Wednesday SXSW Showcases
Good Vibrations7pm, Hotel Vegas, Hotel Vegas Patio, and Hotel Vegas at Volstead
Across three adjacent spaces, local hipster empire Hotel Vegas presents a compressed version of and adjunct to their 2-year-old, year-end garage/punk/power-pop festival, presenting the best raunch in the world. As with most things Hotel Vegas, "ambitious" is Good Vibrations' byword: 29 acts, three stages, one night. The patio stage boasts the most starpower, including the Bad Lovers, hairy, bluesy, bubble-gummy darlings of Hotel Vegas booker Ben Tipton's Burger City Rock N Roll label; Norton Records' sinister garage-blues trio from NYC, Daddy Long Legs; Tipton's own lo-fi sub-Ramones threesome, Pleasers; the trashy, nihilistic surf-bashing of Portland, Oregon's Guantanamo Baywatch; and ratty, Burger Records-style garage pop by Oakland's Justin Champlin performing in a rotting rabbit mask as Nobunny. The stage at Volstead boasts two notable local acts in Ex-Legionnaires' echoey, power-drive punk and the airy, synth-cushioned jangle-pop of San Marcos' Typical Girls.