Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SXSW: Finding my way around

What a day. I'm finally starting to get my bearings around this place. I've made my way up and down 6th St., had some pizza from a street vendor, seen several bands, found places like Emo's and Stubb's and listened to a bunch of bands.
Free Energy was my first taste of the day, a band whose members looke like they were transported here from 1974 (via a Delorean traveling 88 mph, no doubt).
Really, though... Their drummer has the best mustache I've seen in a long time. Not to mention that they're a good band. They do really bouncy rock songs that are a mix of blues riffs and power chords. They really remind me of Thin Lizzy, both in appearance and sound. And I mean that, wholeheartedly, as a compliment.
Next, I wandered around downtown Austin, wherein I located those landmarks and ate that pizza.
Eventually, I made my way to Creekside, a venue that (surprise!) is right by a creek. Basically, I wanted to see Everybody Is In the French Resistance... Now! and ended up watching a bunch of other bands.
The best of those was Ezra Furman and the Harpoons. Furman either sounds high or slightly unstable (maybe both?) and his songs channel the honesty and vulnerability of that disposition. It's good stuff. (This might be random, but it makes me think of what Ben Kweller would sound like fronting a garage rock band.)
EWITFR...N! is onstage now. More later...

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