I went to Austin, TX. last week to shoot the South x Southwest music festival for the Associated Press. William Philpott, Tobin Yelland, Jonathan Mehring, Anthony Bolante and myself ran around like crazy trying to shoot as a many bands as possible. Over 80 venues, over 2000 bands and 5 days stomping around downtown Austin. My feet were swollen after the first day. I got to see a ton of good bands and lots that I didn't think I'd like but were really good. Scorpion Child, Sleepy Sun, Naam and Bison BC are now on my radar.
I've never been a big Bone, Thugs and Harmony fan but it was one of the best hip hop shows I'd ever seen. They played unannounced at The Levi's Fader Fort, and the crowd went wild.
Crank County Daredevils. These are my friends I stayed with for the first couple of nights. Straight out of Ashville, NC. and on Ralph Miller's Rusty Knuckles label. These guys put on a show that's hard to beat- on stage and off.
Off! Keith Morris (Circle Jerks and Black Flag- duh) singing, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) on guitar and Mario Rubalcaba on drumms.
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Poppy euro dance, but she had a cool vibe and looked a lot like a skinnier, hotter Debbie Harry.
Jessi Darlin of Those Darlins. The bass player (not pictured) looked like she was wasted out of her skull.