03/24/2008 – SXSW Day 4 Recap – Saturday is the last big day of the music festival and in years past it’s been one of the most intense as you try and see every band you’ve missed all week, and check off all those final “must-do” items. One of the first things that I wanted to check off my list was Flatstock. Flatstock is a fantastic concert poster showcase featuring around 100 artists. I could have spent $1000 in there, but I managed to get out of there with just two great Spoon posters and a few buttons.
Super Deluxe was sponsoring a huge day party called Mess With Texas 2 at Waterloo Park, and that’s where I spent the remainder of the day before the night shows. There were a million cool bands and hilarious comedians. I got to see Atlanta’s own Atlas Sound, Kimya Dawson, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, Tig Nataro, Hard ‘n Phirm, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Human Giant, Matt & Kim, and The Breeders!
After a long sunburnt day spent under the Texas sun I was ready for the final night shows to get started. I didn’t really have any “must-see” shows tonight so I just winged it all night. First up was a nice set by Georgie James at the Dirty Dog. The band was quiet and the club was loud so I was straining to really catch everything. Next up was Neva Dinova, they had a nice guitar heavy sound and I stayed for most all of their set before heading over to the Parish to try and catch Los Campesinos!
There was a big line outside but it quickly moved inside and I made it upstairs just in time to watch the band set up for 30 minutes. They tore their set and played my favorite “Tonight I Have to Leave it” to finish out the night. Well, the end of the evening was quickly approaching and I was done. I stuck my head in a few bars on the way back to the car and picked up a big slice of pizza for the walk. Every year I want the festival to last one more day, yet I’m totally exhausted by this point. One more short day in Austin and I’d be home.
Day 4 in the books. (Photos)