Saturday, March 16, 2013

SXSW: Thee Oh Sees

What's a SXSW experience without experiencing the garage stylings of Thee Oh Sees? The psychedelic-leaning, kraut-loving Bay Area stalwarts closed out the Castleface Records showcase at the Gypsy Lounge on East Sixth, a night filled with the finest lo-fi rock San Francisco and Oakland can offer, featuring Warm Soda, Blasted Canyons and The Mallard.

On stage, Dwyer and Co. laid down a viscous display of their prolific library, pounding through the drawn-out riffs of Carrion Crawler/The Dream (2011), their Breaking Bad jamz, and some new material from their most recent (and eleventh) studio release, Floating Coffin. 

After days of waiting in lines, UV rays frying up my white ass just to hear bands play three-song sets before being rushed off into the ether of a dozen other shows, the Castleface bonanza acted as the perfect counterpoint to the bullshit, ain't-about-the-music-nature of SXSW. With bands playing full forty minute sets, no lines to get in, cheap beer and no cover at the door, John Dwyer's label laid out the template for a slammin' South By party.

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