For most of the day during Friday of SXSW, we took a brief break from seeing shows and saw friends instead. But by 8:30 at night, it was back on. We tried to go see Metric at Stubb’s, but the line was incredibly long, so we gave up. (Turns out Muse was playing after Metric, which explains the long line.) Instead, we went to a back-up plan show.
The Ugly Beats. One of my favorite Austin bands. They always put on a killer performance of 60s-style garage rock, and they’re tight, loud, and energetic. Here’s a video.
The next band had a suspicious amount of flower child stuff going on, and their description in the schedule involved the words “folk” and “acoustic”, so we took off to the club where we wanted to see another band in an hour. But the band before them was tedious, so we decided to check out the nearby Buffalo Billiards.
Margaret Cho. That ended up working out great. We were only forced to sit through one song by a POS radio-friendly “alternative” band, and then Margaret Cho came on! She did a half hour of stand-up with two acoustic guitar songs that were delightfully filthy. Plus, we got to see her dead-on impression of Cyndi Lauper. That was a great way to fill half an hour, and then we went back to the previous bar.
The Downbeat 5. This show was packed and we almost didn’t get in. But a few people left right before it started, so we were able to slip in under the capacity line, and it was well worth it. I’ve liked this band for a long time, and saw them at SXSW before…..I think in 2005 at Beerland. They were still great, and the lead singer still has this amazingly strong, growly voice that’s absolutely perfect for the dirty garage rock they do. They a throwback act like The Ugly Beats, but they have a way different vibe.
They did a cover of The Righteous Brothers’ B-side “Justine” that was really great. Little did we know, this was merely going to be the first time we heard a cover of that song that night.
Thee Vicars. We went back to the club we saw The Ugly Beats at, which was having a night of all 60s retro bands. We wanted to see Thee Vicars, a British band with an eerily perfect garage rock sound. They put on a hell of a show. A lot of bands we’ve seen so far have energy, but Thee Vicars had all that and more to spare.
They also played a cover of The Righteous Brothers’ “Justine“. Clearly this song is the “whodathunkit?” song of the moment.
Today my plan is to return to heavy ingestion of day shows before a full slate of night shows. Then tomorrow we fly back to New York!
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."