The Complete SXSW Haiku Reviews

For anti-Twitters
Quick rundown of all I saw
Chronological

Wednesday
Champagne Champagne
Seattle hip-hop
Rapper in Morrissey shirt
How soon is over?

The Coathangers
Party punk done right
Screaming, spitting, cursing - girls!
Music should be fun

Cotton Jones
Folky jamboree
Nice background music, sorry
Get innocuous

Juliette and the New Romantiques
The other sister!
Does better Janis than most
Leaves it all on stage

Echo and the Bunnymen
So many great hits!
Easily stand test of time
"The Killing Moon" - swoon

(Dozens more after the jump.)

Thursday
Eat Skull
Don't call it lo-fi
Slightly off kilter punk rock
Loud, hooky, awesome

Hank IV
Nope, not Williams
Not pretty music or band
Don't ever turn down

Psychedelic Horses***
Tons of attitude
Scuzzy in all the best ways
They call it s***gaze

The Homosexuals
Still awesome this year
Every time I see them
I lose self control

8Ball and MJG
Proto-southern rap
Were Outkast before Outkast
They canceled, of course

Thee Oh Sees
Oh Sees - Oh My God
Hip-shakin' garage rock blast
Favorite so far

King Khan and the Shrines
Rock-soul revival
Horn section and cheerleader
All shtick but still fun

Bar-Kays
Dudes played with Otis!
Well, not actually these dudes
Still some heavy funk

Friday
Max Tundra
Lots of toy keyboards
Oddly compelling weirdo
Electro Weird Al?

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Festival darlings
Line was too long to get in
From outside sounds good

Woods
Jangly and jammy
Galaxie four hundred ten?
Nice afternoon tunes

Wavves
Wavves suxx? Not really
Sun-kissed fuzzy pop nuggets
He's cuter than you

Future of the Left
Sinister, angry
Like getting kicked in the face
And begging for more

BBQ
Not food - I hate food
Like Buddy Holly gone punk
As great as that sounds

Gary War
Reverb! More reverb!
Solo guy goes loud with band
Like quiet better

The Sonics
Old dudes are still spry
Rock-and-roll legends on fire
"Have Love Will Travel"!

Future of the Left
Brutal, snarling bliss
How can three folks rock this hard?
Can't see them enough

Kurt Vile
Remember this name
A songwriter for our time
Like that other Kurt

Wovenhand
Hypnotic doom folk
Music of apocalypse
More intense than death

Major Stars
Face-melting psych rock
Obliterates ear drums, too
Evil Deep Purple

Crystal Stilts
Not obscenely loud!
Way woozy and shambolic
I know the feeling

Saturday
Guinea Worms
Roll off of the couch
See some fractured guitar pop
"Box of Records," hott

Christmas Island
Like a nerdy Wavves
San Diego fuzzy pop
Where the bloggers at?

Terrible Twos
Wake up! Thrash punk time!
More effective than coffee
Not as addictive

Blank Dogs
Distorted junk pop
Dynamite fifteen minutes
Lot like Jay Reatard

The Van Pelt
Nineties emo lives!
Chris Leo - ace speak-singer
Ah, memory lane

Echo and the Bunnymen
Went back for seconds
Sterile venue, subdued show
"The Cutter" still slayed

Kurt Vile
Tom Petty gone punk?
Always hiding behind hair
Drone folk punk noise blast

Lou Barlow
Too quiet and calm
Need to hear something louder
And not as wimpy

Ty Segall
Seen tons of garage
West coast youngster still stands out
Actual moshing!

Box Elders
Fuzz punk singalongs
Like old school Black Lips, sans pee
Good 7-inch band

Gentleman Jesse and His Men
Hard-edged power pop
Best hooks I've heard this whole week
Dare you not to dance

Let's Wrestle
Distinctly British
Young lads play peppy anthems
Plenty of promise

Ra Ra Riot
Undergrad indie
Feel good, catchy, romantic
This band helps you score

By David Malitz |  March 23, 2009; 4:54 AM ET Haiku , SXSW
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darn creative Malitz

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