SXSW Preview Pt. 12- The Q’s and R’s

We’ll pass on the handful of mediocre Q bands and move right on to the R’s.

Ra Ra Riot- I was never on board for this band until I saw them at SXSW a couple years ago.  They were tremendous live and released an album last year that captures that spirit.  I’m not a big string section guy, but they’re used to create a wonderful ambience to the music in areas that most bands would take the lazy way out and add keyboards.  This band deserves every bit of success they can get.  Not going to do the back story, because it has nothing to do with how great they are now.

Ringo Deathstarr- There’s some bands that are great on record and others that are great live.  The Jesus & Mary Chain  were great on record.  Live they were a frequently  disappointing adventure.  The Hives are jaw-dropping live (at least the first time), but it doesn’t always translate on record.  Ringo Deathstarr are the rare band that can do it all.  Combining the JAMC’s wall of feedback and great melodies with a scorching live show.  This one gets tucked away on my top 5 must-see list.

The quality of this next video isn’t great (it’s a handheld, non-official video), but it’s totally worth watching to get a sense for the dirge that RD create while doing something JAMC never did: act like they’re into it.

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~ by toddc2001 on February 27, 2009.

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