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...

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<p>  Pete Loeffler, lead singer of Chevelle, on stage at Sokol Auditorium Wednesday night</p>Chevelle, Middle Class Rut, & Janus in Omaha

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the tour featuring Chevelle, Middle Class Rut, and Janus came to Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE. Concert season is starting to pick up in the Midwest now and along with that comes the nice weather which held true Wednesday night. We couldn’t have asked for a better night with the weather and show itself.

Janus started the night and got the fans off to a great...

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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...

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SXSW Day 1: Tennis, Screaming Females, Andrew W.K., Titus Andronicus

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Reader is teaming up with Hear Nebraska to cover SXSW this year. HN editor-in-chief Andrew Norman's stories will run right here at TheReader.com. And you can find more Hear Nebraska coverage reviews, photos and videos at hearnebraska.org.]

After a 14-hour drive that somehow took a day-and-a-half, I first wrapped my hands around a cold, 24-ounce domestic lager upon arriving...

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SXSW Day 1: Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten, The Wedding Present, Zola Jesus, Freedy Johnston, more…

I promised myself that I wasn't going to kill myself this year at SXSW, but the way I felt this morning, I think I'm doing a pretty good job of it.

We got into Austin early yesterday afternoon, which I figured would mean an abbreviated show schedule. But no. We still had time to see nine bands. That's the amazing thing about this festival and why I keep coming back year after year despite the...

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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. 

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