On the last night of SXSW I headed over to Maggie Mae’s for some Chilean love music. First, Intimate Stranger – a band from Santiago, Chile with a British vocalist – but they all live in Austin now. Got it? Keep reading for more photos and video.
Top Israeli band HaDag Nachash (or Nahash – but the h is stronger) has been to Austin before. February 2008 to be precise.
Now they came back for SXSW all the way from the other side of the world. It’s very unfortunate that due to poor planning, the earlier shows at TenOak (formerly Cuba Libre) could not stick to their schedule apparently due to delays in setting up each show; so everything ran late and HaDag could not start playing until 1:45 AM, 15 minute before closing time.
When this happened last year at a different venue, they simply stopped serving alcohol and let the band finish their act… sure, after anti-Mubarak-like protests from the audience.
We were not so lucky this year. Shitheads. At least we got a good 15 minutes.
Another South African rapper we saw is Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), and he was a grownup. He was pretty good, but the best part by far was his bassist. She was awesome. You need to see the video, but I don’t know if it does her justice.
This little kid from Johannesburg (oh… the memories) calls himself Gamebuoy and he can rap pretty good. Who knows, maybe he’ll get really famous and I’ll be able to say that I saw him in a concert when he was a kid and I was standing by the stage and totally blocked him from everyone’s view.
These guys were one of my favorite surprises this SXSW. From Medellín, Colombia, this band from the late eighties sometimes can sound a lot like Depeche Mode with a little Moenia, which they predate… so I guess Moenia sounds a little like them.
Vicente Gayo is an interesting band from Mexico City. They put on a good show with a lot of energy but their sound was mostly noisy, not that melodic. They were giving away cool Speak n’Spell stickers and were selling really nice t-shirts. Also: Many extra points for using a Commodore 64 (the computer I first learned to program on) during their show.
The Strokes played on Thursday at Auditorium Shores as part of SXSW. The concert was free and it was packed. I attached a video of their last song, which they played with a large fireworks display as a backdrop – read the full post to view.