SXSW Days 5 and 6

Mar 24, 2016 15:35

Saturday is normally the busiest day of parties, throngs of people and night showcases and this Saturday was no different. We started off with an excellent, rocking set by Manchester, UK's PINS , followed by a tight, danceable pop rock set by Liverpool, UK's Hooton Tennis Club

We took a walk around the corner to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser being held in somebody's postage stamp sized backyard, getting there in time for three songs by super dramatic, kitschy and fun Prom Queen followed by Germany's beat driven electronica trio Aloa Input. Two free local craft beers along with the tunes and then back down the street to see a cool set from Madrid's Lois We weren't expecting a full band so seeing a more rocking than expected four piece was a pleasant surprise.

We had to drive back toward downtown to see a few songs from 60's garage rockers The Sloths It was fun to watch the 60-something lead singer writhing all over the stage and then jumping into the audience to serenade an embarrassed twenty year old with their 1964 underground hit "Makin' Love." Then it was another The Spook School set at the bike shop, this time out in the parking lot to accommodate a fairly large, appreciative crowd. They killed it again so we decided to see their official showcase later that night. On the way to get something to eat, we stopped in at Antone's Records and saw a few rocking songs by locals Eve and the Exiles

After another fun Spook School show, we changed things up from all the pop and rock we'd been seeing and went to a Brazilian singer songwriter Clara Valente leading into Austrian singer/songwriter accordionist Hubert von Goisern He played an eclectic, super loud set of rock, country, cajun and traditional Alpine music. Accordion is not my favorite instrument but it was a pretty tight, entertaining set.

PINS was our favorite new band of the day.

Sunday we ate breakfast and then hit the Panache Hangover Party for a great set by Montreal's lo-fi punky Nancy Pants and an even better set by Brooklyn's punk pop trio BOYTOY

We'd promised a friend we'd check out a Chilean two piece a few miles away, so it was back in the car for a set of fuzzy guitar rockabilly and free tacos with Perrosky They were terrific and the mister bought a couple 45s, an LP and a live CD.

Then is was back to Beerland for a raucous set by Madrid trio
The Parrots followed by the hilarious Danish pop stylings of Dinner He has hysterical, ennui steeped patter between songs. I love him.

The mister thought Perrosky was the best band of the day and though I thought they were great, BOYTOY won the day for me.

We'd planned to stay for a couple more bands but at this point in the festivities we'd seen over thirty acts and were tired of standing on one concrete floor after another so we called a close to another successful SXSW and hit a brewpub in our neighborhood.

sxsw 2016, music, real life

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