We’re still far from recovered from the total insanity that became our lives for five days this week at the ever-expanding South by Southwest music festival that invades Austin, Texas once a year. The number and density of shows is staggering, and though there were times we wished we could hide under a rock and take a nap for a little while, some of the best experiences we had were entirely accidental. We didn’t witness Arcade Fire playing with Bruce Springsteen, but we did see a bunch of new, interesting bands that inspired and surprised us. We bet you’ll be hearing more about them soon.
Javelin (Flavorpill day party at Lipstick24 and True Panther showcase at Cheer Up Charlie’s)
If you had told us a week ago that we’d be getting down to a Lil Wayne cover featuring a kazoo, we’d probably have been more than a little skeptical. But that’s exactly what happened at the end of Javelin’s excellent set at the True Panther showcase at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Saturday night. We love Javelin enough that we needed to see them again, after they brought their hyper, diverse electro-pop to our own showcase on Wednesday, and their Saturday set had an even more ecstatic vibe. Not only does the duo flawlessly produce dense, creative pop music, but they’re also fantastic performers, and they rallied an exhausted Saturday-night crowd into a full-fledged dance party. – Sophie Weiner