SXSW: And Now, In Local News
AUSTIN - I'm in the parking lot of a vintage clothing store but I may as well be at the Black Cat.
Le Loup is on stage, playing its accessibly quirky brand of banjo- and french-horn-driven indie-pop. Georgie James (performing as a duo) preceded them and six more D.C. bands follow. The venue is a few miles from the main drag so there's not a whole lot of walk-up here. But there are writers from Express, DCist and Washingtonian ... and, of course, all those D.C. band members.
Middle Distance Runner flew down here just for this show and will be playing exclusively on borrowed equipment. That's either admirable commitment or serious fiscal irresponsibility. Georgie James quickly shuffled off to the second of three gigs today. (Though not before Laura Burhenn checked out some of those vintage threads, of course.) Le Loup - which is finishing up its impressive set - and These United States both have other showcase appearances with big name acts such as Ra Ra Riot and the Raveonettes.
So if it's just like being at the Black Cat, why am I here when there are hundreds of bands to see that I can't see every weekend? Um, good question.
And now it's off to the Other Music party with Mika Mika and Jay Reatard, both of whom I'll be writing more about later.
By David Malitz |
March 13, 2008; 3:56 PM ET
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