Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township melt the Continental Club

We went to the last night of the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin two Sundays ago.

South By Southwest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. If you're from out-of-town, it's absolutely fantastic to come to Austin and have hundreds of bands playing for four days solid.

If you already live in Austin, though, South By Southwest is a gigantic pain in the ass.

The quality of music available on any weekend here is already phenomenal. All South By Southwest does is add 100,000 people and hopelessly clog up the downtown area.

So everyone I know avoids the music festival like the plague, us included. Well, until the Continental Club (a historic music venue in Austin) booked both Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township AND Alejandro Escovedo for Sunday night.

My favorite band. Gloria's favorite band. It was perfect.

Well, except for this: GWUT was the first band (at 8 p.m.). AE was the last (at 12:15 a.m.). Between them were FOUR other bands. If you're keeping score at home, that would be two great bands and a whole lot of "not nearly as good" in-between.

You might think that since Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township were the first band, that they wouldn't be nearly as good as the bands that followed them. That may even be what the other bands thought as well, until GWUT came out and basically melted the stage.

These guys never have a bad show. They don't even have a bad song. And I've said it before, but I'm going to say it again: this band is going to be HUGE.

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