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Southern Soldiers: SXSW Day Four

Finally, a sweat-soaked, beer-spilling revelation of rock 'n' roll at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival. Here's to you, Henry Clay People! And Joey Siara, you're my dude now. Come to Nebraska soon to get drunk and kick out the jams. 

I first saw the Henry Clay People when they opened for the Airborne Toxic Event in Omaha a couple years ago. I liked their take on '70s rock and freewheeling...


Southern Soldiers: Springsteen and SXSW Day Three

Sometimes at SXSW, you're playing like a degenerate gambler, trading the sure thing you have for a ton of risk. I played that hand Thursday night here in Austin, leaving the hard-to-get-into Bruce Springsteen ACL Live at Moody Theater performance just as he entered his second hour to try to get into the Jesus and Mary Chain at the Belmont, an overly small club that SXSW wedged one of its biggest draws into for an...


Southern Soldiers: SXSW Day Two

When it came to seeing Thee Oh Sees at this year's SXSW Festival, I was beginning to feel like I had a curse set upon me. I tried to catch them at Red Eyed Fly, but a growing line deterred me. Later that day, I waited for them at Red 7, one of their two scheduled Wednesday night official showcases, only to be affronted by a set of rote, workmanlike punk-pop by Roll the Tanks, a Massachusetts band that lives...


Southern Soldiers: SXSW Day One

I've settled into Austin's Wyndham Garden Hotel after a Tuesday filled with driving, in a Chevy HHR rented from Tammy Torchia at the downtown Omaha Avis. Despite the road fatigue, I still made it out to Sixth Street to catch some of South By Southwest's first-ever Tuesday night music showcases. I only caught a handful of band's as I gave a friend a quick tour of the craziness of SXSW. 

Bitches, an English...


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