What You Won't See on MTV
Music-related films at the SXSW Film Festival
Of the 20 or so videos at this year's fest, about half are humorous and half play it straight -- band shots, storyline, intelligible concept, whatever. There are a couple of Sub Pop bands, the Murder City Devils and the Yo-Yo's, who fall into the latter category. And strange that Alice Cooper would knock kids like Marilyn Manson for stealing his schtick, because with "Gimme," he's stolen a Trent Reznor video.
Samiam's video for "Mud Hill" is kind of pedestrian until they go over the top. Kissinger, Austin's band du jour, has a pretty cool vid for "Rock & Roll Asshole," marred by access-TV-quality production. The two real keepers here are Gluecifer for "I Got a War," where the band eschews the typical storyline approach in favor of showing ice hockey footage instead, and Austin's Hobble for "Double Wide," which is nothing more than zany, nerd roller-skating escapades.
Sunday, March 11, Dobie 2, 10pm
Wednesday, March 14, Dobie 2, 10:15pm
Friday, March 16, Dobie 2, 8:30pm