SXSW Music Festival 2012 - Day 5 - Afternoon
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The Silos @ Yard Dog

It was hard to drag myself out of bed for day 5 of the festival. While there was still plenty of good stuff to see, many of the interesting shows were spread out all over town and running back and forth was the last thing I wanted to do. Heading over to the Yard Dog and staying put for a couple of hours seemed like a good option. They hosted only 2 days of parties this year, both with fantastic line-ups. The Silos played the same set as on Wednesday (which seemed like weeks ago at this point - not surprising considering I had seen about 40 other shows since), but Rod Hohl joined them for added guitar power.

Ken Stringfellow @ Yard Dog

"Though his name might be unfamiliar to all but the most dedicated indie rock geeks, Ken Stringfellow has been flirting with stardom for over a decade, first as one-half of the Posies, then as a member of Big Star, a sideman with R.E.M., and a producer for indie upstarts like Damien Jurado." - Bret Love,
The stage at Yard Dog allows for pretty direct interaction between performer and audience, yet Ken Stringfellow felt compelled to play his set in front off the stage surrounded by his fans. His set included duets with Alana Amram and Skylar Gudasz.
Watch a video from another show during SXSW 2012 here.

Garland Jeffreys @ Yard Dog

"'I'm Alive', Garland Jeffreys repeats endlessly on the second track of The King of In Between, his first album in 13 years – perhaps for those that need reminding. A native son of New York City, Jeffreys has been making music since the late Sixties. A stint with major labels in the late Seventies and early Eighties earned the singer-songwriter a cult following, a slew of radio play, and comparisons to rock poets such as Lou Reed and Elvis Costello."  – Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle
Wow, that was an an unexpected treat. Sure, I remembered "Matador", his hit from 1980, and I did recall "Hail Hail Rock and Roll“ from 1991. He didn't play either of those songs, put he put in a memorable performance. His ace band with Mark Patterson on keys and guitar, Glen Fukunaga on bass, and Billy Masters on lead guitar provided the perfect foundation for him to constantly work the crowd. Setlist: "I'm Alive", "Coney Island Winter", "35 Millimeter Dreams", "The Contortionist", "Modern Lovers", ''Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me", "Wild In The Streets" and "96 Tears" with a bit of "Waiting For My Man" thrown in.
Audio: Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter
(from SXSW event page)

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ Yard Dog

When I spoke to Chuck's Manager a day earlier he had told me that the chances of shows in Canada in the near future were slim due to the complications for American touring musicians to cross the border into Canada. So I made sure I would at least see a couple of the three performances they crammed the afternoon alone.
I didn’t try to catch them at the Twangfest party – which meant I completely missed out on that party for the first time in years. Also missed my last chance to visit Jovita's one more time, which has since been shut down and its owner arrested on charges of drug trafficking.
At Yard Dog, two power outages lead to singalongs and some delays, but overall this was another outstanding set by Chuck & band in front of a packed audience: "Storm Across The Sea", "Balinese Dancer", "Castro Halloween", "The Left Hand And The Right Hand", "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat", "I'm Bored" (see video here), "Temple Beautiful" and "You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)".

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ Waterloo Records

An hour later the band was back on stage over at Waterloo Records. A couple of nice changes to the set, which was unfortunately cut short a bit: "Bangkok", "Storm Across The Sea", "Always A Friend", "The Left Hand And The Right Hand", "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat", 'Doubter Out Of Jesus" (see video here; be warned - sound quality is a bit rough), "White Night, Big City" and "Temple Beautiful".

Continue to evening...

All pictures (c) Steffen Paulus 2012