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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 band that lives...


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...


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