Ladyhawke - She was decent. The name comes up often enough that I'm glad I've seen her live.
Heartless Bastards - I don't remember much about this other than that they had a steel guitar. The only reason this was notably was because of the Texan guy next to me that said "That steel sound goo'" as I was wondering what the instrument was called.
Elliot Brood - Another band whose name is floated around occasionally (if you're in Canada, under the helpful eye of the CRTC.) They were okay. I was surprised to find I knew one of their songs, then more surprised when I realized the reason I knew it was because it was on my iPod.
Justin Towne Earl - He was sort of a country-ish/rockish musician from Memphis. Not really my scene, but he did it well.
Amy Lavere - I've never seen someone put so much hip into their dancing while playing a full sized cello. Not that it was excessive, it's just that cellos are really big. I vaguely remember liking the music, but like so many bands here, I waited too long to add notes beside them on my list-of-who-I've-seen to remember why or how much I liked it.
Death By Stereo - Hardcore punk. Good if that's your scene, but it's not really mine.
Unknown Canadian Band - I walked into El Sol y La Luna and there was a band playing (El Sol was playing Canadian bands only for all of SXSW), they weren't very good and I didn't catch their name.
The Van Blondies - I saw them because I had nothing else going on at that time while killing time for The Airborne Toxic Event. They were overproduced and pop-py type music.
The Oak Ridge Boys - I saw them for the same reason as The Van Blondies. I have no idea how old they are (wikipedia tells me since 1945?) and I'd never heard of them, but they did an entertaining cover of Seven Nation Army and they've obviously been together long enough that they do a pretty solid rock/country-type-show.
The Airborne Toxic Event - This was one of the bands that drew me to SXSW (that and Amanda Palmer). I've had a couple MP3s of theirs that I really liked for a while and wanted to hear more. Upon hearing more, I've decided that they're musically, really good, but kind of too sappy/poppy. I think they'll become one of those bands like Tokyo Police Club that I like, but feel guilty about it, because it's too pop-y and popular.
BEAST - V saw her a month or two ago and really liked her, so I decided to check her out. I don't really know how to describe the musical style, but the SXSW listing classifies it as "experimental." It's kind of electronic/industrial music mixed with rap. The live show was really good. I bought the CD at Waterloo Records after, and don't think I like it as much as the live performance, but it's still worth checking out.
Hooray For The Riff Raff - a New Orleans quartet consisting of, if I recall, an accordianist, a banjo player, a washerboard player, and a celloist. I saw them in a church while waiting for Amanda Palmer, and with the accoustics in there they sounded really good. I don't know how good that would be in other circumstances.
Amanda Palmer - I'm an Amanda Palmer fanboy, I can't say anything bad about this set, but I don't think the SXSW length 1 hour set really works for her. The Rivoli was a much better place to see her.
Juliette Lewis And The New Romantics - I have pretty low expectations for any actor-turned-musician. With that in mind, she was okay.
The Proclaimers - This was a band that I went to just to make sure there's one that people will have heard of when people say "who did you see?" I was somewhat surprised to find they have more than 1 song, and most of them are decent.
One Day International - I don't remember anything about this band.
Mount St. Helen's Vietnam Band - Ditto this one, though I remember they were better than One Day International.
Telepath-e - Kind of moody/electronic music, but they do it well. This was an in-store at Waterloo records, which I didn't even realize was going on until I looked up after spending a couple minutes browsing.
Dag For Dag / Dog For Dog - The one band of the Saddle Creek showcase I went to on Friday which I didn't know going in. I dug them. They reminded me a little of a less polished Art In Manila, which is a good thing (the comparison, not the less polished part.) For a Swedish band they certainly have the Omaha sound down.
White Denim - The band in the other showcase that was going on at the other stage at the same venue was still playing when Dag For Dag finished. They were very meh.
Beep Beep - Having once upon a time downloaded a couple of their MP3s, I used to occasionally hear them when my playlist was on random and like them, but when I bought their latest album it didn't click, since it didn't seem at all like those couple MP3s. I suspect I just like their older material better. This was confirmed when they played an old song at the end of their set, which I liked better than the rest of their set.
Ladyfinger - They played a really good set and just rocked out. The crowd really sucked.
O + S - I've always really liked the sound of Orenda Fink's voice, but it's not the type of music that I'd go out of my way to see live. It was good, but not great, which is kind of what I was expecting.
Sebastien Grainger - Most of the set was good, but not great, then I started really getting into it on the last couple songs. This ended abruptly when he stepped away from the mic and screamed "fuck that shit!" at someone off stage, then proceeded to try and play another song despite the fact that their time was up. The sound guy turned off the mics, and the bouncer tried to take the drummer's drum sticks away, so he threw his guitar at the bouncer, then picked it up and smashed it on the ground. A+++, would see again.
Cursive - This was one of the best bands I saw at SXSW. Tim Kasher's voice is even more raw and powerful live than on the album, if that's possible. The crowd was kind of annoying, in that there were little girls trying to dance and get all excited while he was screaming songs about failing marriages, but it's better than the usual stand-around-and-look-sullen crowd you get at concerts these days.
Immaculate Machine - Meh. They weren't horrible. They sounded like a million other bands you've seen open for a million other bands, if you go to many shows.
Two Hour Traffic - I felt the same way about them, though I liked them better than Immaculate Machine.
Cursive, again - I was walking down the street Saturday afternoon and Cursive were doing another show. I liked it better than the previous night, but I think that's mostly because I wasn't quite as tired.
The Golden Dogs - I mostly watched them because I could sit down and watch them and by Saturday I was really, really tired. The notes I tried to keep on my iPod says they were "good", but I can't remember why or much about them other than that they were from Toronto and I had to ask the keyboardist what their name was after the set, because I didn't catch it.
I got home from Texas and discovered that some albums that I had preordered from Saddle Creek and forgotten about arrived, including Cursive's new album. I doubt it'll be as good as Domestica, but.. sweet.
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