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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...


SXSW Day 2: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Neon Trees, Glen Hansard, Purity Ring, Cults, more…

Another day of bands, but better weather at South By Southwest 2012. Let's get right into it.

Typically, covering SXSW means a lot of walking around. There's this falsity that all the venues are located along 6th Street aligned one right next to the other like a perfect string of pearls. In reality, SXSW venues are scattered across 100 square blocks in downtown Austin, with a few located even further away,...


SXSW Day 2: A Percussive Suitcase, American Pinup, Eli Mardock, Two Gallants, Cheap Girls

[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.]

Things don't always work as you plan at SXSW. The festival has a lot of moving parts, and they're not always in sync. Bands play short sets that are at all...


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...


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