast.

Make sure to check the guys out on their Facebook page, where you can find [...] Read More >

Place your vote!

January 28, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

There’s still time to vote for your favorite artist in our 5th Annual JanSport Battle Of the Bands. Just head to our Facebook page where you can check music, videos and more from our  top 100 artists and then place your vote for your favorite.

We’ll close the polls on February 12th, and we’ll announce our grand prize winner on the 14th. The winning band will be invited to play the annual Sonicbids Official SXSW Party, presented by JanSport in Austin, TX and [...] Read More >

Rock the vote

January 16, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

It’s that time of year again… We’re kicking off the public voting portion of our 5th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands. Head over to our Facebook page and you can sort through the top 100 artists that submitted to the contest. Poke around, take a listen, and then vote for your favorite.

We’ll announce the top 10 artists on February 13th based on the vote tally, and from there a panel of judges from Sonicbids and JanSport will select a winner. The winning artist [...] Read More >

Time is running out…

January 5, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

To submit to the annual JanSport Battle of the Bands! Here’s the skinny: to register, you must have submitted to play this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX via the Sonicbids submission process. Assuming you’ve already done this, you can go back to Sonicbids and enter your band into the JanSport Battle.

We’ll be curating all submissions down to 100 artists that will move on to a round of public voting beginning January 16th. JanSport and Sonicbids will then pick a winner from [...] Read More >

White Denim Videos Are Now Live!

April 9, 2012   |   Events, Music, News, Video   |   0 Comments

Couldn’t make it to SXSW this year? Don’t sweat it: JanSport and Noisey.com put together this three part video series documenting our Austin Bonfire Sessions event with White Denim. Check out Part One below and check out the other two parts here at our JanSport Bonfire Sessions site.

Coachella is up next for the Bonfire Sessions and we’ll be making some big announcements later this week so check back!

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SXSW Follow-up: Deerhoof

April 3, 2012   |   Events, Music   |   0 Comments

Ok, so we know that Deerhoof isn’t really a “new” discovery (the band’s been around in one form or another since the early 90′s), but it was the first time we actually managed to catch them live and it was everything we had hoped and dreamed for. We caught the band way out on East 4th Street at the Scoot Inn. Thrasher magazine took over the place for a multi-day skateboarding and music extravaganza known as Read More >

SXSW Follow-up: The Calm Blue Sea

March 27, 2012   |   Music   |   0 Comments

It’s only taken us a week, but we did promise to fill you all in on a few of our favorite artists from this year’s SXSW in Austin. We’ll begin by starting your weekend off with the most epic of picks: Austin post-rockers The Calm Blue Sea.

The Calm Blue Sea channels all the post rock cliches that we all know and love: roaming song structure, swirling and whirling reverb drenched guitars, massive room filling drum sounds, and long winding buildups that always [...] Read More >