Ray Davies, STP, She & Him, the XX and others on tap today at SXSW
So many bands, so little time.
When the night comes, indie darlings She & Him come to the always-impressive Filter showcase at the Cedar Street Courtyard at 10, and if you stick around, Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow rocks his solo work at midnight.
What's this? The Stone Temple Pilots are playing tonight at the Austin Music Hall at 10:30, the same slot held by Motörhead on Wednesday night. It's a big venue and Lemmy didn't quite fill it up -- can the original line-up once deemed "foxy" by Pavement pack 'em in? So much depends on Scott Weiland. Won't miss this one.
Actual local natives, Austin, Texas's own Quiet Company, will be playing an official SXSW showcase on top of the Wave on 6th Street at 11 p.m. Not digging the name, but the great band led by Taylor Muse will woo you with his dynamic songwriting.
Those Darlins packed them in to the tiny Submerged club early this morning. If you were somewhere else, catch them at the Billboard.com Bungalow at 11 p.m.
If you missed the beautiful Roky Erickson pairing with Okkervil River on Wednesday afternoon, they team up again tonight at 12:30 a.m. at La Zona Rosa. Definitely worth the $5 cab ride to the other side of downtown. Introduced Wednesday as "two Texan treasures," the two generations mixed perfectly, especially when the keyboards began swirling. If you find yourself out there a wee bit earlier, Kinks frontman Ray Davies just happens to be playing at 10:30 p.m., by the way.
Finally, it's hard not to agree with Todd Martens, whose pick of the day is the XX at the Mohawk Patio at 1 a.m. on Red River. Sure to put you in a spacey, dreamy vibe as you float home from a second day of rock. Watch Martens and Ann Powers dissect Wednesday night's performances and talk about today's bands in this video shot on 6th street in the wee hours last night.
-- Tony Pierce
Top photo of Okkervil River with Roky Erickson at Wednesday's show. Second photo of Quiet Company giving out free hugs on 6th Street during last year's SXSW. Credit: Tony Pierce / Los Angeles Times