SXSW 2024 Wednesday Recap

It was, in a deeply subjective sense, International Speak-Sing Dance-Punk Femme-Fronted Wednesday this week in Austin for South-by-Southwest....
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It was, in a deeply subjective sense, International Speak-Sing Dance-Punk Femme-Fronted Wednesday this week in Austin for South-by-Southwest.







Audiofemme party @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

La Sécurité

La Sécurité

Did someone open the emergency exit at the casino? Cuz there’s discordant, alarm-like beeping, sometimes chaotically beautiful and swirling, chiming. Call La Sécurité! The Montreal collective’s vocalist effectively drew out syllables in English and French, almost always punkily protesting. City dwellers acknowledging the unceded land of the Tiohtiàke, they served up a danceable feast. Poutine! At the Disco!



Empty Bottle party @ Mohawk

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

Dishing out post-rock poetry (maybe a better descriptor is observational monologue?), Dry Cleaning presented a fascinating mash-up of beard-and-tattoo bruvs backing button-up British reserve. Angular guitar rock underpinned Florence Shaw – sleeves long, arms held close, a table of notebooks piled nearby – as she ruminated on modern life. “Traditional Fish” had textual bits of wallet contents and street advertising – “Chicken Burger Pizza”, “Bus Pass” – which proved all the more poignant when things got heavy at the end.



Showcase @ Chess Club

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Library Card

Dutch four-piece Library Card embraced one another, smiling, before kicking into its wiry arpeggios and speak-rant punk-adjacent shapeshifting late night set at downtown’s Chess Club. Seldom settling into a groove, the Rotterdam-based crew skillfully mutated and artfully writhed through half an hour of angst and urgency. The frontperson’s start-stop witticisms knew no bounds: “everything can happen at all times” was declared – or something similar – and the mind drew it in, feeling transformed. Challenge accepted, new challenge presented: “So you think you’ve changed?”





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