3/15/12…SXSW Day Two

SXSW 2012

SXSW 2012

So my second day of SXSW was a little less eventful than Day One.  I got off to a late start since it took me a bit longer to find parking.  The first act I wanted to see at the Day Stage was already over by the time I got there, so I made a quick decision to head over to the Filter Party at Cedar Street Courtyard to check out Kaiser Chiefs and Keane.  It was a free party for ANYONE so the place was packed once I got down there.  The great thing about Cedar Street is that you can literally stand outside on the sidewalk and still hear and maybe even see (depending on how deep the crowd is) whomever’s playing.  Because there were so many people for Kaiser Chiefs, I got to enjoy their songs, but I couldn’t see a damn thing.  It cleared out a little before Keane went on so I got to move up close enough to be able to see AND hear them.  YAY!!  Kaiser Chiefs were a lot of fun.  I love their music.  I guess I’d classify their music as dancey rock a la Franz Ferdinand, but a little less cheeky.  I was so happy to see Keane’s front man clean and sober.  He seemed genuinely happy to be there and to be a part of SXSW.  This was their first appearance here, surprisingly.  He sounded great…the band sounded great.  And I actually got to stay for their whole set before I had to take off running to get to my volunteer shift on time.  I wanted to work at Stubb’s again so I could hear Kaiser Chiefs play again there and catch a little Temper Trap.  I didn’t really know much about the other bands playing and to be honest, none of them really struck my fancy.  I was happy to hear a longer set from Kaiser Chiefs.  They’re so much fun.  Temper Trap sounded good, but since I’m not that familiar with their music, I got a little distracted by what was going on in front of me…people, people, people, and more people!!  The only sighting I had today was the Honeyhoney couple.  I thought I saw them walk into Stubb’s but I wasn’t actually sure it was them.  But when they came out, I could see for sure it was them so I chatted with them a bit, telling them I had seen them the previous day at the Day Stage.  I told the vocalist that she was bad-ass on the banjo and they both started laughing.  I think I made their night.  I could tell they were both pretty surprised to get recognized…especially her.  By the end of the night I was beyond exhausted.  Due to some flooding issues I’ve been experiencing in my apartment, starting on the first night of SXSW, I haven’t gotten much sleep.  It was bad enough to keep me from going down to enjoy music on my one day off on Friday, 3/16.  I’m pretty disappointed, but sometimes things just happen.  Hopefully my last day will be unexpectedly amazing.  I look forward to ending this conference on the same high note on which it began…maybe even taking it up a notch!

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