SXSW Aftermath: Wild Moccasins Strike, Ray Davies Quakes, Deer Tick Boogie

Aftermath roused ourselves from our quick hour-long vegetative session after Thursday's day-party frolicking to venture into another night of SXSW music, that would include a local band's breakthrough, a legend reconnecting with his base and two indie-twang bands having a laugh at the industry.

First up was Houston's own Wild Moccasins. The band is ramping up to the release of May's Skin Collision Past LP, and their set at Friends Bar showcased a handful of tracks from the new album, sturdy songs built for maximum hook and heft. Co-singer Cody Swann's vocals were pushed slightly closer up in the mix to compensate for Zahira Gutierrez's bout with throat troubles.

There was a sizable crowd assembled, and the band definitely made an impact. The band later played a free Houston-centric show across town for folks without SXSW badges or wristbands.

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Craig Hlavaty
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