Posts Tagged ‘SXSW’

So I did end up going to the Tegan & Sara show on Friday. It was my first time at Aragon and it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I was expecting the worst but it was a pretty nice venue, much nicer than Congress Theatre. The sound wasn’t that great. There was an echo off the back wall from the drums and it was kind of hard to hear the vocals. I got there a little late so I didn’t see any of the opening bands. Tegan & Sara were good. They started off playing like eight songs from the new album. Good songs but I am still not very familiar with them. It was the second time I saw them. I liked them more the first time but they were still good. However, I did not like their acoustic version of “Back In Your Head.” It’s one of my favorite songs but that version was not doing it for me. Overall, a good experience and I am now more likely to see shows at Aragon in the future.  TOC has some photos of the show here.

The Hold Steady released another song from their new album.  I need to listen to it some more but it’s good. I am still undecided as to whether I will see them play L.A. in May.

It looks like Fat Mike’s SXSW performance will have some consequences, he got banned from Emo’s.

I might go see You Say Party! We Say Die! on Wednesday @ Empty Bottle. Not too familiar with them but I love going to shows at Empty Bottle.

Saturday was the day I finally got the music overload that I needed from SXSW. This was the day that I truly made music the focus of my day. I forwent food and headed straight to Red Eyed Fly.

Savoir Adore

Savoir Adore was one of the many bands I had never heard of until a few weeks prior. I was only familiar with one of their songs off a sampler (“Bodies”). They were playing the Coffee? No Pants! Party at Red Eyed Fly. I think they got started around 1:00 pm. There were very few people there but the band still put on a good show. They play poppy upbeat indie music with male and female vocals.  At times, they remind me of the Anniversary. Also, their drummer has a sweet mustache but I didn’t get a photo of it. I am not sure if they are touring anytime soon but they are a band I would love to see again.

Codeine Velvet Club

Yet another band I didn’t know much about. I was really excited about these guys though. I heard their stuff on their web page and fell in love with it. I liked it so much I even bought their album. This Scottish band plays old school foot-stomping rock n’ roll with male (Jon Lawler) and female (Lou Hickey) vocals. They also have a small horn section, which allows for some jazzier songs as well. They have tons of energy when they play and it’s nearly impossible to stand still watching them perform. They had a strong start to the set playing “Hollywood” and “Sister.” Those sings stick out because they are the ones I am most familiar with. The rest of the set was good too, I just didn’t know the songs. As their set drew to a close, Lou headed backstage. I don’t know the name of the last song they played but the guys certainly gave it their all. It certainly looked as if they wanted to keep playing. I am sure they continued rocking somewhere else later that day.

The Veils

After CVC at Cedar Street, I had to hike back to the Red River area. Most of the lines were ridiculous so I went to Klub Krucial (Emo’s East Annex) where there had been no lines all week. I got there in time to see most of the set by the Veils. I saw this band last year at Empty Bottle. I don’t listen to them too much but I think they are pretty good. They kind remind me of the Smiths. I enjoyed them but I was really here for the next performer.

Sondre Lerche

As the Veils were finishing up, I managed to get up front for a good spot for Sondre. This would be my third time to see Sondre. In fact, I just saw him this past February at Lincoln Hall. He ranks as one of my favorite live performers. He is very entertaining in both his music and his between-song banter. All his songs were great but I especially love hearing “Modern Nature.” I love hearing that song live. I can’t wait to see him again, whenever that may be. I don’t think one can ever see enough Sondre.

(Note: I did see some other bands that day like The Mynabirds, Children Collide, JBM, and Rogue Wave.  However, I either didn’t see enough or was too removed from the shows to really say anything regarding their performances.)

(photos by me)

Link – SXSW: An O&B How To

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
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This is a really great article on attending SXSW.  The whole thing can be a very overwhelming experience, even if you’ve been before so it’s nice to have some guidance.  I am mainly posting this article so I have it for review for SXSW next year.

SXSW: An O&B How To

SXSW 2010 Recap – Friday

Posted: March 24, 2010 in Show Review
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Friday I got off to a late start b/c I was pretty tired from the night before. The plan was to go to the Village Voice party, especially for Superchunk. The party was out of the way at La Zona Rosa. Sadly, when I got there, the line was ridiculously long.  I ended heading out of that area as soon as possible but it was too late.  I had already wasted about an hour that day and didn’t see any bands.  I went into a panic mode trying to find any show that I could get into but all the lines were ridiculous. I somehow ended up crashing some party that I shouldn’t have been it.  The drinks were good but I didn’t know any bands. I ended leaving and saw Ben Nichols behind Beauty Bar.

Ben Nichols

Two years ago, I had no idea who Lucero was.  Since then, I have seen Lucero four times. Because of that seeing Ben Nichols at SXSW wasn’t anything special.  Even seeing him solo wasn’t that different because he often plays alone at Lucero shows. It was somewhat noteworthy that because it was a day show, Ben was not completely wasted.  Also, he played a fast version of “Nights Like These.” Apparently he only plays that fast version when doing solo performances so that was new to me.

(photos by me)