|Bring Your Ray Gun 3/13 @ Package|
Thursday started off the Southby experience with a Chicago Showcase at Package, which is a men's underwear store and crammed into a tiny space in the back were a stacked line-up of some funky Chicago bands. They gave all the bands free undies so obviously they all performed in their skivvies. Highlight was disco punk band Bring Your Ray Gun which brought some seriously high energy funky tunes. The two dancers broke it down in front of the band with frenetic, choreographed dance routines that didn't stop for the entire set. It was probably good that the whole band was in their underwear because things were getting sweaty! Definitely go check these guys out here in Chicago and come ready to dance your face off. Later in the day over at the Tiniest Bar in Texas, we caught Chicago funk/hip-hop fusion guys whysowhite for some more funky funk dance tunes. This is another band you have got to see perform live. The stage vibrates with the energy of six dudes who are clearly having a great time and lead singer Charlie looks like he's having a blast spitting rhymes and working the crowd. There hasn't been a single whysowhite show that wasn't filled with people getting down and funky and this show was no different.
|whysowhite 3/13 @ Tinest Bar in Texas|
|HAERTS 3/13 @ Dickie's Roadhouse|
|Warpaint playing to a packed SPIN|
at Stubb's on Friday 3/14
|La Luz 3/14 @ Panache Booking party|
|Weeknight 3/15 @ Sailor Jerry|
The final night of Southby was spent at the Sailor Jerry House at Gypsy Lounge. Chicago post-punk garage rockers Radar Eyes were on stage already jamming out with their fuzzed-out dark psychedelic vibes as we were walking in. Lead singer/guitarist Anthony's voice is perfect for this kind of music and he strongly carries the energy of this band. Radar Eyes play frequently in Chicago so catch them around town for sure. Hardcore band Spires played as well and once the shock of how young they look wore off they were a hard rocking, very technical band that was fun to watch rock the eff out. The Saturday night Sailor Jerry showcase was very well curated and brought not only the best show overall but also the best new band discovery of SX2014. Best new discovery honor goes to Weeknight, a synth-pop shoegazey band from Brooklyn comprised of couple Andy and Holly. The kind of music they play, which has somewhat of a Cure vibe so it could have been very boring to watch, but they both move around a lot as if their music is playing them and not the other way around. Holly definitely has a Karen O thing going and her stage presence was captivating. Later in the evening were SISU, a Dum Dum Girls side project that sounds like Dum Dum Girls and Youth Code, a electro-industrial band from LA that was loud and dark and heavy. The girls' wild energy was almost too much for the small stage. Perfect opening for a personal favorite of the entire week, the neo-folk dark alt sounds of King Dude.
|King Dude 3/15 @ Sailor Jerry House|
And so that wrapped up another year of SXSW. Although there were a lot of bands we would have loved to check out, it's impossible to be everywhere at once and plans change and sometimes you just really need to find a food truck. With hundreds of bands and shows to see each day there are options to go to the larger corporate sponsored events that require badges and special wristbands and line waiting, or you can RSVP to a few showcases and check out bands both known and unknown at smaller venues all over Austin. If you miss the band you want to see one day, chances are you can catch them at one of a few other showcases the next day or you'll end up stumbling upon your new favorite band. Congrats to all the bands who made it through the grueling SXSW schedule of multiple shows per day and safe travels to everyone as you make your ways home. See you next time Southby! Thanks for all the fantastic music, perfect weather, delicious tacos and BBQ, good friends (old and new) and great vibes.