SXSW 2012 starts on March 9th, but the music portion doesn't actually kick in until March 14th.
waterloorecords.com is live streaming their shows. They are also offering a free 2012 MP3 compilation album, featuring these tracks:
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Honey Honey - Angel Of Death
Howlin' Rain - Phantom In The Valley
Ruthie Foster - Welcome Home
Shearwater - You As You Were
Spoek Mathambo - Let Them Talk
Tribes - Whenever
Jimmy Cliff - World Upside Down
Truvium - In Waves
Like the live streaming, the free download might be only temporary, so grab them while you can.
We got there really late and only heard about one song. Great crowd and you can tell they have been playing together for a long time.
The Shins. I love James Mercer's hooks. But when it comes to playing to a big crowd, he has work to do. The band is really good, but there is very little interaction with the crowd. The place was reasonably close to full from what I could tell. But the between banter was minimal.
As my sister tells me, Austin loves a cheap show; I guess the Counting Crows will have another big crowd. I know Adam [Duritz] will be more engaging.
Now off to plan for tomorrow... We decided against the wrist bands so we are living off of the free stuff.
Keane was a lot like the Kaiser Chiefs. Play the hits and a few new ones. With a 30 min slot it's what you'd expect. The lead singer isn't as good front man as the guy from the Kaiser Chiefs.
Now at St Auditorium Shores to hear The Shins. Way to crowded to stand and watch inside. So we are across the street and will hope fully see them on the jumbo screen.
THE LITTLE WILLIES
Norah Jones and company playing old country covers: Dolly Patton, Hank Williams, and Loretta Lynne. Sounded great. The lead guitar player is amazing.
Version of "Jolene" was a highlight of the day!
Great set they know how to work a crowd. I have seen footage from Glastonbury and now live in a courtyard. They played "Ruby", "I Predict a Riot" and were really tight.
The lead singer is working the crowd getting them jumping up and down...
They rated highest so far for my wife this year.
Tried to get into NPR party for Poliça. Hundreds in line, so no chance.
Just saw Adam from Counting Crows walking down 4th Street.
Listening to the Band of Skulls at the Filter show. Can't get in, line is way too long...
New fashion statement here is cut off jeans for guys and some of the guys who man the cyclecabs wear tan colored bodysuits. It's gross.
Blitzen Trapper, these guys rock. Call it alt country or southern rock, either way they know what they are doing and they do it well.
Great tunes, three part harmonies and a really good lead guitarist. Well worth checking out.
They played three songs that have gotten airplay in Minneapolis so I knew some of the material.