Saturday, March 18, 2006

Here Come the Woggles

I'm trying to get myself together for some day parties, but the rain will probably put a damper on that action. Besides, I didn't get to bed until 5am. That's how long it took me to come down from seeing the Woggles. The venerable Georgia garage rock quartet really tore it up and I'm ashamed for not seeing them play live sooner.

Japanese Devo idolaters Polysics also sounded great. The retro-futurism thing might get tedious in the hands of lesser bands, but Polysics play it with the tight tenacity of prog-rock freaks. It was great big fun. Unfortunately, they played at Zero Degrees, which is typically only a live music venue during SXSW. They didn't have a stage, but the area immediately surrounding the band was raised, meaning you were stuck looking at a whole bunch of shoulders if you weren't close enough to step up.

One way non-locals can tell if a bar is only a live music venue when SXSW isn't happening is to order a Lone Star beer. If the bar charges you four bucks or more, they're probably faking it. Also, if there's a hot girl selling beer out of a metal tub right when you walk in, it's definitely not a real live music venue.

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