What You Haven’t Read about SXSW

Here’s what you haven’t read about my trip to Austin, TX for SXSW so far…

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Last week, I had the pleasure of spending seven days in Austin, Texas. Not only was it great being in Austin, but it was also a pretty popular time to be there. South by Southwest (or SXSW) is the interactive, film, music, and comedy festival that completely takes over the city for almost two full weeks. As part of the completion of my interdisciplinary degree at Columbia College, I was able to attend the festival as part of the AEMMP Digital Distribution & Promotions Practicum course. For my project in class, I was able to incorporate something I was planning on doing down there, anyway. I got to write about all of the bands (good and bad) that I was able to catch, and it was published over on Atwood Magazine. If you’re interested in the music portion of my experience, click on the day-header for those ramblings. This post will serve more in the nitty-gritty of the trip, and what you won’t find on a publication. Thus, “What You Didn’t Read about SXSW Already”

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(Review) Elliot Moss, Wild Child @ Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Wild Child has been one of my favorite bands since I first heard them on the KAXE morning show about three years ago. The song was “Crazy Bird,” and almost immediately after I heard that track, I found myself downloading and devouring everything I could that was theirs. I grabbed tickets to the first show I could, which was in Chicago at Lincoln Hall, and continued to love their music more and more. Almost a year later, I found myself in the crowd again at Lincoln Hall, dancing to some of the new tunes they would release later that year (well, this year, Fools is the new album).

Of course, being a fan of their music, I had the utmost faith that they would release another solid record, so I pre-ordered it on vinyl when sales went live. I grabbed a ticket for their show that was coming in October to Chicago again, pleased to see a venue change for them: Thalia Hall.

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Chicago: Jeremy Messersmith (Review)

Although Riot Fest is happening this weekend in the southwest side of Chicago, and Zac Brown Band was playing at Wrigley Field on the north side; the place to be on Friday night was even further north of Wrigley. In a family’s backyard in Rogers Park, Jeremy Messersmith had his “Supper Club Tour” Chicago stop. Messersmith‘s Supper Club Tour is unlike any other tour you may have heard of before, he describes it as eating great food, hanging out with cool people, and hearing him test-drive some new music. Which, in a nutshell, is exactly what happened. The food was great, the people were definitely cool, and the music (which is our focus here), was actually spectacular.

The attention was drawn from the conversation and the food to Messersmith with one sentence: “My name is Jeremy, thanks for bringing me dinner,” he said, before launching into “Dillinger Eyes.” Since the show took place in a backyard with limited space and power, Messersmith played solo accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar. He continued to warm the crowd with the opening track from his latest record Heart Murmurs, “It’s Only Dancing.”

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