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SXSW: Wavves

SXSW: Wavves

Photo by Colin Kerrigan. For all of our SXSW 2013 coverage, head here.

“Can you ever get tired of moshing along to ‘Idiot’?”, we asked last year. It’s 2013, Wavves are back at SXSW, and here’s a firm answer: No. You can’t get tired of doing that. Wavves opened their set with “Idiot”, and even though Nathan Williams’ band has a new album on the way, the group’s set at the Life or Death PR showcase at the Scoot Inn only featured two new songs: “Sail to the Sun” and “Demon to Lean On“. Despite some sound issues during “Sail to the Sun”, the band delivered a tight, solid set. Sure, Williams could’ve unveiled more new stuff from Afraid of Heights, but at this point, he knows that he’s got a pile of catchy, festival-ready tracks in his arsenal.

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SXSW: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

SXSW: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Photos by Colin Kerrigan. For all of our SXSW 2013 coverage, head here

It’s fun watching people trying to dance to Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s “Ffunny Friends“. On its face, it’s a track that’s just funky enough to sound like you could dance to it. The result: A crowd of people awkwardly and rhythmically pumping their hands without fully committing. The song kicked off a fine if pedestrian set from UMO, whose Krautrock guitar sound paled in comparison to the two also-mellow sets that immediately preceded it: Mac DeMarco’s and DIIV’s. UMO’s saving grace? They closed with a cover of Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow”. Even if their version lacked the vocal bite of Jay’s original, it showed that these dudes benefit when they inject some muscle into their set.

The Jay Reatard connection: Current Wavves bassist and former Reatard bassist Stephen Pope was present

UMO hat status: Two backwards, one frontwards

Mosh pit activity: Not a lot.

Quote from UMO’s Ruban Nielson that could apply to some of their set: “It’s a shit show!”

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