First up for today was Buffalo's own Lemuria (Upstate New York, represent!). I feel like I've been trying for years to get into this band, mostly because I really really dig its name (It was in "Golden Sun!") and yet I've never quite been able to make the jump. I wanted to give the group a fair shake on stage to hopefully push me over that ledge into fandom, but sadly, it just wasn't so.
In what both feels like a week that has flown by, but also managed to squeeze every last drop out of and packed a mini-lifetime into each day, I've reached the end of my first SXSW. It was a blast, and I already know I want to return next year, hopefully a little wiser (pack less clothes, bring spoons, and stay downtown close to the convention center). I'm pretty sure each day of SXSW takes a total of one year off my overall life span, but it's been worth it.
After battling immense dietary death (my food challenge days are behind me apparently) I rallied to the first actual day of SXSW. The morning consisted of randomly running into a few smalls groups and stumbling upon a steam punk bar (Metal and Lace...who knew?), before stopping in to see Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin host a panel on the crossroads of music and technology. Aside from some major nerd tech geeking out over the changing world of
Looking at my schedule this morning, I knew I had a few panels to hit, but thought that my music schedule would be a little lighter, but as the great Dr. Ian Malcom once said, life...or music, tends to find a way.
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