As an Austinite, it’s my good fortune to enjoy a lot of good music any time of the year. So, waiting until the last few hours of SXSW to enjoy a few of Alejandro Escovedo’s friends at one of my favorite venues, the Continental Club was a good way to prep for the long anticipated Baton Rouge Blues Festival in April.
Big Sugar rocks that NOLA vibe with a funky, reggae beat, definitely all right. The Iguanas are another LA favorite at the CC.
LP3 and the Tragedy brought their So Cal Americana sound with strong harmonies from Louie Perez III on lead guitar and Ruby Rosas on bass, rocking a nifty green sequined dress.
The band I enjoyed the most was an indie punk band from Kansas City, MO – Pedal Jets. Always a sucker for power chords and Iggy Pop vocals, I can appreciate these seasoned stage warriors hitting their stride 30 years after their debut in 1984. From their website:
Originating in Lawrence, Kansas in 1984, the Pedaljets returned to the studio in 2012 to start work on the critically acclaimed “What’s in Between.” The album was mixed by John Agnello (Okkervil River, Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) at Headgear Studios, Brooklyn and packaged in the inventive design-work of The Sea and Cake’s Archer Prewitt, each song is at once vintage Midwest in-your-face rock and a totally new approach to what is timeless, resonant and beyond conventional formulaic alternative pop and rock. The guys have learned something after all these years. What the hell… From their beginning, the Pedaljets toured the country nonstop, often opening for the likes of Hüsker Dü, Flaming Lips, The Replacements, Meat Puppets, and other usual suspects of 1980s alternative/punk America, releasing two albums—Today Today (1988) and Pedaljets (1989), both albums receiving solid national attention and acclaim.
I look forward to seeing them again, maybe in Kansas City, a cool town with a great art scene.