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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Irony Overload

posted by on March 18 at 10:12 AM

The culmination of SXSW insider hipster hoopla came when the Vice magazine late night party literally tore the roof of the sucka. After being moved from its initial location to an Elk’s Lodge in a South Austin residential neighborhood, the annual throwdown was the hottest ticket in Austin on a very rowdy, drunken Saturday/St. Pat’s night. I arrived with a carload of Rhapsody peeps to walk up onto a pile of concrete rubble outside the building, the remains of a second-floor balcony that had collapsed in the midst of the party. Naturally the plug got pulled on the music—Les Savvy Fav—and the throng of would-be revelers were turned outside into the night. Nothing like milling around with hundreds of hipsters looking like deer caught in the headlights with no backup plan in mind.

I was told that there were no injuries by a few folks but I snuck inside the back door to get a look at the scene and talked to a drunk Irish dude (On St. Pat’s! How authentic!) who said someone was hurt. Cop cars immediately pulled into the long driveway and a fire engine showed up too, but I saw nobody in crisis/trauma mode and no broken bodies, so I think people were more crushed that they didn’t get to rub shoulders with David Cross.

More importantly: yesterday’s musical rundown. Caught woefully underappriciated singer/songwriter David Dondero in the afternoon, smart and saccharine and singing “South of the South,” a tune that namechecks the town of Jupiter, Florida, where my high school girlfriend lived.

Ran across the river to the Town Lake Stage, the biggest venue at SXSW, an outdoor amphiteather with great sight lines. There Mastodon layed waste to an attentive, Slayer-throwing crowd with one of the most passionate sets I saw all weekend. I’m not a huge metal guy by any means but the Atlanta fourpiece really won me over.

If you like Fleetwood Mac, Midlake is the early-80s soft rock outfit for you. Really nice songs, nice harmonies, mellow mood. Which translated perfectly to camp metal heroes Turbonegro at Emo’s right afterwards. That kind of transition is one of my favorite things at SXSW.

Time for lunch. Look out for a wrapup on the whole event tomorrow and in next week’s paper.

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Les Savy Fav, not Savvy.

Posted by eensy | March 18, 2007 1:52 PM
Posted by ebay | March 18, 2007 8:45 PM

I saw Dondero play at a friend's apartment once,a nd after three songs he kind of broke down crying and took off. It was bizarre. But the songs he played were great. Maybe if he had Cat Power or Bright Eyes' good looks he wouldn't be so under appreciated.

Posted by Eric Grandy | March 18, 2007 10:24 PM

Glad nobody got hurt. Do they know what made the balcony fall? You had your helmet on, right?

And could I get a food recap? The highlights and lowlights. Beer-taco combo for 4 days in a row?

And you never ran into Hugh Hefner? This is bullshit.

Posted by trent moorman | March 19, 2007 10:06 AM

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