SXSW 2011: Friday

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  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fader Fort: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: Walk The Moon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: The Vaccines

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: The Vaccines

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: The Vaccines

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Steve Madden Showcase at Stubbs: The Vaccines

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Cubic Zirconia

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Cubic Zirconia

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Cubic Zirconia

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Cubic Zirconia

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Nick Catchdubs

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Danny Brown

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Donnis

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Donnis

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Araab Muzik

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: Araab Muzik

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: A-Track

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Fool's Gold Showcase at Beauty Bar: A-Track

Photograph: Loren Wohl

Windish Agency Showcase at Emo's: Foster The People


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"It's just one dude and all he's saying is fuck and shit..." So complained possibly the only person in Austin not excited about seeing Odd Future—undoubtedly this year's South By show-stealers. The Cali collective played the Scoot Inn earlier on Friday, causing a stampede (the festival's second, after Thursday's Strokes fiasco) as reported by TONY's Corban Goble, and I caught their Fader Fort show in the dusky, sweltering afternoon. Of course, it's not just one dude—what's so awesome about Odd Future is that each of its members is prodigiously talented, from soulful crooner Frank Ocean to crazy-eyed Tyler the Creator.

And apart from the fact that there's nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) cursing, Odd Future are hella funny MCs. "This is my eee-lectronic press kit, it's so fresh..." grinned Tyler. What makes 'em Odd Future so special is that they feel genuinely dangerous—you really don't know what you're gonna get at a show, and yesterday's show had the crew hurling water bottles into the crowd like footballs. A bunch of 'em made contact—it was like watching someone getting punched in the face, the only difference being that the kid I saw get hit started laughing. "I still got ammo!" grinned a Wolf from the stage.

A million miles away from Odd Future musically, Matt & Kim still mine the same vibe of crazy, messy mayhem onstage. Both were hammered by their own admission and kicked off their Fader Fort set recounting a tale of St Patrick's Day SXSW excess: "I saw a girl holding another girl's hair while she vomited in the street—and that girl holding her hair was vomiting too." The duo makes music like a super low-budget Girl Talk, mashing up favorite cheesy hooks with snarly rock attitude. It wasn't a huge surprise that Erykah Badu joined em on drums—Badu credited M&K's "Lessons Learned naked video as the inspiration for her own "Window Seat" and she's Texan—but it sure was fun. Show highlight? Kim crowd surfing in her short-shorts, as introduced by Matt: "If you're near enough, look up 'em and you'll see the mouth of the beast!"

Green Label Sound has a hell of a roster going this year as attested by its showcase at La Zona Rosa. The bill featured MNDR, Theophilus London and a bouncy, impressively stoned Cool Kids, closing with Chromeo. Chromeo never appears to take itself too seriously—as we pointed out in our live review here, the duo looks like a dress-up version of Wham! and its song titles rarely carry a weight of seriousness ("Needy Girl," "Tenderoni" etc)—but Dave 1 and P-Thugg put on an awesomely tight show and last night's packed out crowd began and ended the show chanting "Chromeoooooooooh! Ohhhhh!" with football match gusto. Fun times.

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