Words by: Kayceman
SXSW :: 03.12.08 :: Austin, TX
It's that time of year again kids. SXSW is back in action. Over the next five days well over a thousand bands will be playing in every nook and cranny in Austin. As it would clearly be impossible to see even a fraction of this action - and as it would obviously be unwise to spend too much time blogging in our room - we're here to bring you our Top 3 Moments from each dirty day.
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SXSW :: 03.12
On the first official day of SXSW, coming in at number three was Wax Fang. This Louisville, Kentucky freakout trio brought the noise to a packed bar of amped-up rock fans. What made this act special was the relentless drumming and huge, loud, psychedelic sections that exploded without warning.
Coming in at number two was Dark Meat. With what appeared to be 19 people with painted faces, they couldn't even fit on the stage and spilled out to fill in the floor with six horns, a flute, all kinds of percussion, two drummers and lots of guitars. If Frank Zappa actually ate acid and fronted the Polyphonic Spree, this would be his band.
The Black Keys. Whenever two guys sound like four, they win. With heaps of feedback and a stellar batch of new songs, this was the most overpowering gig of the night. Bouncing from frantic guitars to pummeling Rhodes electric piano, Dan Auerbach is slowly growing into a true rock hero.
Honorable mention goes to The Weather Underground who set up their anthem-pop with well placed hooks and passionate delivery, not to mention a nice lil' "Dear Prudence" cover.
Check back soon as we'll be reporting each and every day from Austin...