Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on March 24, 2009

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SXSW

"For the entirety of SXSW I was really only holding my breath for one band, namely Explosions In The Sky (EITS). Now I'm sure there were other great bands at SXSW this year - there were after all 1400 bands or so playing - but of all the bands I knew, they were at the top of my list to see.

EITS played at the river shores at night, where the band was framed against the brightly lit skyline of the lonstar's capitol - the setting, truly, couldn't have been more grand. When the guys took the stage you could tell that they were totally overwhelmed by how many people had come out to see them in their own hometown of Austin. The crowd must have easily numbered in the thousands, and it seemed pretty obvious that this was going to be one of the biggest and most memorable shows of their career.

The show itself was beautifully performed, but one thing just about killed it for me: the sound!...

....Finally, though, one thing made it all right again: fireworks. During their soaring last song, fireworks explode all over the night-time sky. Obvious, perhaps... but undeniably perfect and beautiful. So, a great ending, right?

Almost. Unfortunately, the crowd goes nuts and yells for encores like crazy, but the fireworks just keep going and going and going with no EITS to be seen. The firework spectacle is now beginning to turn somewhat comically meandering. A guy behind me tells his friend "just like the music... a lot of false finales." The crowd, however, doesn't budge and you can still hear shouts for more songs ten minutes after they played their final chord.

Finally, the guitarist walks back on stage, you hear the familiar hum of a cable being moved around inside the socket of a guitar, and everyone cheers, for we interpret this as the sound of him plugging his guitar back in to play us one final song.

It was the sound of him unplugging it... " [The Enright House]

Tickets are still on sale for the previously announced Central Park Summerstage show. Since that announcement, they added a few more shows to their "10th anniversary" summer itinerary. Those dates and more SXSW pictures below...

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Explosions in the Sky - 2009 Tour Dates
6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
6/30 New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage
7/2 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
9/9 Antwerp, Belgium @ Ampitheatre Riviernhof
9/11 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

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Comments (13)

"For the entirety of SXSW I was really only holding my breath for one band, namely Explosions In The Sky (EITS)."

Sheesh, a tad obsessive, isn't it? EITS have been together for a decade now. Sure they are great, but can you really be that excited after the 3-4th time seeing them?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 7:00 PM

i'm guessing ppl didn't get the memo that they never play encores

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 7:20 PM

look at all them fixies

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 7:29 PM

"look at all them fixies"

I know. It's so sad to see the hipster bike craze sweep across the country. Whatever happened to biking being a hobby, and not a trendy thing to do?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 7:42 PM

setlist?

Posted by dee | March 24, 2009 8:10 PM

oh my god, that looks so awesome! I've been dying to see them outdoors! too bad the sound at most out door venues is balls.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 9:22 PM

pass the blotter

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 10:20 PM

one of the most boring bands i've ever seen live..

Posted by nsfw | March 24, 2009 11:14 PM

just a point of clarification - the bikes were part of a huge, free 'bike valet' that sxsw organized, cool idea

Posted by jacob | March 25, 2009 12:18 AM

they were amazing in 2002 with trail of dead at bowery...with secret machines opening no less.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 12:29 AM

The sound at Auditorium Shores was horrible! We left before the set was over. No point in hanging around for something we couldn't hear anyway.

Posted by Ana | March 25, 2009 12:39 AM

Never play encores. If you think they are boring live then perhaps you haven't seen them pre-All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. Them in '05 at the Bowery was an excellent show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 9:13 AM

awesome photos
that first one is epic

Posted by Steven | June 28, 2009 6:29 PM

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