Posted in music | pictures on March 14, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin

Damon, Annie, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy at the NPR Showcase - SXSW 2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014

"Damon Albarn hasn't played yet, has he?" we ask. The woman on the door shakes her head. Flushed with the thrill of absurd luck, we don't stop to wonder why.

The venue inside is half empty. Damon takes to the stage almost an hour late, around 1.30am, and with his touring band runs us through a raft of wry, meandering art pop tunes. There are shades of Gorillaz when he pulls out the melodica, misguided chugs of rock'n'roll, bittersweet ballads. It doesn't sound great, but his presence is entertaining enough. He's still beautiful, if a little grumpy when the performance gets cut short. He apologises. "We got messed about this evening, I'm sorry," he offers. "It happens sometimes." - [The Music]

Damon Albarn presented much of his solo debut Wednesdaysday night (3/12) in SXSW at Stubb's as part of NPR's official showcase. (It was the same night and on the same street as Tuesday's tragic events, though most attendees were unaware.) St. Vincent played before him and went on a little late -- and maybe played longer than scheduled. Damon didnt go on until 1:20AM ish -- He was supposed to start at 12:30. It was cold. Damon apologized for having to pull some songs from his set list, but mentioned with so many acts and set ups it couldn't be helped. His set up took a while but he sounded great once it eventually got underway.

Albarn also played The Jimmy Kimmel Show (part of his SXSW Week) while in Austin, performing "Mr. Tembo" & "Lonely Press Play." You can watch video of that below.

The whole evening was pretty stacked, as mentioned, with St. Vincent delivering an electrifying performance, plus Kelis serving up Food songs and her first live show in three years. (You can stream audio of her full show below.) Eagulls and the bass-tossin' Perfect Pussy played too.

More pictures from NPR's SXSW showcase, plus Kelis stream and Damon Albarn videos, below...

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Kelis

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St. Vincent

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Damon Albarn

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Damon Albarn - Tembo


Damon Albarn - Lonely Press Play

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Comments (12)

Annie Clark looks like Phyllis Diller

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:14 PM

Bring back the Gorillaz David!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:28 PM

Bring back Blur already.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:34 PM

LCD was special

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:52 PM

Perfect Pugface!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:55 PM

Gorillaz > Blur

How's that suiting you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:59 PM

Melancholy Hill on the setlist... The highlight of all SXSW 2014!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 1:05 PM

Annnnnniiiieeeeeeeeeee.

My oh my, when you strap that guitar on and shred my heart melts ten times over and and over.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 1:36 PM

Annie Clark shreds and she's stunning.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 1:48 PM

npr-core

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 3:38 PM

St. Vincent's performance was excellent.

The interview with Meredith Graves was nauseating. She went on and on about how she was born punk, grew up listening to NPR, and never didn't know who Poly Styrene was. We get it, you're really cool and didn't have a mainstream childhood. Here's a punk cookie.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 4:34 PM

I just wish I was here. I've been hearing such good comments about them, that they sing good and perform.

Posted by Roger Stanton | March 14, 2014 7:20 PM

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