Epilogues SXSW tour diary

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Sunday, March 22: I'm not keeping up with these entries, because it's damn near impossible to find any time to write down here. I'm about two days behind right now, so I'm going to attempt to just cover everything between Thursday morning and right now. As a disclaimer, my memory only goes back about 24 hours, so I don't really remember Thursday all that well anymore. Actually Friday is a little fuzzy too. Shit... I've got to stop drinking. Hmm... well anyway, here we go...

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Overcasters SXSW tour diary

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photo by Erin Tidwell and Kurt Ottaway (click to enlarge)
Saturday, March 20: The sun burned off most of the cloud cover as the crowd continued to swell. In the Bat Bar, the Von Bondies tuned up all of their gear for a DirectTV taping, then launched into a near perfect set of fuzzy soul blues mixed in with a pop love in. Big smiles and upbeat vibes. As the sun started to set, we made our way to the Congress Bridge on the river to watch the bats swarm from under. As they swirled skyward, boats on the river watched the gather to ascend. Stopped at a crepe shop for a kick start with a four shot iced mocha. Next stop Airborne Toxic Event. Airborne Toxic Event was packed to the wall and sounded like the official indie rock version of the hula hoop. A little too Scooby Doo for our taste. Upon recommendation we went next to check out Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors. Complicated indie art rock/math rock with a lot of complex original sounds. Challenging to listen to so we moved on. Back on Sixth Street sipping our coffees, we got a nice surprise in Gift Horse playing a small stage in a window at Club Agave, with colored lights streaming through the openings. It was a more psychedelic version of the Telescopes drony and very groove heavy. Running an hour late at The Red 7 Patio, Crystal Stilts played a spacey shambling velvet meets the Mary Chain at a Coney Island beach party with ghosts of Beat Happening floating in between. We wandered the streets as observers of the amense human condition before us.

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The Photo Atlas live at SXSW 2009

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The Epilogues gentlemen shot some video of the slackers (yes, slackers! dudes were supposed to keep a tour diary but ended up flaking and passing off the task to the Epilogues) in the Photo Atlas performing at SXSW. From the looks/sounds of it, the guys were in pretty decent form. Check out the video after the jump.

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Aloft in the Sundry SXSW tour diary

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Saturday, March 20: So we're here in Austin, Texas. We've been getting "Austonian," if you know what I mean. Heh. The drive down was pretty fresh ...well, for at least the first few hours. By the eighteenth hour, we were rockin the B.O. Sport for sure. It was nice riding down in the bus, though, with stand-up, drunken bus-surfing (not the driver, of course). We passed time quite proficiently.

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Meese SXSW tour diary

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Saturday March 21 - Day 4: So here we are. Our last day in Austin. Going to try and take it easy today, seeing as how we have to drive to L.A. tonight, but I'm sure we'll still get into some trouble. We've got a show at 9 p.m. tonight at Maggie Mae's rooftop, and it's our official SXSW showcase showdown -- or atleast we've been calling it a showcase showdown (price is right, get it??). Anyway, really looking forward to this one. It's in a really cool venue, and there's a slew of other cool bands playing on the same stage. should be awesome. SXSW: We survived. We saw Glasvegas (twice), Andrew Bird, M.Ward, Cursive, Gomez and a million other bands. The Epilogues probably had the best set of any band I saw, though. Seriously. They killed. Donezo. Welp, see you back home!

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3OH!3 SXSW tour diary by Kam from Chain Gang of 1974

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Friday, March 20: I arrived in Austin on the evening of Wednesday, March 18th. I had played SXSW last year so I knew what to expect. But this time around, I am hired to play bass for 3OH!3 -- you know, that small band from Boulder? The band who still aren't super stars in the eyes of a Colorado critic but have a single in the Top 40!? [Editors note: WTF, Kam? Read Backbeat much there, broseph?] Let's just say that there are a lot of perks involved with this...haha.

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How to cope with SXSW withdrawal

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All right, I'll admit it. I'm all kinds of bummed out. Not only am I feeling like two crates of ass specially flown in from Assville right now thanks to some stupid throat/sinus/ear infection, but I'm reeling from reading all the South By Southwest coverage from my colleagues (including a fairly middling review of the Wheel), reading about all of their exploits down in Austin and seeing all the pictures of all the cool bands they've seen. I'm think I'm just going through withdrawals or something, seeing as how this is the first time I haven't been to SXSW in over a decade. It's okay, though, I have a plan. Sorta. I'm going to simulate a hangover by staying up all night and then going straight to work, so that I have that weird buzzing in my head. And then, as soon as I get into the office around 10 or 11, I'm going to start pounding beers and find some BBQ to shove down my gullet and ... well, yeah, no, really, that's about all I've got right now. *Sigh* Well, at least we can live vicarously through the Epilogues and Overcasters and whoever else decides to send us a tour diary. And then tonight we can all pretend we're on Sixth Street as we shuttle between the hi-dive, 3 Kings and the Skylark.