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The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos

Damien Jurado, the minimalist, at the Swan Dive
Damien Jurado, the minimalist, at the Swan Dive
Nick Rallo

Moving forward.

There were a number of un-missable day parties with good lineups yesterday, including those from Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan and, of course, the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown (with Wu-Tang Clan).

So, Pete's working on Twitter-sized reviews of good chunks of Music Day-Twoish, bingo is starting to take shape, and make the jump for Best-Of's from yesterday in Austin.

Much more to come today.

The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos
Nick Rallo

Best First Lyric in a Set - Fergus & Geronimo
At Barbarella, where little dancing pins of light were reminiscent of the star traveling in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fergus & Geronimo took the stage and began simply: "Super Bowl sweatshirts."
 

The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos
Nick Rallo


Best Quiet Show In A Loud Venue - Damien Jurado at the Swan Dive
BV's party was surprisingly unpacked in the mid-afternoon, but there was still a sense of energy at Barbarella and the Swan Dive. Damien Jurado was a strong highlight: a tight pack of people grouped by the stage at the Dive, where Jurado played in front of a flowing-white sheet.

The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos
Nick Rallo

Best Portable Hangover Cure - La Casa Del Fuego
Potato and egg taco, with beans and cheese: It was like lifting Thor's hammer after traversing downtown Austin with an empty stomach and a headache. The best part(s): The spicy onion mix on the condiment bar, and the free taco that came with it because the wait was so long.

Ume. Not at SXSW, but still.
Ume. Not at SXSW, but still.
Nick Rallo

Best Straight-Up Rock Act - Ume
There's no frills, no bullshit in this local act, whom you may remember from our St. Patrick's Day Concert, just razor-sharp rock and searing guitar solos. Their SXSW performance opened the Village Voice Showdown, which you can read about in a recap from our sister paper the Houston Press.

"OOooo!"
"OOooo!"
Nick Rallo

Best "This Weather Rules" Moment - Fireworks Following The Strokes
A cool breeze was rolling through downtown last night when the fireworks started over Lady Bird Lake. What else can you say about fireworks, except express a long, pleased sigh?

The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos
Nick Rallo

Best Crowd in Action - Trae Tha Truth / Wu-Tang Clan
A jam-packed, high-energy night at the Village Voice SXSW (at the Austin Music Hall) party ended with Erykah Badu, but not before the crowd engaged the stage with chants, moshing, and earth-chattering cheers.


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