Posted in music | pictures on March 19, 2010

by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Middle East @ the BV official showcase @ Club DeVille
The Middle East

Early in the day The Canadian Blast BBQ & Showcase broadcast live back to Canada. I caught an in-form You Say Party! We Say Day! who, according to the presenting DJ, were making their first performance in the US in four years. (A little research found they were banned from performing after touring without visas in 2006.) Earlier on I managed to catch the last half of roots rockers Justin Rutledge and The Beauties. (The Beauties played their own official SXSW show later that night at Soho Lounge.) From there it was on to the evening showcases and the first stop being St. David's Historic Sanctuary for singer-songwriter Miranda Lee Richards who was at the grand piano when we walked in and nearly in the dark off to the side of the altar. She was followed by another singer-songwriter with backing band, Sweden's Sofia Talvik.

I then moved on to the BV party to catch The Middle East who were playing their second-ever show on American soil. The set started slowly but was buoyant by the time they got to "Blood" off their recordings of The Middle East EP. A brisk walk across town and a behind schedule Tap Room at Six allowed me to catch all of England's indiepop quartet Allo Darlin. Behind schedule became a theme as I settled into the Galaxy Room Backyard (KCRW Showcase) where Fitz and the Tantrums were still setting up. Their set was something else. Fun all around, tight contemporary Motown dance numbers that had people dancing and singing and when the sound guy told the band they had only one more song, Fitz responded, "We're playing at least two more." Sadly, they did only play one more. The last band of the night was Sweden's Miike Snow and their dance pop numbers. It took nearly 40 minutes for them to change out from The Tantrums' set and the crowd had been patient but getting anxious by the time they went on. They battled a few sound problem during their set but Animal was the song everyone came to hear and when they closed their set with it, the crowd danced and shouted along to every word. Heading back to the car I stumbled upon Black Top Demon who were set up between 6th and 7th Streets along Red River. St. Patrick's Day revelers were moving and shaking in front of them and their stripped down kick drum, guitar setup as they played all kinds of blues and rock numbers and even a Johnny Cash tune.

More pictures from the day below...

Allo Darlin

Allo Darlin

Allo Darlin

Allo Darlin

You Say Party We Say Die

You Say Party We Say Die

You Say Party We Say Die

You Say Party We Say Die

You Say Party We Say Die

You Say Party We Say Die

Justin Rutledge and the Beauties

Justin Rutledge and the Beauties

Justin Rutledge and the Beauties

Justin Rutledge and the Beauties

Justin Rutledge and the Beauties

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik

The Middle East

The Middle East

The Middle East

Allo Darlin (it was their first-ever US show!)

Allo Darlin

Allo Darlin

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Miike Snow


Black Top Demon

Black Top Demon

Black Top Demon

Black Top Demon

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Comments (11)

Allo Darlin was probably the biggest surprise of the week for me... top notch indiepop with a heart of gold.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2010 1:56 PM

I like that 4th pic. Looks like somebody finally decided to rip the arm off some bearded-fuck-with-an-acoustic to shut him up.

Posted by juepucta | March 22, 2010 3:23 PM

ahh...the beauty of St. Patricks day drunkenness...just look at that white doofus clapping in that last pic.

Posted by whitey claps on 1 and 3 | March 23, 2010 11:24 AM

The pics are amazing. The people were enjoying the party, it can be seen on all pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by King M. | June 17, 2010 3:56 PM

I remember attending SXSW 2010, I'm in loved with The Canadian Blast BBQ, I wish those concerts happen more often.

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Posted by أضف موقعك | October 10, 2010 11:21 PM

lol rammstein all you want indeed,
it was the greatest rock circus ever seen
around here.
no american or british band put such a production on.
10 years in the waiting, that was an amazing show!
and coming from a veteran like myself, you better believe it.

Posted by منتديات | December 20, 2010 11:47 AM

Sofia Talvik is sooo damn hot! I'd like to give her my love and my music.

Posted by Sheds Australia | February 9, 2011 6:58 AM

These pictures remind of the Sxsw festival that happened this year - great event, as far as I can remember ;-)...

Posted by grill tester | April 7, 2011 8:58 AM

The pics are amazing. The people were enjoying the party, it can be seen on all pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by Bunch | May 30, 2013 9:51 PM

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