Casual Victim Pile

Hometown SXSW showcasing sampler

Casual Victim Pile

Separated at Birth: Vega/Neon Indian

Vega: Friday, March 19, Malverde, 12mid

Neon Indian: Friday, March 19, Club de Ville, 11pm

At Waterloo Park last fall for Fun Fun Fun Fest, Alan Palomo pulled a one-two punch, the capstone to a year that saw the former Ghosthustler storm the blogosphere with two different projects: Vega's Well Known Pleasures (Vogue College) and Neon Indian's Psychic Chasms (Lefse). The latter's title seems particularly appropriate given Palomo's split personalities in dual outfits. "The process of compartmentalizing tracks usually seems to be dictated by my state of mind," he offers on separating the creative impulses of the two outlets. "Given the approaches in production are so distinctly different for each project, I usually have to decide beforehand what I'll be delving into, if even writing for these two particular projects. Definitely a mood thing." Though Neon Indian initially emerged as a chilled-out, synth-coiled spin-off to Vega's 1980s glam grooves, Well Known Pleasures has thus far won the greater share of attention. Yet with Vega signing to Fool's Gold for its 2010 follow-up, neither project shows any signs of slowing down.

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South By-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

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  

READ MORE
Wednesday Interview
Wednesday Interview
Delta Spirit

Jim Caligiuri, March 20, 2015

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
First night SXSW Music recommendations and hints

March 20, 2015

More by Doug Freeman
Watch: Big Cedar Fever’s New Western Swing
Watch: Big Cedar Fever’s New Western Swing
Barnstorming Hill Country swing trio drops new EP and video

June 18, 2019

Texas Platters
Walker Lukens
Adult (Record Review)

June 14, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Vega, Neon Indian

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
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

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

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