Day 4: SxSW Rain Delayed But Not Washed Out

SoundDiego sent a small team of crack music professionals to Austin, Texas, this week to see great bands, walk a LOT and stay up late.

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As is the case many years, rain and lightning put a damper on South By Southwest, but couldn't extinguish all the great shows for fans, including an appearance by MCG.
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The Austin five-piece played a late-night set at Shiner's Saloon.
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MCG were joined on the bill by an incredible 27 other bands -- some of whom were rained out, unfortunately, including San Diego's own Ki, who rescheduled for a Saturday appearance.
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The band heads out to San Diego for a Lestat's show on April 8.
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Not far away, over at B.D. Riley's, San Diego indie rockers were making the Irish pub scene at B.D. Riley's
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The band started their day over at Guac n Roll near Rainey Street, churning out their own recipe for hungry music fans. Stupid us -- we thought they were gonna play a show! Luckily we were having a very late lunch.
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That's Soda Bar talent booker Cory Stier on the drums for Mrs. Magician.
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SoundDiego's highlights at South By Southwest included a surprise set by the Deftones.
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Our first steps of what turned out to 8.5 miles of walking on Thursday took us to the Fader fort.
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Neo-soul/synth-pop singer Dua Lipa was playing to a full tent.
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A trip back east brought us to a poolside side by Alexander Jean -- whose female half is a San Diego native who penned Beyonce's hit "If I Were a Boy."
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Thousands of fans turn out for the free nightly concerts at Auditorium Shores that are open to the public and don't require a South By badge.
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Bay Area alt-rockers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down were providing the main musical support on Thursday.
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The abundance of photog real estate was welcome after shooting fora couple nights in packed clubs.
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The band is headed San Diego's way: a Belly Up show is slated for April 28.
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As night fell, it was time for a set by the Deftones, who brought out dedicated fans by the thousands.
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The set was a surprise to some, since the scheduled headliner, singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne, was forced to cancel due to illness.
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Cameras 1 and 2 are operated for SoundDiego this week by master videographer Albert Rascon.
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Little Hurricane's appearance at the Clive Bar showcase presented by Showtime was just one show among many this week.
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San Diego natives CC (left) and Tone will headline SoundDiego LIVE next week at the Music Box. Go to SoundDiego's Facebook page to get on the guest list while you still can/
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A stop at the Half Step rewarded a few hundred lucky fans with the unforgettable Mon Laferte, who made the trip from Mexico City.
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L.A. garage rockers Bleached put in an appearance at Barracuda that gave the Deftones some competition for the best set of the day, and maybe the week
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You can't wander into a place for a nightcap without lucking into an incredible show. Proving the point: The New York indie rockers of the Drowners headlining at Old School.
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SoundDiego's second day at South by Southwest began with a trip to Lagunitas Brewing Company's annual showcase.
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The event is very much a celebration of Keeping Austin Weird.
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A dozen or so carnival-type acts rotate around the venue during the day, entertaining the crowd between bands.
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This year, the party was held at the self-proclaimed "historic Scoot Inn," which has a rustic feel to it, to say the least.
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Some of the performers' acts tend toward the extremely risque, a mix of burlesque and the truly weird.
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It just wouldn't be a party without a sword swallower, amiright?
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Next up, SoundDiego schlepped back over to Rainey Street to the Container Bar.
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Matthew Logan Vasquez -- who also fronts Delta Spirit, a band with deep San Diego ties -- played a daytime set with his eponymously named side-project.
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After grabbing some dinner, it was across town to the Cedar Street Courtyard, where the L.A.-based band Transviolet claimed a main-support slot at an official SxSW showcase.
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Transviolet's singer, Sarah McTaggart, used to front the band Noise Floor, a SoundDiego LIVE Garage 2 Glory-winner that played one of our free monthly events back in 2013.
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With a little time to kill, a stop a Maggie Mae's on 6th Street, where there's never a shortage of great bands.
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The venue did not disappoint: Playing the stage was Norway's Aurora, who had appeared earlier in the week on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
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Killing it downstairs was the Brooklyn-based rockers the Skins.
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Late night was the time to head over the the Trinity Hall at Old School showcase for San Diego's cholo-goth pioneers, Prayers.
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We caught hometown rap/rock heroes P.O.D. on our first day.
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The heart of SxSW is, of course, on overcrowded 6th Street, even on a "sleepy" Tuesday night kickoff.
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We started our day, though, over at Toyota Prius Presents the Arcade at Fader Fort, where we spotted rapper A$AP Ferg (left) doing a shoot with a mini-fleet of pedicabs.
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Fader magazine is the organizer of Fader Fort, an unofficial South By event comprising several buildings and a large Coachella-style "tent" for performances.
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The event is free and open to the public, who can get swag, and free drinks and food while they're insde.
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There are also interactive art installations throughout the space.
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Fader fans could get temporary tattoos or even a trim (with a Fader logo) at the barber shop.
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Tuesday is a bit of a crossover day for SxSW, with music and interactive weeks overlapping. Virtual reality was huge this year at interactive and also had a presence at the Fader Fort.
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Dude, maybe never is not a good idea. Give someone else a turn already.
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The lineup on Tuesday featured mostly comedians.
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After grabbing some dinner, the next stop was the JW Marriott rooftop party, where UMG presented the Music Is Universal event.
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The swimming pool is so cool, deep in the heart of Texas ....
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A short jaunt to the east side of town to the Lucky Lounge was next, where the locally owned GigTown company was hosting a showcase that featured guitar virtuoso Eric Tessmer and his band.
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Gigtown's Any Altman (left) and a colleague liked what they heard.
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Back on the west side of town and a set by Brit synth-pop/post-punk legends Sad Lovers & Giants at Barracuda's outdoor stage.
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Night No. 1's highlight, though, were Chula Vista's Payable on Death, who headlined an official showcase at the Dirty Dog on 6th Street.
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Sonny and the band played to a packed house with no shortage of ink.
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