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The Feds at SXSW

The Feds' Matt Slider at Wednesday's show. (Chelsea Ide)

Most of the songs I've heard by Dallas'

The Feds

had me thinking they were a radio band. But, I tell you, The Feds are straight-up rock when it comes to the live show. The band had great stage presence at its 8 p.m. Wednesday show on the back patio of Spiro's. Vocalist Matt Slider's throaty screams, the guitarists' enticing melodies and the southern rock-ish rhythms came together to produce a tight and unique sound, particularly on songs like "Big Foot Goes to Heaven."

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The Feds still have commercial appeal, but their sound is far from manufactured. Plus, the fact that Slider looks like recent Project Runway winner Christian Siriano doesn't hurt. See a couple more photos from the show after the jump.

The Feds next SXSW show is 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Thirsty Nickel. -- Chelsea Ide

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