Wow! I got to cover this for a real media outlet on Day 1. We arrived after about 1 p.m. and it was freakin hot. We (my husband, brother and I) did the smorgasboard thing. We caught a little Asleep at the Wheel… they were okay. WE walked over to the Austin Ventures stage, which has become one of my favorite stages, and caught the Hairy Apes BMX. They were very energetic, and had a cool punk sound.
We thought Mofro would be good, because of the write up in the Chronicle, but we weren’t as impressed. Their sound was a little too slow for us. It was bluesy and melancholy, sure… but slow-paced.
We walked by the AV stages again and caught some of dios. I’m having a hard time remembering exactly what they sounded like. It was kind of this 70s cover sound… they were okay.
Mates of State was supposed to be good, but Andy and I thought they sounded like the Rosebuds, only not as good. We took off after a few songs. Their audio seemed really off, too. I’m not sure whether it was the sound guy or them, but it was annoying.
Nic Armstrong & the Thieves were recommended by our hair dresser, and we liked them a lot. They had a great punk sound.
But by far, my favorite of the day was Thievery Corporation. Their sound was almost indescribable. It was a mix of South American, Indian, roots, reggae and rap… it was awesome. I know what music I’m going to add to my collection this week.