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Saturday, March 21, 2009 3:46 a.m.

South By What Happened in 23 Words or Less

(What happened in 23 words or less)

The Mae-Shi -These dudes are burnt out. Members are just leaving the stage mid-set. This, however, remains rock and roll.

All Photos By Alex Carusillo & Ani Mamourian

This is seriously what their show looks like. Also there use wireless accessories. Like guitars. And hot air balloons.

The Thermals – They’re good.

This photo is not good, but we were far and that dude looking directly at the camera is hysterical

This photo is not good, but we were far and that dude looking directly at the camera is hysterical.

The Hold Steady – The following collection of letters is to count as one word: OHMYGODTHEYARESOGOODANDFUNANDTHEYHAVEWAILINGGUITARSOLOSANDCRAIGFINNTREATSHISGUITARLIKEANACCESSORYANDINSTEADCHOOSETODRAMATICALLYACTOUTHISSONGS.

All Photos by Alex Carusillo & Ani Mamourian

Frontman Craig Finn was not actually singing. Sometimes he just yells inaudible phrases in the middle of songs.

FliP – I would absolutely write them off as generic rock if they weren’t Japanese. Plus, her scream is pure.

While this doesnt necessarily fit into the 23 words it is worth noting that the grizzled aging white men in the front row could not get enough of these 19 year old Japanese girls and their rock and roll

While this doesn't necessarily fit into 23 words, it is worth noting that the grizzled aging white men in the front row at "Japan Nite" could not get enough of these 19 year old girls and their rock and roll.

School Of Seven Bells – It’s like the dueling banjos of ethereal harmonies.

In addition to looking like a My Bloody Valentine album cover this image is actually what their music sounds like

In addition to looking like a My Bloody Valentine album cover this image is actually what their music sounds like

De Los Muertos – They sound like the band that would be playing during the descent into hell, in a mid ’90s movie. When a character drops acid.

All Photos by Alex Carusillo & Ani Mamouria

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – I refuse to believe that people actually, actively like this music. It’s fine. Totally. But there is nothing in it that inspires passion.

White Denim – Dance rock.

Cursive – Tim Kasher: I take what I said in this review back. I was wrong. Your band is awesome. Your lyrics are awesome.

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