SXSW Day 4: BADBADNOTGOOD, Sir Sly, Deap Vally

Something was really off for us today, like we just couldn’t get our crap together.  We were on a mission to find the party where Royal Blood was playing, but confused our days and ended up at the right venue a day early.  The good news is that the Cedar Street bar was pretty chill and we got some time to regroup while listening to the jazz/funk fusion stylings of BADBADNOTGOOD.  Really fresh sound.

We couldn’t decide whether to head to the chaos of one the larger parties, or find a relaxed place to listen to a few good bands.  I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to get tired.  So we decided to check out the Cherrytree Records line up at Trinity Hall.  What a treat!

Sitting out on the verandah, we could people watch over Sixth Street and listen to the first few bands.  We were really there for two artists: Sir Sly and Deap Vally.  Having seen Deap Vally before, we knew we were in for a great show and they sure did deliver.  Deap Vally really rocks at full volume, and the small venue really didn’t do their heavy guitar and drum sound justice.  These girls need a more cavernous, open venue to really display their craft.  Nonetheless, they really put on a show and it was fun to see them up close and personal.

My big surprise of the night was Sir Sly, which blew me away.  I walked into the gig knowing only the song Gold, which I really love.  From that one song I was expecting a kind of mellow set, but they really exuded energy and got everyone dancing.  I would say of their set, Gold was one of the less exciting tunes (which shows how many excellent songs they have).  The crowd had a blast, and I danced so much I only got a few photos.

So we’re still on a mission to see Royal Blood.  We have one last chance, so I’m ending this quickly.  Gotta get there early to see if we can luck out this time.  Crossing our fingers.

Photos from Day 4:

Sir Sly

Sir Sly

Sir Sly

Sir Sly

Deap Vally

Deap Vally

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