Day 1 - March 13th (and a little bit of March 14th too!)
Night one of SXSW is in the history books and oh what a night it was! First stop was Stubb’s for the Media Temple SXSW Interactive closing party to check out Twin Atlantic -First, I got say that there's just something magical about Stubb's... It's definitely world famous for a reason! It's an open air venue with a large fenced in yard. (Picture a place outdoors the size of Boston's House of Blues ...gone country.)
I don't think I've ever seen a bad show there! The sound is amazing and there's not a bad view in the place. In full disclosure, the first show I ever saw there was a secret performance from Foo Fighters so it's possible the lasting impression of it's epic-ness may have swayed my view on the place. But i digress...
Tuesday night at Stubb's is definitely an interesting place. The interactive portion of Sxsw comes to a close this day and all the nerds converge on the place for one final hurrah. (As a tech geek at heart, I say that with love.) So what is usually the Interactive closing party amounts to one hell of a kick ass kick off party for us kids there for the music conference!
So like cattle, we all filtered in thru the main gates at Stubb's to come across Twin Atlantic taking the stage. Their album 'Free' was just released here in the states this week so for many, it was a first taste and definitely a special day for the band.
Their set was tight and sounded impeccable. The crowd was captivated, hanging by every note the guys played. The venue has this large sail-like canopy coming off the stage that makes the perfect canvas for mesmerizing lighting effects. Songs like Free and Yes I Was Drunk were real crowd pleasers (not just for the appropriate titles being the themes of the night..)
It was then off to Hype Machines “Hype Hotel”. First band on: Miniature Tigers who hail from Phoenix, Arizona. Combining an indie rock sound with a synthy danceable beat, these guys were a perfect band to introduce us to the packed venue. To get a taste of Miniature Tigers, check out their new album “Mia Pharaoh”.
Up next was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. who have one of the funniest most unique band names. The crowd cheered and swayed as the three member band put on an electric and high energy show.
Stay “tuned” because we open up the Radio 92.9 Rock Suite today with an interview with Neon Trees. SXSW coverage continues all week.