I went to my first SXSW this year. The worst part: walking what felt like a half-marathon every day. The best part: seeing all these shows for free! (I paid $0 to see all the bands below).
Tuesday was pretty slow, so I went to the Topshelf Records showcase. I didn’t know how to feel when the free food advertised was pickle slices. Anyways, I finally got my first chance to hear A Great Big Pile of Leaves live after reading a lot about them here. They were very sharp – their drummer was especially talented (he doubled as MANSIONS’ drummer later as well) and their bassist provides some great harmonies. My only criticism would be that the singer could stand to develop some charisma/stage presence. Young Statues was next, and I have to...[read more]