SXSW 2024 Saturday Recap

South-by-Southwest 2024 closed out on Saturday, March 16th....
Pelvis Wrestley
SXSW

South-by-Southwest 2024 closed out on Saturday, March 16th.







Winspear / Pond / Marg.mp party @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

Being Dead

Being Dead

Dispensing charmingly ragged and reverbed vocal harmonies, Austin three-piece Being Dead dropped a trippy set on the outdoor overcast Saturday crowd of Cheer Up Charlie’s. Alternatingly poignant wordless cooing with lyrical absurdism, they settled into a groovy beat – and then demolished it. “There’s no fairytale town / where everyone had a good day,” they inverse serenaded, still sounding sunny in the shade. One moment offering a twisted jangle, then sprawling jazzily upward to spacious abandon, their caveman basslines and palpable drum thwacks lurched toward heaven.



Fire Records / Anniversary / No Gold showcase @ Seven Grand

Jon Langford

Jon Langford

They might have jammed Mekons’ co-founder/stalwart Jon Langford into the 7pm Saturday SX night slot at Seven Grand, but an attentive, aged-like-wine crowd turned up to hear him sing playful-yet-knowing strummers like “Old Lost Dog”. Accompanied by a unique instrumental get-up that augmented dual guitars with fiddle and Mellotron, the elder statesman, singing “I am discarded” at one turn, and of “all the pens that will not write,” in another, contemplated aging, mortality, and perhaps one’s place in the ever-youthful rock game, all while having all-too-much-fun. “If Bill Clinton were a band,” he mused, “it would be this.”



SXSW showcase @ The Grackle

Pelvis Wrestley

Pelvis Wrestley

Fusing synth pop sensibilities and throwback country into a hearty barn club stomp, Austin quintet Pelvis Wrestley kept things versatile for their outdoor nighttime set at East Side dive The Grackle. The pulse-quickening Springsteen drive of “Keep on Runnin’” got fists pumping, while an extra twangy take on supernatural ballad “Andy” (pedal steel and keys subbed in for the album’s strings) pulled us into the anguished narrator’s bid to “feel whole then let the current take [them].” Mastermind frontperson and bassist Benjamin Violet beckoned us in, had us help cast a beast-conjuring spell (“A horse with wings / A horse with horns”) then afterwards released us back into the Texas night, ruefully humming.




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