The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.