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As exhausting and hot of a Day One that we had at Shaky Knees, we were mobilized and ready to hit the grounds early on Day Two for one of our Soundblab top picks. We were thrown a bit of a curveball when we found out the Starbucks next to our hotel was only open on weekdays. I guess they just cater to the suits. Anyway, thanks to the fine folks at Banjo Cold Brew on the festival grounds we made a speedy recovery.
First up and our Soundblab #2 pick of the fest was Australia’s Julia Jacklin touring in support of her incredible second album Crushing. It was also nice to see her getting
Sticking with an international flavor, British bands were out in force in the mid-day. We spent a few songs with the Ruen Brothers (Henry and Rupert Stansall), who are as
We retreated back to the more intimate stages to catch the first American bands of the day. First up were Chapel Hill-based traditional Americana outfit Mipso, who in their
Sadly last time I saw Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner and her crew were marred with bad sound. Happy to report
Things got interesting from here, as an approaching storm finally made its presence known causing the festival to cut down the pre-closer sets to forty minutes. Interpol and Gary Clark Jr. had totally different approaches to the predicament. Interpol opted to play what seemed their entire set as quickly as they could. Honestly, it added a “back against wall” urgency that gave their set a little extra pop given their deadpan approach. ‘If You Really Love Nothing’ benefitted particularly from the rushed approach, but all of their hits including ‘PDA’, ‘Evil’, and ‘All The Rage Back Home’ were bracing takes as well.
On the other hand, Gary Clark Jr. seemed to not be bothered by the darkening sky and took the time to let his songs unfold. I had seen Clark at another festival back in
Though I have misgivings about their latest release, Cage the Elephant no doubt makes for a bona fide festival closer. Both
All photos: Christa Joyner Moody (live music gallery available here)
Outstanding coverage from the Shakespeare of Soundblab. Thanks to you (and your wife) for letting the rest of us live vicariously through your travels. I know too well how much time, effort and money it requires to get something like this...
Outstanding coverage from the Shakespeare of Soundblab. Thanks to you (and your wife) for letting the rest of us live vicariously through your travels. I know too well how much time, effort and money it requires to get something like this accomplished.
Thanks Howard. Not sure anyone will ever top your six day run at SXSW!