When I saw The Waco Brothers play a noon set at SXSW a few weeks back, I could only think of one word to sum them up: fierce. When I later heard their new album, Going Down in History, that word asserted itself again. Although billed as cow punk, I’d call them rock with some punk and a touch of country thrown in. But whatever you call them, this band, led by Jon Langford of The Mekons, are an experience not to be missed. So go to Union Hall in Park Slope, brace yourself and catch The Waco Brothers. Chris Mills and The Distant Stars, who are new to me, will open the show.
I walked into The Broken Spoke at noon the Thursday I was at SXSW this year. The Waco Brothers were just finishing setting up. They started their set shortly after that and I got blasted with their brand of cow punk. Here is the official video for Had Enough, a song from their most recent album, Going Down in History. It’s more punk than cow; you’ll find it quite bracing.
Here are some additional photos I took at SXSW 2016 (you’ll find the first batch posted here). Besides the usual band photos, I’ve included a few interesting photos from around Austin. Some of these photos originally appeared on Instagram. So follow @nowiveheardeverything there as well.
Great Caesar playing on the roof of Whole Foods
Chvrches from the back of the Radio Day Stage
Cowpunk at noon with The Waco Brothers
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Here are some photos I took at SXSW 2016 last week. Some have been posted here or on Instagram previously, some haven’t surfaced until now. Enjoy these; there will be more coming shortly.
One of the highlights of SXSW 2016 for me was the Saturday night set of Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones. These two musicians have gotten together and recorded an album of duets. It’s titled Little Windows and it will be released at the end of next week. Here is the official video of one of the songs from that album, Never Knew You Loved Me Too. It has a nice Everly Brothers – Buddy Holly feel to it.
It was a few weeks ago when I posted the link to the 1,006 song Unofficial SXSW 2016 Torrent. That was only part 1. Now that I’m back in NYC, I see that the previous torrent is joined by part 2, which contains an additional 587 songs. Like I said previously, there are probably more misses than hits, but it a great way to discover new music.
If you need to learn about BitTorent, just check out the previous post here. If not, go here to download both parts 1 and 2, a total of 1,593 mp3s: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents
I spent Saturday afternoon listening to bands on the roof of Whole Foods, and found my favorite discovery of SXSW. Then Saturday night I went to church (Central Presbyterian) to hear more music. The day’s box score is below.
|Night Beats||Straight ahead 60s flavored rock from a power trio.|
|Quiet Company||Five man rock band. Lead singer reminds me of a more overwrought Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows.|
|Green River Ordinance||Their music is someplace between modern country and rock. Since most of the band is wearing cowboy hats, I’ll assume it’s country.|
|Great Caesar||Young six piece band including keys and trumpet. The band featured longish songs which build to crescendo and male – female harmony vocals.|
|The Wild Feathers||I finally got to catch a full set from this band. The Wild Feathers are a younger and much louder Jayhawks, with just a touch of jam band thrown in. Three vocalists sing together and trade off vocals. A shot of pure rock n roll. A hit, and a home run at that!|
|Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones||These two solo artists get together for this duo project. Teddy and Kelly sing original ballads with a 50s country and early rock n roll flavor. Their voices work well together and their banter is very funny. A hit.|
|[Alexandros]||I have no idea why the name of this band from Japan is in brackets. Most of their music is a strange amalgam of punk, metal and rock which was forgettable. But they had two catchy mid tempo rock songs, both of which I liked.|