Before those well-dressed forces of nature that comprise Wagakkibandrocked the adoring crowd at SXSW's Des Moines Embassy last week, Chronicle freelancer (and sometimes cover model) Kaci Beeler stopped by the Zella House lounge to find out what all the buzz was about.
On March 25, Oklahoma’s Parker Millsap follows up his acclaimed debut with an even harder LP, The Very Last Day. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter tells humane stories with an unusually detailed eye, while allowing his fiddle-driven trio to soundtrack the heart of American music. Witness them Saturday at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary, 11pm.
“The people in the fancy seats can just rattle their badges,” winked guitarist Yonatan Gat near the beginning of his trio’s powerful SXSW set Friday night. Rest assured the Tel Aviv native and former axe god for Monotonix, which played legendary SXSW sets, wasn’t being off-putting.
When the official word came to shut down all performances and for the crowd to take immediate shelter, everything moved incredibly quickly in Willie Nelson’s fake movie-set town of Luck. The imminent storm, however, did not.
Cold winds started suddenly, 90 minutes past midnight, after the storm had seemingly gone out like a lamb. It was enough to peel paper off light poles and send tumbleweeds of concert fliers shooting down Fourth Street outside the Austin Convention Center. Miracle of miracles that I wasn’t blown into traffic on my bone-chilling bike ride home.