3/17/12…SXSW Day Four

SXSW 2012

SXSW 2012

My last day of SXSW started out very slowly.  I was kind of afraid to drive downtown because it was St. Patty’s Day.  I thought for sure that traffic would be horrendous, or at least I convinced myself it would be horrendous, and didn’t leave my house till about 3pm.  Traffic actually was the best it had been all week and I got down there and parked in 40 minutes.  That was great!  I walked over to Cedar Street Courtyard to check out Oberhofer.  They’re a NYC band that I had heard of, but wasn’t familiar with their music.  I guess I could classify them as slightly punk rock.  They were a lot of fun.  I think they convinced me that I want to check out more of their music.  Yeah, I think I will.  I considered staying for the next band, Built To Spill, but then in a last-minute switch, I decided to head over to The Warehouse to see A$AP Rocky.  Since I hadn’t seen any hip-hop, I thought, ‘why not get over there?’  Well, I wish I had stayed at Cedar Street.  Late-A$$, I mean A$AP, was supposed to go on at 5pm and by the time I got over there it was close to 5pm.  I thought, ‘GREAT!  At least, I’ll catch about half of his show.’  HA!  By 5:30 this guy was still not even close to getting on stage.  I was kinda pissed at the lack of professionalism of this guy.  He’s an up & comer and while there’s a lot of buzz about him, I think it demonstrates a true lack of character for him to be so lax in his work ethic.  So much for seeing something different.  By six I had to start my volunteer shift.  I was back at Stubb’s…yay!  It was a pretty chill night since John Mayer had canceled his show.  The only band that I really got to hear and see a little was Keane (again).  That was ok cuz I really dig them.  I’m glad they’re out and about again.  They have a new album coming out in May & I’m looking forward to it.  I also heard a bit of Blitzen Trapper’s set, who I had definitely heard of, but never really sought out their music.  I think that’s a mistake on my part because they actually sounded pretty good.  I think I’ve missed out and I’ll definitely be looking into them.  I can’t really describe their music.  I can only say that I’ve always heard they have a Grateful Deadish sound.  I’m not sure if that’s accurate since I’m not a  big Dead fan, but to me they sounded like a true, down-to-earth, rock band.  Who doesn’t need a good rock band now and then??  The only sighting I had was of Marcus Mumford hurriedly entering Stubb’s to see Keane.  The rumor of the evening was that he & his band were going to be filling in for John Mayer.  Then I thought, well, maybe just he will get up on stage with Keane.  Well, none of the above happened. lol  Oh well, so much for rumors.  Overall, SXSW was good, but it definitely wasn’t my best.  I missed out on a lot of music & opportunities to meet people due to my apartment situation.  I’m pretty sad about it, but everything happens for a reason.  I’m looking forward to next year and my continued live music journey throughout Austin and the greater Austin area.

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