SXSW REVIEW PART 1 - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX

Loyal Beasts, it has been quite a hectic week for your's truly, with the highlight of it all being the SXSW Music festival.  I dove into bars seeking the best performances and talent I could display here today.  Recapping the 1st day of my auditory journey, I started with some local showcases with The Homewreckers, Grrl, and Conway Seavey, both playing mid-day showcases on 6th street.  Made my way over the Acoustic-Rockin set of Finnish folk artists Steve N Seagulls.  These guys play cover of Iron Maiden and AC/DC on banjos and accordions, make it a point to catch them the next time they come anywhere close to you.

I hightailed it over to the Empire Garage for an interesting set of a group called Spirit Animal.  Think early Red Hot Chili Peppers mixed with some Rage Against The Machine and you have hit the vein of this group, definitely worth keeping an eye on this up and coming New York band.

Resigning the evening at an Austin landmark, The Dirty Dog, I was stoked to catch the sets of Both HED PE and POD.  First off, I am always caught off-guard every time I catch HED PE.  This somewhat forgotten gem of the Ozzfest Alumni club is genuinely a joy to behold, and have a very engaging stage-show.  The band dips into Metal, into Punk, into hip hop, and even into Reggae.  The core of HED PE can be a mess, but whatever this madness is, it's compelling and done with enough earnest heart to make you overlook it's rough edges.

Surprise of the evening is relative new-comers and openers of the night, The Dead Deads.  Hailing from Nashville, this all-woman group has a unique look about them, and generally transcend multiple genres of Rock N Roll with a common core that leads them back to Metal.

Lastly, what can I say about POD.  Still the hard working metal group today, constantly pushing themselves to be a key component of any festival, why should SXSW be any different?  Of course they played Youth Of A Nation, of course they played Boom, yes they are still playing Murdered Love.  Seeing them on a small stage like the Dirty Dog, a bar packed to the rafters with metal heads for one of the finest celebrations of metal in all of SXSW, it was incredible getting a POD headlining show in one of the busiest weeks in all Austin.

POD



















HED PE























Spirit Animal




























Steve N Seagulls









Conway Seavey





Wyland















The Warning





The Homewreckers







Open Hand




Grrl





Brock Bushong











The Dead Deads
















Dylan McDonald & The Avians









Misc









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