Cool Bands Make Big Music at Smaller Shows
I had no idea that my adventures during SXSW would lead me to some really awesome gigs at, of all places, clothing shops.
I did not stutter. Amidst dresses and pants, belts, boots and scarves, onlookers gathered in cozy nooks to get rocked out by some rather impressive sets. There’s something about the intimacy of the spaces that really makes it a unique and fun experience.
My first stop was at Blue Velvet Vintage on North Loop, where I had the pleasure of seeing performances by Dublin, Ireland garage psych rockers The Urges, and Philadelphia psych punk purveyors Love City. My ears were smokin’ after those sets. It’s right there in your face – and it’s fantastic, I tell you.
A little later in the evening, I took my trusty camera over to Hovercraft on South Congress for a great bunch of sets by Dead Black Hearts, Motel Aviv, and Stereo Is A Lie. I’m not sure if you can tell on the video clip, but Stereo Is A Lie’s vocalist and lead dude Glynn Wedgewood did one of his wild finales, complete with feedback from Wedgewood and guitar – on the floor. Rock ‘n’ roll will never die, baby.
Dead Black Hearts at Hover Craft
Motel Aviv at Hover Craft
Stereo is a Lie at Hover Craft