Alright… I’ve procrastinated on this post long enough. I actually still have a couple more “Bands I Missed At SXSW” posts ready to go, but I figured it was high time that I did some sort of post about the bands I actually DID see in Austin this year.
I know you’ve probably already read a million of these recaps on other blogs already, so I’m gonna try to keep this short. You don’t really need to know details of everything I did each day; you don’t care about where I ate (mmm, Smitty’s); you just need to hear about the music.
So here’s what I’m gonna do – I’m gonna three posts. This first post is going to focus on my favorite 10 acts from SXSW (out of 71 that I saw). The bands are listed in alphabetical order and identified by when and where I saw them in Austin. Each band also gets a link to a video (or audio, in the case of Songs) – note, though, that the videos all open on this page, so clicking on one won’t cause you to navigate to a ton of different pages. And, finally, each band gets a photo. Not necessary a good photo, but a photo.
My second post will probably be a wrapup of various thoughts and reflections about SXSW. It’ll probably be short – I hate thinking and reflecting. And the final post will feature a bunch of my favorite photos that I took during the week. And that’ll be it, aside from those additional “bands I missed” posts I mentioned. And then we (I) can move on and not talk about SXSW again until badges go on sale in September.
Oh, and while my top 10 bands below are listed in alphabetical order, if I had to choose a #1 it would be a very, very easy decision. My favorite band of SXSW, and two of my favorite musical sets that I’ve seen in a while, was Hey Rosetta!. I absolutely love this band, and can’t believe this is the first time I’ve ever had an opportunity to see them live. Do yourself a huge favor and go buy their album Into Your Lungs NOW.
So without further ado…
MY TEN FAVORITE ACTS FROM SXSW 2010
@ Mohawk [3/17/10] and WOXY studio [3/19/10]
Video: “And This Is What We Call Progress” (live in WOXY studios)
@ Wave Rooftop [3/20/10]
Video: “She Makes Amazing Look Stupid”
@ Habana Calle 6 [3/19/10]
@ Paradise [3/19/10] and Bayou Lounge [3/20/10]
Video: “Red Heart”
@ Habana Calle 6 [3/18/10]
Video: “Black Pain Tea”
The Megaphonic Thrift
@ Habana Calle 6 [3/17/10]
Video: “Talks Like a Weed King” (live in WOXY studio)
@ Creekside Lounge [3/18/10] and Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room [3/20/10]
Audio: Live acoustic set from Radio New Zealand National
@ Cedar Street Courtyard [3/18/10]
Video: “Slack Motherfucker”