Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This first installment of our SXSW Shows to Know column highlights the Merge Records Showcase, which just so happens to be our most anticipated showcase at SXSW this year, thanks to none other than the headliner, Destroyer. It is no secret that we are infatuated by Mr. Bejar's tunes, and his new album Trouble in Dreams has only increased that infatuation with each listen. This is one show that is guaranteed to have our attendance, and if my senses are correct, this one will be on a lot of people's minds. Just in case you think about blowing this one off, keep in mind that it is Destroyer's only scheduled performance at the festival and when he goes on tour in April, he won't be coming to Texas at all.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
As you can tell by the title, we skipped out on Super Furry Animals, but we've never really listened to them and they could not have topped The Fiery Furnaces anyway. Sorry if you're disappointed!
The show was kicked off by Holy Fuck, who did their best to get things started on the right foot. Their performance got a good deal of people to at least stop and sway a little, while some seemed more prone to freaking out. Either way, the band did a fine job of warming the crowd up for The Fiery Furnaces.
If one thing became a little bit clearer after the band's performance, it was that they are not just a brother and sister duo. Yes, Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger do bear most of the weight, but the live sound with ex-Sebadoh bassist Jason Loewenstein and well-bearded drummer Bob D'Amico completes the total package. They played a good deal of the best cuts from 2007's excellent Widow City and various older tracks. Every song had various live tweaks that worked well with their live setup and would make for a great live recording or videos (which someone was recording...). To us, The Fiery Furnaces were the headliners of the night, and with good reason.