photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Hot Legs @ the SPIN party @ Stubb's in Austin - March 20, 2009
AUSTRALIA's THE AGE's SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BREAKDOWNThe novelty act played two shows (that I know of) at SXSW this past week. There was the Friday afternoon SPIN party (pictured above), and the 11pm set at Emo's Annex the next night. I caught the latter which satisfied my need to see the leader of the Darkness's new band at least once. I doubt i would go see them again, or even really listen to more than maybe a single, but they were fun, and they shred on guitar.
Bizarre supergroup: Tinted Windows features members of Hanson, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne playing catchy guitar-pop.
The pin-up: Sienna-lookalike Little Boots combines pre-recorded beats with synth and live drummer.
Commercial breakthrough: Cutesy New Yorkers Chairlift are already featured on an iPod ad.
Novelty act: Hot Leg is the new 1980s hair-metal project for Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.
Critical darlings: UK act Mumford and Sons and their four-part harmonies.
Stadium potential: London goths White Lies attempt to merge U2 and the Killers. Playing Splendour in the Grass.
Crowd favourite: Boston act Passion Pit -- big on hand claps and synths.
Best new band name: Airborne Toxic Event have just signed to Universal and combine Bruce Springsteen and the Hold Steady.
More pictures Jacob took on Friday, below...
Black Lips @ Stubb's - SPIN party
Mi Ami @ Habana Bar - AAM party
Casiokids @ Habana Calle - BrooklynVegan / Sweden Does SXSW party
The line to get in Metallica
The Elite - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Floyd Dakil - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Eve and the Exiles - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Classie Ballou - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Huelyn Duvall - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Eli Reed and the True Loves horns warming up - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Barbara Lynn with Eli Reed and the True Loves
Roy Head - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
Silver Apples - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club
to be continued...