SXSW: Last Day In Austin

As promised, here’s our last photo roundup of the shows we hit and folks we pestered on the streets of Austin during this year’s South By Southwest music festival. All in all we had a great time, saw some old friends, and constantly ran into Tim Harrington at the shows we chose to hit (again). If you were there, we’d love to hear what floored ya; we’ve talked up a couple of our picks already (Meat Puppets, New Violators, Lo-Fi-FNK, The Besnard Lakes, Deerhunter, and Menomena come to mind), but top honors go to Saturday’s Drag City treat of Bill Callahan at Central Presbyterian Church (with very special guest Joanna Newsom on piano). Bill gave us everything from Knock Knock’s “Cold Blooded Old Times” to “Sycamore” from the phenomenal, forthcoming Woke On A Whaleheart, momentarily making the hardwood Church pews the most comfortable seats in Texas.

Other acts on the day included The Good, The Bad & The Queen at the FADER fort (nice to be that close to Damon, sorta sleepy overall though); Menomena and the black parade of The Polyphonic Spree at the blogger-curated Hot Freaks party (awesome job, guys!); and superb sets from Kings Of Leon, Spoon, and the photo-friendly Iggy & The Stooges at the Esquire showcase at Stubb’s. Once again, Jon Bahr delivered us some smashing shots, this time of Norah Jones compatriot Jesse Harris (with singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin), Donovan, and the lovely ladies of The Pipettes. And we spiced up the spread with some man-on-the-street shots to keep it infotaining. Enjoy! Until next year, Austin…

THE PIPETTES



THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN




MENOMENA

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE (& SUPERFAN TIM HARRINGTON)



THUNDERBIRDS ARE NOW!

EUGENE MIRMAN & AZIZ ANSARI

DONOVAN

JESSIE BAYLIN & JESSE HARRIS

BILL CALLAHAN & JOANNA NEWSOM



ROBERT SCHNEIDER (THE APPLES IN STEREO)

MR. & MRS. FARRELL W/ NUNO BETTENCOURT

KINGS OF LEON



SPOON


THE STOOGES