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Day Party Crawl

By Richard Whittaker, March 19, 2010, Music

Roky Erickson's 8th Annual Ice Cream Social

Threadgill's, Thursday, March 18

Notch another year for the day party/fundraiser that is not only a benefit for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, but also an all-star gathering that puts the "all" into all-ages. "I could talk about Metamucil or just jangle my keys," grinned Riverboat Gamblers chief lunatic Mike Wiebe before clambering on the stage roof to wrap up the local institution's punk explosion. Earlier, a brief bout of confusion meant that funereal Danish folk-popsters Choir of Young Believers and gritty Texas troubador Ray Wylie Hubbard swapped sets, moving the South Austin mainstay from a two-song acoustic set to a full-blown electric outing. "I hoped I had one last good flashback left in me," he grinned, "and I believe this may be it." A brief glitch with the amps couldn't overshadow the big power-pop of reunited 1990s Austin indie darlings Sixteen Deluxe ("You'd have thought a Fender could handle one little girl," singer/guitarist Carrie Clark mused), while the breezy lounge jazz of Sweden's Miss Li got the first dancers kicking up dust. Before a rip-roaring headlining set from mein host Roky Erickson and his reinvigorating collaborators Okkervil River, a first outing for J Mascis' new bruising Detroit-rock style outfit Sweet Apple was as immediate and memorable as the free ice cream.

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