SXSW Dispatch #2: Daytrippin’
Hey Oklahoma. Carney checking in again. Miss you bunches.
So after a couple hours spent at the Buffalo Lounge’s day shows this afternoon, here are a few things I learned:
- If infectious, fun-loving bands like Givers and can achieve indie fame, there’s no reason Tulsa’s Guardant shouldn’t. Those analog synth lines and uptempo beats are all the makings of a quirky, lovable good-times band.
- Musicians of any type, genre, style, whatever can all learn a lesson from watching Josh Sallee rap live. The dude works a crowd like a real showman, riding deep in the pocket of the beat and spasming his whole body in coordination with whatever he’s saying. And when Myke Brown came out for a guest appearance in the middle of his set they did a buddy-cop routine that got the crowd –easily the biggest one for any of the Buffalo Lounge day show bands– hollering for more.
- At this point it’s pretty safe to say at this point that ACM@UCO is the foremost influence on young musicians in Oklahoma City. Just about every other band I talked to either formed there or had members who are students there.
- The range of musicality on display today impressed me. ’00s alt-rock, indie-pop, hip-hop, and top-notch bar room blues all had a place among the 14 or 15 bands that played.
Some general notes and observations before we get to the photos:
- 12-year-old-looking kids in Odd Future gear tally: 12
- Wayne Coyne is reportedly walking around with a bedazzled face, so there’s that.
- Not drinking enough water was nearly my downfall today.
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