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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blue Scholars Rock Fresh, South by South West

posted by on March 16 at 0:43 AM

Before I go babbling about any other SXSW stuff, I think it’s important that I make one thing clear—Blue Scholars killed it. Killed the mike, killed the floor, killed the room, killed a small percentage of Austin. A near-capacity crowd at a smallish dance club at 4th and Congress went absolutely wild over the duo’s set, and for good reason; Geologic was totally on point, keeping the crowd pumped without overdoing any “wave your hands” junk. To be fair, he gave credit where it was due—“Give it up for Sabzi! He sure makes my job easy.” A new song was debuted as well, a track that was mostly a capella because the guys hadn’t quite figured out a beat for it yet, let alone a title. Also, if you didn’t know, apparently a lot of people in Austin get their education on the Ave. Huh.

I’ll admit, I didn’t get to many Seattle acts this week—some because of annoying schedule conflicts, others because I could not get in to see the acts in overcrowded venues. Though I suppose the latter is a good sign, no?

I will regurgitate the rest soon, including a story about an Akron/Familiy concert that went more bonkers than anything I’d ever seen the band do—and for Akron/Family, that’s really saying something.

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yo, i have all that akron shit, even the weird solo stuff from the main guy, and i have to say that collective sure thinks it gets a pass to be prolific. UNDESERVED. good band, but god they have so many half-fleshed ideas.

glad to hear austin liked scholars, but totally not surprised. a festival where people are gettin all wet over cadence fucking weapon is of course the right place for scholars to kill. i imagine BS's performing game is about as good as any group in hiphop by now, they've been doing so many shows. plus, that bourgie-ass activist-hop is right there to sell (although i do think it's worth beliving in), and they've made the selling into a science. and their cience is TIGHT

Posted by ndrwmtsn | March 16, 2008 1:21 PM
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Geo texted me that he saw Bushwick Bill enjoying the Grayskul set.
Sabzi texted me that he was 6 feet from Ice Cube.
Mr. Hill texted me that he was drinking a beer next to DJ Pooh.

I fail @ life for not being there

but i got unlimited texts

Posted by lar | March 16, 2008 1:25 PM
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damn, u get all the cool txts

all i got was txts like, "dude, i'm sick"

Posted by ndrwmtsn | March 16, 2008 1:38 PM
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Didn't see any Seattle acts at SXSW. Too many great acts that may never play here to spend time on performers that I can easily see (or have seen) at home.

Posted by rk | March 16, 2008 10:56 PM

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