South By Southwest 2014: Lost in an Orgy of Music

How does one summarize a week’s worth of music, madness, noise, fans, bands, booze, beers, streets of drunks and drugged and demented youth (and not-so-youthful) lost in an orgy of ideas and commerce and commercialism centered ‘round hopes and dreams made by guitars, bass, drums and vocals (and sometimes keyboards) struggling to get noticed at the largest rock ’n’ roll festival on the planet?

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SXSW Day 4: Cate Le Bon, EMA, Angel Olsen, Urge Overkill, Eros & The Eschaton and Mark Kozelek…

If you attend South By Southwest for more than a few days, you’re bound to see the same acts more than once whether you want to or not. Yesterday being my fourth day, it was inevitable I’d collect a couple “doubles.”

Typical sets at SXSW are only about a half-hour — long enough to get a good sense of the band’s music and style, but short enough to limit the suffering if it sucks. SXSW...

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SXSW Day 3: Eagulls, Future Islands, Jeremy Messersmith, Total Bathing Culture, Classixx…

Like I said, it was business as usual last night along 6th Street. Bands made tacit comments about the previous night’s carnage (where two people were killed and 27 injured when a car drove into a crowd on Red River St.) and there seemed to be a more-intense-than-usual police presence in the streets. Everywhere you looked cops stood in pairs with arms crossed at the ready. And it seemed like...

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Car hits pedestrians at SXSW

Last night's South By Southwest festivities obviously were overshadowed by what sounds like a fairly terrible scene outside two of SXSW's most popular venues on Red River Street. For those who didn't read yet, a driver eluding a police stop crashed into pedestrians waiting on a barricaded street to enter the Mohawk. The AustinChronicle.com website has more details on that. I was in the area...

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SXSW Day 2: Tragedy on Red River; Protomartyr, Coachwhips, Destruction Unit, Twinsmith, Kurt Vile..

The Mohawk is one of the premiere bars at South By Southwest, a grand inside/outside facility whose outdoor stage is surrounded by high-tiered seating. It’s on the top of almost everyone’s list of favorite venues and has been for years. If my schedule is correct, X should have been playing the outdoor stage at around the time the drunk driver slammed into the crowd standing outside of Mohawk, a...

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SXSW Day 1: Hotels, B-Cycle, John Moreland, Deerpeople, Boyfrndz, Sour Notes, Those Howlings…

These things can be rather lengthy and filled with colorful blather about the festival, its surroundings and the odd people who attend them. If you don’t care about the subtle nuances and difficulties of South by Southwest, like its lack of sanitation facilities, skip to the BOLD TEXT band names and performance descriptions below. Also, if you want see what these bands look like, go to my blog,...

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