Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2011

words & photos by Chris Gersbeck

!!! @ the BrooklynVegan/MFM Day Party Saturday
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By the time Saturday rolled around in Austin, I was admittedly starting to tire of the massive crowd that had been occupying 6th Street since I arrived on Tuesday. That didn't stop me from hitting up as much live music as I could in that final day though. Thanks to an insane amount of free day parties, this was a relatively easy task, albeit an exhausting one.

To start things off, Jonny Corndawg (who has a Brooklyn Bowl residency coming up) was playing a Fiji Water-sponsored, artist-only brunch in the upstairs of Barbarella where the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal Day party was happpening downstairs (with !!!, Trail of Dead & more). Though I've seen Corndawg several times before, it goes without saying that he's an entertaining performer/songwriter, and his intimate set was well received by the early morning brunch-eating fans.

After that I jetted downstairs to the outside Barbarella stage to catch one of the weirder performances I'd seen all week. Misteur Valaire, a five piece Canadian dance-punk outfit energetically jumped around stage, switching instruments on nearly every song, and often breaking out into choreographed dance sequences. To say it was odd is an understatement, but nonetheless I had a smile on my face the entire time. It was also a great way to embrace us for the crazy dance party that ensued when !!! (chk-chk-chk) took the stage next.

Nic Offer, easily the greatest short-shorts wearing frontman in indie rock, made no hesitation in getting the increasingly packed outdoor crowd dancing for !!!'s set. Though he did express his dismay of there being a couch on the dance floor (yes, for some reason there was a couch in the middle of the dance floor), Offer used it as a prop to jump into the middle of the crowd several times. And their tribute to the late Nate Dogg, a cover of "Get Up", was a great way to conclude their set.

Up next on the Barbarella outdoor stage was Austin's own Trail of Dead, who initially suffered from sound/equipment problems, but eventually got it together to play a pulverizing set to the still packed outdoor stage. Though short in length, it was in no way short on enthusiasm, and Trail of Dead blasted through their set as they flung themselves around on stage. Bassist Autry Fulbright III even broke a bass string towards the end of their ecstatic concluding song, a feat I've rarely seen accomplished.

After an ill-fated trip to the free Mess With Texas party where I hoped to catch the Dead Milkmen and Odd Future (the location was so dusty and packed it was unbearable), I was able to make it into the official Red Ryder SXSW showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church on 8th Street in time to witness a jaw dropping performance from Sharon Van Etten.

Sharon Van Etten @ the Red Ryder SXSW showcase
Sharon Van Etten

Van Etten was one of the more talked about performers of the entire SXSW festival, and I couldn't have been happier to catch her set after missing her at the BrooklynVegan showcase earlier in the week. The church made for absolutely breathtaking acoustics. Members of Wye Oak and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone watched from the balcony. I cannot stress it enough, do not miss her upcoming show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 16th.

Portland, Oregon super-sized group Typhoon followed Sharon Van Etten, and though that may have been the problem, it was also a reminder that often less is more. Not to say they didn't put on a heartfelt performance, or that the massive church setting wasn't perfect for their big, full sound, but their enthusiasm at times came off as a bit much. Though if you're a fan of the Polyphonic Spree or We're From Barcelona, Typhoon is likely right up your alley.

After catching them at the Bowery Ballroom the week prior, I was definitely excited to see the Rural Alberta Advantage again. They didn't disappoint. Stating that they played the same venue at SXSW in 2009, keyboardist Amy Cole expressed a slight feeling of déjà vu, but said they were happy to be performing in such a space for a second time. What was apparently a repeat of that '09 performance, the band returned for an encore of a stripped down performance of their song "Good Night" surrounded by the crowd, completely un-mic'd and unplugged. It was an entrancing and honest moment from the Canadian band, and a perfect way to end a long, long week of live music where I also caught sets by The Kills and Atlas Sound.

Pictures from everything mentioned above, below...

