Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SXSW 2011 Dispatches: Let The Day Parties Begin

The South By rumor mill was definitely churning this morning, and when Jack White's mobile studio cranked out the music at noon outside of Frank, the rumors were confirmed. (Yep, people stood in the back of a tow truck to try to get a glimpse.)

At 12:30 Seattle's The Head and The Heart played KEXP's live broadcast from Mellow Johnny's. Everyone clapped along to "Lost in My Mind," and the band looked like they couldn't be happier.

Down in the Valley by theheadandtheheart

At the Mohawk's outdoor stage at 2:30, the kids from Givers were rocking out with playful abandon. Drummer Tif Lamson also pulled out a ukulele, and at some point one of the members harnessed a flute (marching band-style). The songs had a Vampire Weekend-type vibe to them.
Ceiling Of Plankton by GIVERS

The Big Stereo party is usually worth stopping in for, if for no other reason than to have a quick mid-day dance party. At 3pm inside Barbarella the floor was pretty vacant, save for some DJs spinning the Gossip and Duck Sauce.

When the sun finally seemed to peek through the day's cloudiness, Denver's Tennis lit up Club DeVille with the sailing vocals of Alaina Moore. The band's peppy style is intensified by Moore's strong voice (which bears some passing resemblance to Nicole Atkins). It's no wonder the band's gotten such a steady stream of good press. Nicely done.

Marathon - Tennis by arrhythmiamusic

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Oh yay, I was just thinking of asking you what the music buzz is this year at SXSW!