SxSW Music 2015: Wrapping It All Up
Thanks, SxSW 2015 – you were a little more manageable with a little less edge and quite frankly, I was grateful for that.
First, the ICYMI/PYAITK links to help you catch up on what we did and what we thought.
On to my superlatives, let’s start by continuing the love fest for the venues and staff this year. I tend to get the smiling faces because of familiarity, but everyone I talked to in Austin from out of town has fallen in love with Austin once again. We did it. We saved our rep.
Best New Beer Consumed During SxSW: Karbach Love Street – I know they are from Houston, but they are killing it right now. Hey Austin breweries, step up your game.
Best Band I Saw Twice: The Shivas, I just got down.
Best Band I Saw Thrice: Lust For Youth, I was suckered in by the synth goodness, fell for the Liam Gallagher impression from lead vocals and lost my vision a few times spacing out in the music zone. Loved them. But not as much as…
Best Band I Saw During SxSW: I have to give this to Beacon. I loved the L1 EP and I was fearful of a train wreck live set or a bland keyboard performance, but I was graced with passion and tangible action-meets-sound from the stage. So very good.
Best Band I Had Seen Before: Gus Gus – I saw them twenty years ago during SxSW in a shot bar with another then favorite, Spring Heel Jack. I was teleported to the days of $18 wristbands for a moment as I was blessed by big beats, two vocalists and ageless songs. It wasn’t a nostalgia set, by any means, but they know their sound and they did it then, they do it now.
Biggest Meh Moment: Gang of Four – get bent. Gang of One can eat it. You prima donnas, going on twenty minutes late. Bah.
Honorable Mentions: Ice Age guitarist playing with a dislocated shoulder. Cobalt Cranes for unexpected awesome.
On to the giant gallery of photos!