South by Southwest: Day 1
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March 13th, 2008 – by: Reephboy
Our old friend Steven Lopez (SLo) was in town from NYC, so I called him up because I knew he would be one of the faithful show-goers out on the beat at the early hours of the first full day of the music portion of the festival. South by Southwest (SxSW or just Sx if you frequent it) is a film and music fest, and the tunes don't kick off until Wednesday night.
Needless to say, I found BDoe and SLo at Volume, after having gathered a drink or three, and got myself in good position for a couple of sets of Nada Surf and Destroyer, both of whom I'd heard of, but couldn't name a song.
Next, we tried to stop by and get a reckoning of the state of the Motorhead line. No change. Gah! Sux.
So, we headed across the street to Mohawk's for a bunch of bands that I was completely unfamiliar with. Sons and Daughters were cool, with some crazy outfits and a punk-a-billy meets B-52s kind of vibe. Then we hipped and hopped to some Clipse. I caught up with my softball teammate Dave, and his friend Kai at this point. We also found DLowe and his wife Michelle and Dr. Bean, and we all partook in some free Coors Light and Blue Moon Pale Ale.
After that show, BDoe had to go to work at KLBJ FM, and I took a break with Dave and Kai at Side Bar where we had some tall boys and rested our weary feet.
What in the world could follow up a nice day of rock and rap? My Morning Jacket at Austin Music Hall of course. Duh! So I split with Dave and Kai, and caught back up with BDoe and his Kirsten, Bean and his Julie Bean, Sassy Jaime and her date, and SLo. Sure, of course we ran into several other friends of ours who were out and about. What I was most impressed with was the renovations that had been made to Austin Music Hall since the last time I had been there, which, by the way, was a New Years Eve show with Los Lonely Boys opening for Robert Randolph and the Family Band with a guest appearance by Stone Cold Steve Austin chugging a bear during set-break.
As I walked to my car I realized that I was passing by Antone's where a bunch of my friends work, so I stopped in to say hello and what do you know, there was another band to see.
So, I had survivied, and it was a beautiful first day! I was stoked and blown away by the bands I had seen that day, and was ready for more. SxSW, I love you!
My band list on Thursday:
Nada Surf from NYC @ Volume's Paste/Stereogum Day Party
Destroyer from Vancouver, BC @ Volume's Paste/Stereogum Day Party
Sons and Daughters from Glasgow, Scotland @ Mohawk's Rhapsody Rocks Day Party
Clipse from Virginia Beach, VA, USA @ Mohawk's Rhapsody Rocks Day Party
Spoon from Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores
Yo La Tengo from Hoboken, NJ @ Austin Music Hall
My Morning Jacket from Louisville, Kentucky, USA @ Austin Music Hall
Constantines from Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Antone's
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