SXSW 2012 Music – Day 2

No convention center meandering anymore, as I am in full showcase mode. That became apparent yesterday when I stumbled into Side Bar (Beauty Bar line for CoSigns was hilariously long), a place that NEVER has any live music and one that I frequent regularly, only to find an upcoming slot for Hooray For Earth! Needless to say the set was excellent, so happy to see those guys again. Afterwards I got into Stubb’s and witnessed my most wonderful surprise of the week: an emotional, brilliant set from Fiona Apple. Sharon Van Etten sounded great as well, and Dan Deacon was up to his usual hijinks, of which I have mixed feelings about. Alabama Shakes played after, and I must say I was a bit underwhelmed – I couldn’t help but feel they were too derivative of old Kings of Leon material. I enjoyed it, but I was expecting a bit more from a band hyped so much. After that I met up with a friend to end off the night with a short raucous set from Eve 6. So yeah, I haven’t seen either Eve 6 or Third Eye Blind since 1998 (at the same show) and this week I got to see them both.

So today it’s looking like either Mess With Texas or the Pitchfork Day Party at Mohawk, then I’m likely going to the 1100 Warehouse for the Turntable.FM party. We’ll see though, things are getting quite random as SXSW Music rolls on.

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