For anyone attending the annual South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, this week, the decisions have been painstaking. So make your final night count and choose wisely when you head out to Sixth Street on Saturday.
1) Third Eye Blind, 11pm, The Belmont - In December, Stephan Jenkins took to the Twitter to announce that Third Eye Blind's next album, their fifth, would be their last! What the follow-up to Ursa Major will eventually be remains to be seen, but maybe whatever writer's block is affecting the group can be broken down by enthusiastic applause?
2) Vampire Weekend, 12:15am, Stubb's - Well, it's the weekend, isn't it? Come see what's become of these famous quirky rockers in the three years they've been away from us. Will their new album Modern Vampires Of The City be the third album that solidifies their position as the best Vampires who have ever sorta-lived? Or has too much weekend doomed their bloody fate? You decide!
3) Twin Falls (featuring Chris Carrabba), 12:20am, Cedar Street Courtyard - Former Dashboard Confessional/Further Seems Forever frontman Chris Carrabba, who has had teenagers singing his words for years, has now formed a new group with the Narrative's Suzie Zeldin on mandolin and vocals, bassist Jonathan Clark, and Bad Books drummer Ben Homola. Who will release their untitled debut album this summer remains to be seen, but get the scoop on what it sounds like here.
4) Talib Kweli, 1am, Haven - Prisoner Of Conscious, Talib's sixth studio solo album, drops in May. Where this ambitious rapper takes hip-hop this time out should be on display in the wee, small hours of morning here, as SXSW makes one final lap around the party pool. Jump in!
5) The Pharcyde, 1:15am, Club de Ville - Every year someone makes a comeback, and surely it's possible that 2013 will be the year that the Pharcyde make their big return. The Amerigo-Gazaway produced single "Still Got Love (Bizarre Tribe Megamix)," credited to the Pharcyde & Gummy Soul, says there's still creative life to be lived.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Third Eye Blind
- Chris Carrabba