We’re used to venue-hopping because it’s in our blood but SXSW 2013 did not delay its music programming on Wednesday. Afternoon shindigs by Waterloo Records and Gorilla v.s. Bear got a headstart, and before you knew it, Austin kicked everyone’s head in. The launch of Thrasher’s Death Match saw TRASH TALK and WAVVES ignore foot braces and the heat to impale with mosh pits and fuzz blasts, and even the FADER Fort tipped its bucket hat with sets by SKY FERREIRA, SCHOOLBOY Q and KENDRICK LAMAR who cameoed with “Backseat Freestyle”.
Knee deep in the idea of waiting in line at night without a drink, we opted for the The Warner Sound/Nikon party. The Belmont didn’t feature Iggy Pop but SKATERS and TEGAN AND SARA scratched out guitar-driven sets while the event’s headliner, PARAMORE, reintroduced themselves with the kind of pop punk that lingers in your veins.
WAVVES at SCOOT INN
CITY AND COLOUR at CLUB DE VILLE
SKY FERREIRA at FADER FORT
TRASH TALK at SCOOT INN
MIDNIGHT MOB at THE HANDLEBAR
SCHOOLBOY Q & KENDRICK LAMAR at FADER FORT