SXSW: Mission Statement
AUSTIN - The mission for my maiden SXSW voyage is simple: see as much good music as possible. Perhaps that seems obvious or quaint or even boring but to me it's a no-brainer. Three nights, two days, hundreds of great bands - it would be silly not to take full advantage. So I won't spend much time trying to get into the "hot, exclusive" parties (sorry, Perez) or tracking down celebrities (although it was cool to see J Mascis just chilling in the lobby of my hotel) or even eating any delicious barbecue. It will simply be as much rock as I can handle.
The scene in Austin is about what you'd expect. Pretty much everybody looks like they are in a kinda crappy indie rock band. And that's probably somewhat accurate. Everyone is wearing their finest and most outlandish sunglasses. (In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit I'm guilty of this one.) Personally, I'm just happy to be here and to be safe; apparently it wasn't the greatest day to be flying Southwest Airlines.
Tonight is pretty open so the plan is to get acquainted with the main drag, try to figure out my way around the town and hopefully catch R.E.M. It's pretty hard to pass up the chance to see one of the 10 greatest bands of all time in a relatively small setting. And the new album only runs 35 minutes, so they will have to play some older stuff. Expect lots of reports starting tomorrow morning.
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