SXSW 2024: The Sounds, Half 2


Alejandro Escovedo

I’d prefer to say that Escovedo is the elder statesman of SXSW, which he undoubtedly is, however it actually doesn’t do him justice.  He rocked SXSW as laborious, arguably tougher, than musicians a fraction of his age.  I caught him 3 times by the week, every look distinctive.  The stand-out was a small gathering to listen to Escovedo speak about and preview tracks from his forthcoming album.  He shared super perception into his profession and songs and definitely whet my urge for food for the brand new launch.  Later that day he and his band introduced the rock present to the car parking zone of the San Jose Resort.  And as for the third…

The Shit Hits the Followers – The Replacements Tribute

A part of SXSW’s magnificence is the variety of artists that converge on Austin and the collaborations that outcome.  Austin rock band English Tooth organized an unbelievable tribute to the ‘Mats and kicked it off in spectacular style with Tommy Stinson.  What adopted was a calvalcade of nice performances by the likes of Chuck Prophet (“Can’t Hardly Wait” – with horns!), Kelly Willis (“Skyway”), Ian Moore (“Left of the Dial”), and Britt Daniel (“Alex Chilton” and “Sadly Stunning”).  Then Alejandro Escovedo closed the present with an incendiary model of “Bastards of Younger”, which he launched by saying “That is fascinating as a result of they’ve requested the oldest man within the room to sing a track about youth.”

Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson made an look at English Tooth’s tribute to The Replacements so it was solely acceptable that they returned the favor, proper?  Certain ‘nuf, the group turned up at Stinson’s Sunday night time set and, properly, turned it up.  What a deal with to see Stinson and firm rocking out to songs from his illustrious post-’Mats profession.

Matthew Caws

This was an sudden shock – seeing Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws do a solo acoustic set at a small East Austin membership. Acoustic variations of his clever energy pop are all the time welcome and on this night time he closed with an unbelievable one-two punch. First, the premiere of a brand new track deliberate for the following Nada Surf album (liked it) and the traditional band anthem “At all times Love”.

The HawtThorns

Nashville’s The Hawtthorns have simply launched a stellar new album and it was an actual deal with to listen to them carry out a couple of of the brand new ones on Friday afternoon. The heat of singer KP Hawthorn’s voice and the tasteful taking part in of guitarist Johnny Hawthorn introduced the songs to life in effective style.  

Ben Nichols

I’m proud to say that the final set that I noticed in Austin was Lucero’s Ben Nichols.   True to kind, the acoustic set was free and freewheeling.  Nichols took requests and did a particular trilogy of songs that had been featured in initiatives by his filmmaker brother, who was in attendance on the present.  


Austin’s Restos have shortly turn into a favourite with their anthemic rock and roll.  Caught ‘em twice throughout the week.  First it was their official showcase on the Continental Membership. Then, to shut out the week, they carried out at an out of doors stage behind C-Boys Coronary heart & Soul the place even the rain couldn’t damper their spirited efficiency.

Noah and the Loners

One rule of SXSW is to shut out the night time with one thing loud or at the least excessive power.  UK teen quartet Noah and Loners delivered on each counts.  Their mixture of angst-filled punk songs and a livid reside present was the proper method to shut out Thursday’s festivities.  Assume a mixture of the Intercourse Pistols and early Inexperienced Day.   

In regards to the creator:  Delicate-mannered company govt by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night time.


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