Day starts heading to Mellow Johnny’s bike shop to catch Pickwick only came to know this band when doing some SXSW research and really glad I did. This kid has got it, band is great, not sure how to describe him but, his voice is stunning and I would suggest to anyone, go and check out the band and their KEXP radio station videos.
Now it’s off to Cedar Street to see Of Monsters & Men and Ed Sheeran. Of Monsters & Men are fantastic. Very similar to our Canadian band the Stars, great harmonies, clever songs, from Iceland! Ed Sheeran is up next, and this guy is pretty darned entertaining. He does have a great voice, and by his last song, he has got the entire crowd doing an audience participation song, while he loops some self-created beats on his mic, he has a split crowd singing parts of the song. He is a showman and must admit, I quite liked it!
An attempt now to go see Dry The River failed as the W Hotel patio where they were to playing only holds 100 people and its well past full. So....back to Mellow Johnny’s for rockabilly band JD MacPherson. New cd coming out on Rounder, this fellow and his band mates know what they are doing. A great showman with a spectacular band. Big keys, stand-up bass, saxophone, great upbeat party going on at Mellow Johnny’s
Now we return to Cedar for the sweet harmonies of Grafitti6 and Fanfarlo, both great patio music, especially when you are on Cedar St Courtyard!
Dinner time! A little rest then mayhem! Here is where I throw in my opinion ....watch out....don’t hate me!!
Again...the plan changes ……We check out the Google/YouTube party line-up...none! Easy access for badges so, we decide to go see Nick Waterhouse and Lee Fields at the Hype hotel.
Nick Waterhouse comes on with three backup singers, saxophone and a great rock-a-billy blues sound. A rocking band and a great start...the kid really gets the people moving!
Next up, Lee Fields! He is like a smaller version of Charles Bradley...but with more energy! This young/old guy sings for the ladies and they sing back...if only I had half of this senior citizens soul or charm!! Fantastic set!!
Then a quick run up to see Cults and Frankie Rose at the aforementioned You Tube/Google party. Cults are perfectly dreamy and a great sunny band to listen to in the beating sun! Frankie Rose fits right in as well; though everyone including the band seems to be suffering from the night before, and that morning feeling but, both bands get a great response.
Wedneday ...first full day in Austin...lets jump in!
Start off by wandering up toward Mohawk to see django django but we have a little time. Why not go into Paste magazine party, get some early cool sounds and beers. Sandra shops for lovely Tretorn shoes on display and then listen to a kick ass New Orleans band called mynameisjohnmichaelfantastic horns, great New Orleans blues rock sound with a dynamic energetic little singer who has the spirit of some great performers in him like Springsteen.It’s great how these little side trips turn out so well
Now to Mohawk.django django are first on, club offers some great viewing spots so crowd looks sparse but by the time the band gets into their 3rd song...everyone is paying attentionI did love the record so am particularly happy that they can pull it off live, great fun, like a funky Byrds at times, fun to watch especially when 3 of the 4 band members play keyboards at once and everyone agrees!
Inside Mohawk its Husky performing. I didn’t know much about these guys but they are a solid 4 piece with beautiful harmonies. and a great front guy
Outside now for Kindness, a funky awkward long haired white guy singing funky pop songs ...good band and back up singers, they have their moments.
Realised after dinner that Campfire Trails show did not start until 9pm so got antsy and decided to push my luck and hit another club first.
Hype hotel with a huge line was starting Tuesday night and first band of the evening was Oberhofer..lots of buzz about this Brooklyn band so we took the chance, and though there was a huge line, badges went on in.
The spirited, Strokes"ish" Oberhofer hit the stage and these kids were fantastic, highlight of the evening for sure. Young but very polished, energetic little fellas, floppy haired and rocking. it was a hoot.
Then it was off to Bat Bar for Campfire Trails night. First off,. Apache Relay. Almost Dry the River but not quite there, their set was haunted by what I thought was no vocals audible for the first few songs. This turned out to be an issue all night. Good little band with a little Springsteen thrown in with a cover of State Trooper.