SXSW 2014 Day 3 – March 14th, 2014

Today was about long encampments and it started out at the convention center. The first band was Papa.

A decent rock quartet with a drummer that sings. Is it coming in the air tonight? Maybe.

Next was another LA band, NO.

It’s easy to dismiss these guys as a facsimile of a more National-y known band but they sounded great and rocked the hell out of that ballroom.

Now here there was a switch in the schedule so I sat through Real Estate.

They had a great, clean sound and managed to get some audience members to dance in the front; this is an impressive feat. Trust me.

Finally I caught the Dum Dum Girls.

Raven haired, jangling vintage instruments, dressed like the Victoria’s Secret goth collection, what’s not to love?

Next I ran down to the trade show to see Caught A Ghost.

They were doing a pretty good job of updating that 60’s soul / R&B sound, plus they had a cutie from Veronica Mars in the band.

I ran to church to see one of my favorite Midwest honeys, Haley Bonar.

Once again, she manages to blow up my expectations with a couple of her songs. Bravo.

A quick jog down to the Dirty Sixth and I caught Fofe Y Los Fetiches.

Yeah… so then I caught Svper.

They were more my style. I was really digging the female singer, too.

I then ran down Brazos for another bit of trench warfare. The first band was some sort of Stevie-Nicks-meets-techno act called White Sea.

Next was Gary Numan.

Yes, the guy that sings “Cars”. First off, he sounded great. And he looks damn good, too. I wonder what keeps him looking so young.

The final act of the night was Blondie.

Not bad for a 68 year old woman. Also, when she seamlessly transition from Rapture to The Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right To Party”, she did so like a champ.

So, my pick of the day… I’m gonna split it between NO

Leave The Door Wide Open

… and Haley Bonar.

Last War

Enjoy.

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