SXSW Quick Reviews: Lemonade, Janelle Monae, 3Oh!3, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ed Harcourt, Sofia Talvik

Austin – Here are some quick reviews of some shows I went to.

Lemonade, SXSW, March 18, Beauty Bar

Lemonade, Beauty Bar, March 18 – According to Pitchfork, San Francisco based eclectic electro band was a very worthy band to see during SXSW, so we went to BreakThruRadio showcase to see them, Hot Panda and Project Jenny, Project Jan. First of all, props to for throwing together a good party. I was a bit distraught during the set of Lemonade because there was an Ipod Touch giveaway right before the set and I didn’t win. Seriously, there was like 30 people in the crowd. So the odds were good. We weren’t really feeling this band’s blend of music so we moved on for some high quality BBQ ribs at Ironworks.

Janelle Monae, SXSW, March 18, Stubbs BBQ

Janelle Monae, Stubbs BBQ, March 18 – I had never heard of this person before her set at Stubbs. After seeing her show, I am pretty sure I will hear more and more about Janelle Monae before it’s all said and done. Looking at her wiki page, I guess she has been around for awhile and even has a Grammy nod. Shows you how much I know. Janelle’s show was strong, they were dressed up like Andre 3000’s backing band and gave an enthusiastic show. This girl knows how to perform, she danced, posed, screamed and even did a crowd surf at the end of the show. I would classify her music as eclectic/retro sounding hip hop, not much unlike some of Outkast’s better stuff. Definitely worth looking into.

303, March 18, Stubbs, SXSW

3oh!3, Stubbs BBQ, March 19 – Maybe I deserved it. For some reason, I got it in me that I wanted to see Katy Perry at SXSW. I don’t know why, I only like one of her songs, but I guess seeing a pop act is something I wouldn’t otherwise do. Anyways, either she canceled or I misread my SXSW guide, because once 8:00 hit, there was no Katy Perry. What replaced her was this band called 3Oh!3, a rock/rap hybrid from Colorado. For a second there, I thought I wasn’t at SXSW but at popped-collar-frosted-tip-tribal-tattoopalooza as all the douche bags I try hard to avoid all showed up for this devil child of Linkin Park and Good Charlotte. How incredibly creative of them to name their band after their area code. 3Oh!3? more like POS. This is not my type of music, so I shouldn’t be too harsh on it. I did not enjoy it, but I’m pretty sure if I was a 19 year white kid who drives his daddy’s SUV and has pool keg parties every weekend, I would like it. They were pretty energetic on stage, so props for that.

Echo and the Bunnymen, EMO’s, March 18 – Not surprisingly, the Echo and the Bunnymen showcase started rather late at Emo’s. Everything was running late on day 1. Clearly a bit under the influence, Ian McCulloch took to the stage and sorta sang some newer material as well as classics. However, the concert was a bit hit or miss, as McCulloch at one point forgot the lyrics to one song (Rust) and stopped it halfway through. He did please the crowd with satisfactory versions of the Killing Moon and The Cutter. However, a long ten minute version of Lips Like Sugar as an encore was more then enough to clear the crowd out. Seeing how they had about eighteen other showcases at the festival, I guess they had a chance to make it up.

Ed Harcourt, Friends, March 20, SXSW

Ed Harcourt, Friends, March 20 – I guess Ed Harcourt is a partier. The second he hit the stage at the bar Friends, he announced that he has not slept for two days and looked the part. Then one minute later, he broke the string on his guitar and had to borrow someone else’s. Obviously a bit out of it, the British singer songwriter sang a short 3 or 4 song set, including ‘Born in the 70s’. I hope his set the following days were better then this one, as most people who packed the bar came away a bit disappointed.

Sofia Talvik, SXSW, March 21, Sheraton Lobby

Sofia Talvik – We happened upon Sofia Talvik‘s showcase at SXSW by accident. Once it became evident that we arrived a bit too early for Perez Hilton’s party, me and Allison decided we needed a place to chill. The Sheraton was our closest option so we went there for a pint (a cheap one too, to my surprise). I was actually quite pleased with the Sheraton bar. The beer was cheap and also they had free wasabi peas. Much to our surprise, there was this blond singer and a band playing there for SXSW. The singer was Sofia Talvik and she played a solid blend of acoustic folk music much to the delight of the people at the bar. I felt compelled to at least make a note of this performance since it must be hella tough to come all the way from Ikealand to play in a hotel lobby in Texas.

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