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Southern Soldiers: Springsteen and SXSW Day Three

Sometimes at SXSW, you're playing like a degenerate gambler, trading the sure thing you have for a ton of risk. I played that hand Thursday night here in Austin, leaving the hard-to-get-into Bruce Springsteen ACL Live at Moody Theater performance just as he entered his second hour to try to get into the Jesus and Mary Chain at the Belmont, an overly small club that SXSW wedged one of its biggest draws into for an...


<p>  Pete Loeffler, lead singer of Chevelle, on stage at Sokol Auditorium Wednesday night</p> Chevelle, Middle Class Rut, & Janus in Omaha

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the tour featuring Chevelle, Middle Class Rut, and Janus came to Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE. Concert season is starting to pick up in the Midwest now and along with that comes the nice weather which held true Wednesday night. We couldn’t have asked for a better night with the weather and show itself.

Janus started the night and got the fans off to a great start for a great show...


Southern Soldiers: SXSW Day Two

When it came to seeing Thee Oh Sees at this year's SXSW Festival, I was beginning to feel like I had a curse set upon me. I tried to catch them at Red Eyed Fly, but a growing line deterred me. Later that day, I waited for them at Red 7, one of their two scheduled Wednesday night official showcases, only to be affronted by a set of rote, workmanlike punk-pop by Roll the Tanks, a Massachusetts band that lives...


SXSW Day 1: Tennis, Screaming Females, Andrew W.K., Titus Andronicus

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Reader is teaming up with Hear Nebraska to cover SXSW this year. HN editor-in-chief Andrew Norman's stories will run right here at TheReader.com. And you can find more Hear Nebraska coverage reviews, photos and videos at hearnebraska.org.]

After a 14-hour drive that somehow took a day-and-a-half, I first wrapped my hands around a cold, 24-ounce domestic lager upon arriving in Austin for the...


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