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Atlas Sound @ Flamingo Cantina

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Johnny Corndawg @ Barbarella (BV/Fiji Artist Brunch)

Johnny Corndawg

Johnny Corndawg

Misteur Valaire (BV Party @ Barbarella)

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire

!!! (BV Party @ Barbarella)

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And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (BV Party @ Barbarella)

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Sharon Van Etten @ Central Presbyterian Church

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Typhoon @ Central Presbyterian Church

Typhoon

Typhoon

Typhoon

Typhoon

Typhoon

Typhoon

The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Central Presbyterian Church

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

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Comments (33)

no hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 4:48 PM

phew. a non-metal story. now the kiddies can stop crying.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 4:50 PM

Blasphemy! You rock and roll heathens will be banished to the pit of Hell for disgracing the house of the Lord!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 4:54 PM

Nothing wrong with putting your camera case in the Holy Water font (see last pic)

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:00 PM

gonna totally disagree with you on typhoon there. best thing that week.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:02 PM

if only i had noticed that while i was there, i would've gotten a closeup... that's pretty funny/horrible.

Posted by chris g | March 23, 2011 5:03 PM

Are these bands Bruise Cruise approved?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:03 PM

oh Hipster Vegan, too bad you are so jaded that you cannot enjoy really music made by musicians with no pretentious bullshit. Typhoon not only got a standing ovation, there were more than a few without a dry eye. Get over yourself, and realize that one day you will be raving about this new band, so don't make yourself look like an asshole now......oops, too late.

Posted by veggie veagan | March 23, 2011 5:04 PM

Veggie Veagan - I ate your mother's loin last night in the form of a T-bone steak. She was quite tasty.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:08 PM

any more bruise cruise pictures?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:11 PM

Hipster bands should not wear Threadless shirts while performing...those t's are for us in the crowd, trying to be sullen, ironic and too cool for aforementioned bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:13 PM

nobody actually likes sharon van etton

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:16 PM

yes, but everybody likes sharon van ettEn

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:18 PM

(1) this pic is hilarious:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/chkchkchk/barbarella/4.jpg

who is that guy in the front just standing there at the !!! show?!?!?!?!

(2) !!! is eff'ing awesome, can't wait for bonnaroo

(3) amy cole is sooooo hot i just want to pop some xannies and play house with her forever

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:18 PM

Izzat Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy, RIP?

Posted by TWIGS | March 23, 2011 5:39 PM

and on a related note, can you believe that Liz Taylor died today? Oh, sorry kids, that's Michael Jackson's grandmother.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:44 PM

What a cuntfest this is going to be...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:47 PM

Noun
sausage fest (plural sausage fests)
1.(slang) A party or gathering where the vast majority of people are boys or men.
This party is a total sausage fest! Let's call Sarah and have her bring some of her girlfriends over.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:51 PM

I Like SVE and apparently BV does too

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 6:08 PM

also for those interested, !!! is playing NYU on 3/31. open to the public-- deets here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205132062847320

Posted by monaco | March 23, 2011 6:17 PM

sounds like a rockin good time in Austin!!

Posted by db | March 23, 2011 6:28 PM

SXSW was so overblown this year. Can't wait until things get back to normal around here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 6:35 PM

Anyone with a facebook account want to let me in on the joke that is 6:17's post?

or is chk chk chk really playing NYU next thursday? that is also the final T5 LCDSS show EVARRRR

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 6:39 PM

@6:39 it is true! and they're playing with darwin deez. you can see it on the nyu program board website: http://www.nyu.edu/clubs/pb/
Non-nyu can buy tickets the day of the show at 566 LaGuardia Place

Posted by monaco | March 23, 2011 7:01 PM

haaa 7:01 that is awesome

that could be a better time than LCD at T5

it might also be terrible tho

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 7:34 PM

These photos are from the Douche Cruise?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 8:18 PM

bv/m4mtl parties rule!!

Posted by m for meathead | March 23, 2011 9:26 PM

Austin. The city of the future, and will always be.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:06 PM

!!! owns

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:06 AM

"chk chk chk
please return the pager to the courtesy counter
your 15 minutes is up"

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:05 PM

that chk chk chk dude sure got him some nice man titties. I think we could hook him up with Big Freedia. can't wait for that pairing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 7:00 PM

Nice pics! Here's some video of that !!! show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brQsbUp75nw

Posted by Jacob | March 28, 2011 8:53 AM

sweet video!

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2011 9:38 PM

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