photos by Tim Griffin
"Not sure about the recorded stuff, but, live, Here We Go Magic's sound made for an enjoyable listen. It was rocky, bouncy, and sometimes outright dancey--but with enough complex time changes thrown in to keep listeners off-guard and from getting too comfortable in one place...Dawes kicked off the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club Deville on the first night of SXSW 2010. They were followed by HWGM & The Middle East who played before a delayed (technical issues) Bowerbirds who managed to get a set in before Califone took the stage almost an hour after their posted set time. Of course that meant the night's closer Serena Maneesh also went on an hour late - 2am to be exact, and then were cut a bit short by the venue who wanted to go home. It was a long day that started at noon down the street at Emo's (on two stages). More pictures, reviews, and videos from the night below...
...The Middle East very much lived up to the hype it had earned at last weekend's NX35 conferette in Denton, where it went from a relative unknown to a much-buzzed-about-Denton act. This Austin crowd seemed relatively unfamiliar with the act as well--but also was eventually won over. Gorgeous stuff, indeed, if a little too mellow and unvaried." [Dallas Observer]
More Dawes HERE.
Here We Go Magic
"The interesting thing about the night time shows, is that not even the folks with the expensive badges, can get into a venue once it has hit capacity. The same goes for wristband holders. Many of the evening showcases are open only to badge and wristband holders, who tend to be music industry and press people. But it's still about capacity.The Middle East
This was the case tonight at Stubb's, where the bill included The Walkmen, Broken Bells and Spoon. The line was extremely long, and not moving enough to create hope of seeing those bands. Before The Walkmen even completed their set, venue staff were telling people in line that they might as well go somewhere else because the joint was at capacity and badge holders, if there was capacity to let anyone else in, would get first priority. Basically, even badge holders were not guaranteed entry because any sane person that actually got in to Stubb's this evening wouldn't be stupid enough to leave, especially since Spoon wasn't scheduled until 12:15am. For many of us, not getting in was a big let-down. OK, get over it fast, and hit another venue with a solid showcase that may be a better shot.
So, we dashed across the street to Club De Ville in hopes of seeing Here We Go Magic, The Middle East, Bowerbirds and Califone. Unfortunately, it was pretty much the same deal. Club Deville was filled to capacity with little chance of getting in no matter how long you waited." [Gritty Blues]
"1. Here We Go Magic, Wednesday, Club de Ville. When this indie rock band, led by Luke Temple, stopped at the Parish last year with Grizzly Bear, they were good; this time around, they were great, hitting their notes perfectly.Bowerbirds
2. Bowerbirds, Wednesday, Club de Ville. The indie acoustic group delivered a warm, compelling performance that merged folk and Americana sounds, with a hefty dose of accordion." [Austin Music Source]
"I headed over to Club DeVille for the Brooklyn Vegan showcase to see Califone. I caught quite a bit of Bowerbirds. They sounded great, complete with accordian and ukelele.Serena Maneesh
My friend Joshua informed me that Alex Chilton had died. So sad. It was an apparent heart attack. He was only 59. I was looking forward to seeing him with Big Star on Friday. He will be missed.
Califone was good, but I was hoping to hear the stellar song "The Orchids" off of their wonderful album "Roots and Crowns." They didn't play it." [A Sleey Company]
"John got to check out the amazing Serena Maneesh last Friday at the Brooklyn Vegan's SxSw showcase at Club Deville. In my opinion, one of the three greatest shoegaze-influenced bands that exists." [Holler, Wild Rose]