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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 in Austin for the...


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 obvious toll it's...


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...


Rock and Bucking Roll

Rock and Bucking Roll

Hats Off to the Bull keeps Chevelle in the hard rock rodeo

By Wayne Brekke

 

Among the slew of bands that rocked the early 2000’s, Illinois band Chevelle took its stand with a three-piece configuration that showcased a bare-bones approach to a sound that was being washed thoroughly in the laundry of American pop. With breakthrough songs like “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below” from...


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