After narrowly missing Thee Oh Sees pretty much every night this week, I figured it was a lost cause…until the Twitterverse announced that the legendary garage punk band was playing Beerland at 1am. Everyone left in Austin who wasn’t completely incapacitated by that special kind of coma that comes from consuming several times your body weight in Lone Star and then standing too close to massive speakers for four days straight packed into Beerland for one last sweaty hurrah. Worth it. John Dwyer is a beast. Now it’s really over - peace out SXSW…catch you next year. - nm
Patrick Kellaher and His Cold Dead Hands is my new favorite band. Creepoid goth synth stuff from Ireland. - @neonsigh
Saw a handful of bands at the Fader Fort this year, and Beach Fossils side project DIVE takes the prize as my fave of 2012. The “early New Order” comparisons are lazy but accurate, and the bouncing, shypop modern rock shimmer was a nice way to spend a Saturday at the Fort before exiting long before everyone else caught a whiff of the Rick Ross headlining set rumors (which were true). Also caught the post-disco beat of Kindess right after Dive, but I sense the London crew will do more for me on record then a late afternoon set outside in Texas. _Mm
Convention center is emptying out. Sad panda. #sxsw - @mcasti
Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performing for the closing film, BIG EASY EXPRESS. - @mcasti
Outernational are always too fun to see live. “why do you wear your pants so tight? Wrong question! Ask ‘who made those pants?’ What kind of music do you play?’ Wrong question! Ask, what are you going to do to change the world?” (at Sol Collective activist showcase, #sxsw) - @neonsigh
Locked in at the Captured Tracks showcase for the night. It’s the most solid line-up of the official shows for sure: Blouse on now (playing in a pink cloud) then Soft Metals, Widowspeak, Craft Spells, Beach Fossils. The central clubs aren’t usually my favorite — this show is at The Parish on e. 6th — but it is rad to see such a deserving label filling such a huge room. -LP
Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon) is so tortured and so covered in denim. Emotional electro, sounds like dream adolescence & the desolate midwest. Caught him yesterday at brooklyn vegan’s show, but he played a zillion times this week and is coming to Boston soon. Can’t tell if people at his shows are connecting to the sound or are just excited to see someone from Idaho.