APOLLO SUNSHINE: Without question, the best live band in America right now. I caught them twice and was absolutely floored each time. I can think of but a few acts that inspire me the way AS do (Marah in the late 90s, Wilco in the mid-to-late 90s and Springsteen). What they do onstage is beyond explanation. I get chills just thinking back on these shows.
OKKERVIL RIVER: What a fantastic set. The new songs were amazing, the older ones were unbelievably moving and the night was just perfect.
GLOSSARY: Thank you to Sir Dewey for keeping me from leaving after The Drams. What a great band.
THE DRAMS: I still miss Slobberbone, but The Drams have come a long way. And when you get "Dunk You In the River" to close, well, that's a night to remember.
TIM EASTON W/TWO COW GARAGE: Their raucous version of "Dear Old Song and Dance" may have been the highlight of SXSW.
BUZZCOCKS: What great guys and what an absolute blast.
THE BLACK ANGELS: The songs kinda sound the same, but they all sound great.
PUBLIC ENEMY: I was so excited for this, but it was definitely a mild letdown. Chuck D. remains the shit, but Flavor Flav's become a complete sell out. Half of their set was filled with comments about his damn VH1 show and asking the crowd to buy their ringtones. Weak.
KIIIII: I can't believe there was hype for this band. This was one of the worst performances I've ever seen. Japan's gotta bring more than this.
THE STOOGES: Just didn't seem genuine. Iggy Pop does very little for me.
THE CROWDS: Just too many lines.
Overall a wonderful time again. See you in 2008, Austin.