SXSW Music Highlights Day 5: PINS, Carey, The Zolas, JONES, Dreamers & Sofi Tukker

SXSW Music Highlights Day 5: PINS, Carey, The Zolas, JONES, Dreamers & Sofi Tukker
SXSW Music Highlights Day 5: PINS, Carey, The Zolas, JONES, Dreamers & Sofi Tukker Flickr: mattmangum

Like sunlight on a broken column, SXSW is over, more distant and more solemn than a fading star.

Carey

8 p.m. @ Javelina

I met another band from Nashville while finishing the beer I bought right before Carey’s set ended. They were there for moral support. One of them looked exactly like Garth Algar and I regret not being able to remember their band name.

PINS

9 p.m. @ Blackheart

The PINS: The only Mancunians cool enough to make you wish you grew up in Manchester.

Kapitol

10 p.m. @ Blackheart

I’ve never heard of this band and they’re surprisingly ungoogleable, but it didn’t make sense to leave the venue just to come back for JONES.

I couldn’t find a music video of theirs that didn’t start with some woman on a mattress, so I went with this song. I spent most of their show inside the bar (they were playing the outdoor stage) after they tried covering Heroes by David Bowie.

JONES

11 p.m. @ Blackheart

Somebody asked me what JONES’s sound was right before their set started and after a moment, I went with late 80s mixed with late 2000s indie, with a healthy dose of modern blog pop. I have no idea what that means, but she seemed to buy it, so here we are.

The Zolas

12:15 a.m. @ The Sidewinder

Best live show I saw during SXSW. If you ever get a chance, go see The Zolas live.

Dreamers

12:45 a.m. @ The Sidewinder

Somebody who grew up in LA described them (as they were playing) as Social Distortion without the edge and I was inclined to agree, until I realized how different the Dreamers's sound is not-live.

Sofi Tukker

1:15 a.m. @ The Sidewinder

I told the people I was with that this was either going to be the best show ever, or the biggest disappointment. Suffice to say, Joey Bada$$ was playing at the same time and I made a giant mistake. You can’t really hold it against them because of the musical style, but most of their set was pre-recorded and again, Joey Bada$$.

Randomly Encountered Hopefuls

Danny Fingers and the Thumbs

Maayan Oppenheim

Atomic Stooges

Also These Guys, Holding Down Auditorium Shores:

Intocable

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