I know this is Monday but I want finish out my SXSW music notes before getting back to technology. I was pleased to attend SXSW for the first time. Except for the long lines, it exceeded expectations for both the tech part and the music part. I am grateful for Adobe Acrobat for enabling me to attend. For the first four days and nights I focused on the Interactive part, both sessions during the day and the parties at night. Then I switched to the music on the evening of March 13. I realized then That maybe I should have gone to some of the Sixth Street music bars before then. Next year I will know.
I began the evening at Headhunters 720 Red River St. They did not have food but the door guy said I go get some good cue up the street (at the place to the left) and bring it back to eat at their bar with one if their beers. I took his advice and listened to a high energy rock band that I believe are called the Audics. There were not on the program but served as a good opener to go with the cue and beer.
At 8 the Bipolar Gentlemen were fronted by a high-energy female lead. AS the program describes them, “Better than years of therapy. More effective than expensive prescription medication. It's the band all the critics are calling a quartet.” There were two guitars and percussionist who included objects like large metal springs and an empty (I hope) propane tank. They kicked the energy up another notch.
Scorpio Rising took things up another level. Described as an “electro/dance/rock band from Austin, Texas, whose recordings and intense live performances have made them one of Austin’s premiere entertainment commodities. Hailed as one of Austin’s best Goth/Industrial bands and DJ bands by the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.” I think this is accurate form what I saw. The energy they brought to the stage makes me think they could do well in some Boston dance clubs. We talked afterwards and I may make some recommendations for them.
I then switched over across the street to Elysium 705 Red River Street to see the StepKids from Connecticut. These guys come out in all white with a white background and do some creative things with lights as you can see below. The music was solid rock and stood up the to the lights. They are described as a “futuristic electro soul recorded on a reel-to-reel; soaring harmonies sung by three singer/songwriters; Kandinsky-esque visuals that make for enigmatic live performances.” This is a good description. One of the guitarists, Jeff Gitelman, resigned from touring as Alicia Keys' guitarist to focus full time on the band. They all three write the songs and all three of sang.
Afterwards I wondered out to Sixth Street and walked into what was for me the treat of the night. Jo Hell from Montreal played some great blues standards with a group of local blues, they were mostly men but there was a female bass player as you can see. They did a lot of standards, including some Stevie Ray. I especially liked their cover of his cover of Hendryx. Voodoo Child. They got the audience moving and often jumped down off the stage and moved with it. I only left at 2AM to not miss my shuttle bus back to the hotel. They were still going strong, as was the rest of Sixth Street.