Behind The Scenes @ SXSW Day 5

Early on Saturday morning, I caught Laura Gibson’s hotel room set at the Radisson. I gorged myself on vegan cinnamon rolls as she sang her lovely indie-pop songs.

Her odd, beautiful voice was enthralling. Even in the confines of a hotel room, she had a full band (including a horn section), backing her. Her dreamy songs were the perfect way to ease into a day at SXSW.

Mmoths spun a set of chilled beats at Irish music blog Nialler9’s day party at the Hype Hotel. The grooves had the small crowd in a daze.

A lot of artists and bands at SXSW this year seemed to be working in this style of atmospheric, pretty bleeps and blops.

Despite it being St. Patrick’s Day, the crowds in Austin seemed to be the lightest they had been all week. SXSW is a long festival, and I think people just get burned out

I headed over to dive bar Red Eyed Fly, where I stumbled upon Colombian band M.A.K.U. Sound System. They whipped the audience of around 30 people into a frenzy with their strange, funky take on Colombian music.

I hit Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar for a showcase of New Orleans rock. Sun Hotel got the evening going with some quality indie rock.

Caddywhompus was up next and rocked the crowd hard. A vicious, nervy version of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” was filled with sharp, angular guitar riffs and bombastic drumming. It was one of the best things I heard during all of SXSW. For only two people onstage, Caddywhompus bring the loud rock.

The Revivalists closed out the evening with a set of full-bodied rock and roll. Much of the material was from their excellent new album City of Sound. The six-piece band has a dense sound, but it never sounds cluttered.

After their show ended at about 2 a.m., I wandered back to rest up for one final day of SXSW coverage.

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