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SXSW The Last (Half) Part 1

SXSW The Last (Half) Part 1

SXSW 2009 has come to an end. Being able to simply attend the music festival portion in the evenings (without running around for film festival duties) was a whole new experience. And, it rocked. Sure, I felt nostalgia for the good ol’ days, but I had a blast attending show after show after show. What I realized is the sheer volume of the music festival, the fact that you can physically see over 10 acts between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. And I did my best to make every minute a memorable experience. Here are some of those memories. I have plenty more photos to share (including the surprise Kanye West appearance on Saturday night). Let’s get started:

(Alberta’s Shout Out Out Out headlined the annual Canada party on Wednesday evening. The band delivers some bombastic noise-rock with a shoegazing melody.)

(Norway’s Love:Fi was a pleasant discovery, over at the Austin Sister Cities party in Brush Square Park.)

(On Wednesday night, the Department of Eagles were met with a sold-out crowd at the Central Presbyterian Church. The stunning show was accentuated by the enviable acoustics in the building. A great place to see the band’s style of acoustic indie-rock.)

(Ethereal rockers School of Seven Bells could not have had a better PR push than a shout-out from The Edge in the last issue of Rolling Stone. The band met those high expectations on Wednesday night, with a terrific show at Buffalo Billiards. It would be the first of many for the band, during SXSW 2009.)

(Another very busy SXSW band was The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who managed to rise above wonky sound during a set at Opal Divine’s on Thursday night.)

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