Saturday got started at around 2:45, as we headed to the Filter Party at Cedar Street. After getting a beer and free shirts we headed to the front of the stage, where we were packed in like a can sardines. A little after 3:15 Devotchka took the stage and I couldn't have been more excited. I regret not seeing them the previous day at KLRU studios (they played at 11:30 am and it was FREE, it kills me writing that).
Devotchka was the one band I had to see during SXSW. Nick's voice is amazing, I can't say it enough. My friend Chris describes it as "Morrissey meets Thom Yorke". His whistling during "The Enemy Guns" had me envisioning a cowboy riding a horse through the sunset. The tuba player was about as energetic as you can be holding one, as she squated up and down as she played. She even strummed the bass on a few songs. The violist/accordion player was phenomenal and complimented Nick's voice just perfectly. I could have watched them play for a few more hours but I knew there were other bands. I just can't say enough good things about Devotchka. We ended up meeting Nick after the performance, he was down to earth and our good friend BJ and him talked about both living in Denver. I snapped a quick picture with him as Grand Archives were taking to the stage. Best performance from SXSW!!
Grand Archives had to follow Devotchka, a hard feat that they even acknowledged. They tried their best as they opened with "Torn Blue Foam Coach" and "Miniature Birds". I like them but I was just in the mood for something more upbeat after seeing Devotchka.
I wasn't too familiar with Sea Wolf, but really ended up liking their sound.
Kate Nash is such a nice girl, we met her and took pictures with her before she went onstage. She was later joined by Billy Bragg and they played a few songs together. She ended with "Foundations" and it seemed like everyone in the crowd was singing along.