The Austin Chronicle Hair of the 3-Legged Dog Day Party Revives Hotel Vegas on Friday of SXSW
Quad doses of Kydd Jones, Being Dead, Rattlesnake Milk, & Urban Heat
By Kriss Conklin,
10:45AM, Sat. Mar. 18, 2023
There's one cure for a sleep-deprived, week-long bender, and The Austin Chronicle served it in four doses of live music (and countless bloody marys) during our eighth Hair of the 3-Legged Dog Day Party.
Austin artists Kydd Jones, Being Dead, Rattlesnake Milk, and Urban Heat scored a chilly day at Hotel Vegas, while fellow locals Eldorado Cafe and liliwell supplied edible freebies. Chron music contributor Kevin Curtin introduced performers and sponsors with shouty enthusiasm, then boomed, "It's okay to get drunk right now!" For the record, we had plenty of Rambler and cold brew too.
Shortly after, the Austin hip-hop limelight Kydd Jones seized the patio stage, eager to warm the wind-chilled crowd. The rapper/fashionisto led multiple chants as he steamrolled through standout "Crispy Sprite," and deep cuts "Demons" and "King."
Following a satirical script reading by Curtin, psych-rock act Being Dead graced the grandstand, looking alive – and smiley – as the host initiated "Happy Birthday" to guitarist/vocalist Cody Dosier. The duo sprinkled unreleased tracks into their “Apostles' Prom” and “Hot Car” standards before closing with arboreal offerings ("a bloody mary!") and barking breakdowns via unreleased "Tree Land."
Next up, Rattlesnake Milk peddled country wares with a blues-y twist. The quartet's shadowy Chicken Fried Snake emulated yesterday's overcast skies, but singer Lou Lewis' zigzag vocals and guitarist Andrew Chavez's clever licks brightened the atmosphere.
When the sun finally appeared, Urban Heat shrouded the party in percussive thunder, warbling synths, and a beautifully haunting cover of Q Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses." Darkness be damned, the post-punk trio delivered the audience to the light with Austin Music Awards Song of the Year, "Have You Ever?" Jonathan Horstmann's resounding baritone and pantomimes punctuated the closer right before the vocalist leapt off a kick drum and invited a final sing-along from a grinning audience. Consider us cured.
See more images from the Austin Chronicle’s eighth annual Hair of the 3-Legged Dog Day Party in Isabella Martinez’s photo gallery.
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