Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2009

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Hot Legs @ the SPIN party @ Stubb's in Austin - March 20, 2009
SXSW

AUSTRALIA's THE AGE's SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BREAKDOWN

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.

The 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.

More pictures Jacob took on Friday, below...

Black Lips @ Stubb's - SPIN party

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Mi Ami @ Habana Bar - AAM party

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Casiokids @ Habana Calle - BrooklynVegan / Sweden Does SXSW party

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The line to get in Metallica

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Continental Club

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The Elite - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Floyd Dakil - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Eve and the Exiles - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Classie Ballou - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Huelyn Duvall - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Eli Reed and the True Loves horns warming up - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Barbara Lynn with Eli Reed and the True Loves

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Roy Head - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Silver Apples - Ponderosa Stomp Revue - Continental Club

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Now check out Jacob's set from DAY 1 and DAY 2.

to be continued...

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Comments (12)

i'm liking these sxsw photos from jacob. very vibrant

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:40 PM

thanks for posting this list. as someone who did not go to the festival, I felt the press coverage (at least in the major media) was dominated by all the major label acts (Metallica, Kayne, etc). someone should ban these major acts from indie festivals, they take attention away from the smaller bands.

Posted by nice list | March 23, 2009 2:03 PM

a gigantic LOL at anyone saying the airborne toxic event have a GOOD NAME (WHAT!) or make good music, neither of which are true by any stretch of the imagindicktion. lord.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:18 PM

I agree that the media focuses too much on the big parties and surprise acts - photographing sxsw for the 1st time this year, I had a much better time at the smaller showcases, it's an intimate, real music experience - which is 95% what sxsw music is - but the 5% of glitz and glamor gets all the media attention. It's boring shooting the big bands in the 3-song pit. (plus I encountered some slimy paparazzo there too) The smaller stages you can be on stage, talk to the band afterward and make more interesting pictures. Thanks to BV for being true and enthusiastic about the MUSIC

Posted by Jacob | March 23, 2009 2:42 PM

I hope Passion Pit does a NYC show soon. Would love to see them.

Posted by peanut | March 23, 2009 3:13 PM

Passion Pit played Bowery Ballroom less than a month ago, and it was completely awful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:32 PM

anon thanks for the info. what made it so awful?

Posted by peanut | March 23, 2009 4:52 PM

the fact that they suck.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 23, 2009 5:15 PM

Chairlift forever!

and oh yeah, airborne toxic event should not be on any best of lists.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:57 PM

cool beans

Posted by shmuela padnos | March 23, 2009 10:04 PM

"someone should ban these major acts from indie festivals"

Two problems with that one sentence. First of all, there is nothing indie about SXSW. Second, SXSW is not a festival.

Show me where on their About page do you see the word indie?

http://sxsw.com/about

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:12 PM

the fact that they suck.

Posted by iPhoneötzi | February 21, 2010 10:11 PM

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