Day Party Crawl

DD/MM/YYYY (Photo by Gary Miller)


Austin Convention Center, Wednesday, March 18

The first seven acts of the SESAC Day Stage's four-day shuffle through 48 South by Southwest showcasers proved a crash course in eclecticism. Madrid a cappella wiz Hyperpotamus, crutched by four microphones and a bevy of foot petals, kicked off the Music Conference's official portion by howling and looping his way through his own material plus a fleshed-out cover of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever." Mexico City's Natalia Lafourcade was quick to counter, trying her hand – and jet-black Les Paul – on McCartney's "Blackbird" and a three-song sampler of south-of-the-border girlie action in overdrive. The groundwork she laid in the realm of loud ladies quickly gained ground when San Antonio's Girl in a Coma swooped in all Heartless Bastards-style. Nina Diaz's half-cry, half-scream – revved by sister Phanie's crash-happy drum work – was enough to enter this femme trio into the conversation. Brooklyn fourpiece the So So Glos probably couldn't remember the last time the Clash played, but they sure sound like the Combat Rockers. Toronto follow-up DD/MM/YYYY transfixed heavy on the art rock to the early portion's largest crowd. Post-disco electro-dance was served at the hands of the Golden Filter, New York's less trendy version of Roxy Cottontail. Feedback-happy Atlanta trio All the Saints pushed noise rock to the brink, getting so carried away in rawk that the band forgot when its set ended.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Thursday Interview
Thursday Interview

Nina Hernandez, March 20, 2015

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb

March 20, 2015

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle