My SXSW summary
: I've talked about parties and shared some photos, now it's on to what it's really all about - the music! In the midst of all the V.I.P. revelry, I also saw some shows. Were you beginning to wonder? Once again, it's an abbreviated version of events given that the past several days have been jam-packed!
Wednesday's top show
(for me) was the Decemberists
. They played their new album, Hazards of Love
, in it's entirety for NPR at Stubb's BBQ
. Though I think the crowd would have preferred a hit-packed set-list, I'm sure we'll all look back and appreciate having been there. I may be voicing a very unpopular opinion, but I think the 'emperor has no clothes' when it comes to The Avett Brothers
, the band who took the stage just before the Decemberists. I drank liberally (Lonestar in a can!) and took advantage of the short line to the bathroom during this set. I tried to top off my evening with frozen margaritas at the Iron Cactus
, but was foiled - something that would continue for the rest of my trip.
Thursday's End of the Road Festival
in the afternoon was a treat. Here's a 'mark my words' moment: both The Young Republic
and Alela Diane
will be huge! The Young Republic are a blend of The Commitments
and The Pogues
with a modern dash of Arcade Fire
. Superb! There are no words for the young, beautiful and talented Alela Diane. Well, I did just find three! She could be the next Gillian Welch/Norah Jones.
We were treated to a Grammy/NARAS party
at the Four Seasons
afterwards - lovely! It was a thrill to be a part of the event. We wrapped up our evening in the park with a huge M. Ward
show. Always a pleasure to see Matt and his talented band. It's weird to see your friends on a Jumbo-tron style T.V. screen, but it's so cool to know they're experiencing a great measure of success.
was a very special day personally, as I helped out with the first ever Tape Op Magazine party at SXSW
! Laura put an incredible amount of work into the event and the folks at Donn's Depot
were so sweet and helpful. It was as fun as it was star-studded! Though she didn't perform, the gorgeous Rebecca Gates
was amongst the talent at the bash - someone whose music you simply must seek out. Congrats, Tape Op
! We took so long wrapping up our own party that we missed a lot of shows, but it was worth it. Secret treat at the end of the evening? Karaoke at Ego's
And finally, Saturday
! More bands to look out for: Two Sheds, New Roman Times, The Petrol Motion, Juliette & The New Romantiques
. Two Sheds
music is a hypnotic singer-songwriter blend with an edge. New Roman Times
(featuring Harris Thurmond, formerly of Hammerbox and my favorite lady with the best rock name ever, Josie Fluri) are a must. Their energetic show was the burst I needed. I heart Juliette Lewis and her new band
! I got a chance to see them briefly and was worth it. Who I don't love? Rachel Ray who turned me away from her party
- not personally, granted, but it stung all the same. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, Rachel. Get ready!
Thanks to all the dear friends and industry folks who made the past week such an incredible experience. Also, I'd like to issue a public apology to Jason Lytle
. He knows why.
[Band photo of The New Roman Times
by Casey Woods. They are one of my fave raves from the festival. Band members are Daniel Owens, Mike Allen, Harris Thurmond and Josie Fluri]