Five Cool Things Witnessed At SXSW 2013: Wednesday, March 13
The Austin music festival South By Southwest continued apace this Wednesday...and while persistent, maddening, downright cruel rumors of a Daft Punk secret show on the steps of the Capitol Building proved untrue, I still managed to see enough awesome music to compensate for that daft disappointment. While SXSW can sometimes be an aggravating exercise in FOMO, or "Fear Of Missing Out"--there is so much music to take in, it's inevitable that many opportunities and gigs will be missed--I attempted to adopt an anti-FOMO, more pro-YOLO attitude on my second day at SXSW. I stopped to smell the BBQ, so to speak, and just tried to enjoy the moment. Here are the Wednesday moments I enjoyed the most:
1) Nick Cave Proved He's The Coolest Man In Austin On The Planet
"Hopefully it'll get dark," rail-thin master of gloom Nick Cave intoned at the start of his Bad Seeds' concert at outdoor venue Stubb's, as traces of the Texas sunset still streaked the sky. Oh, it got dark, all right. The Push The Sky Away crooner proceeded to hold festivalgoers under his voodoo spell, by turns serving as fallen preacherman, jaded lover, beer hall crooner, and keeper to the gates of purgatory. For 90 minutes, he howled his way through new epics like "Jubilee Street," "Wide Lovely Eyes," and the Miley Cyrus-namechecking "Higgs Boson Blues," as well as such aged-like-fine-wine classics as "Mercy Seat," the filthy murder ballad "Stagger Lee," and the song that quite possibly showcased Cave at his Caviest, "From Her To Eternity." This was one of the hottest tickets in Austin, and Nick did not disappoint. If you didn't get in, you're probably the one suffering from FOMO right about now.
2) Karen O From The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Wore THE BEST OUTFIT EVER
Nick Cave was a tough act to follow, but when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the stage at Wednesday's NPR showcase at Stubb's (following a very incongruous set by the way-too-happy Latin party-pop combo Café Tacvba), they made quite an entrance. Frontgoddess Karen O was all decked out in some sort of funky-chicken acid-yellow Nudie suit, excessively accessorized with a poncho seemingly fashioned from Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader pom-poms, bug-eyed sunglasses probably purchased at an Elton John estate sale, and a newly bleached 'do. And she once again reminded us all that before Ke$ha, before Katy Perry, even before Lady Gaga, she was the pop princess when it came to dressing to impress and for excess. Miss O proved she's still an "Art Star" after the YYYs' four-year recording hiatus, and it was absolutely fabulous to see her back.