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SXSW: Guitar Shorty and Kimya Dawson

Two free parties on South Congress this afternoon presented a study in opposites.

Down at Yard Dog Gallery, Guitar Shorty tore it up, searing through the blues, all with a half-crazed, white-toothed grin on his face. Dude even played with those teeth for a while.

Meanwhile, Kimya Dawson (you know, that woman from the Juno soundtrack) had a much more subdued performance at the Hotel San Jose for the Good Magazine party. You can check out a little audio of "Chemistry" below. (And no, that bottle breaking you hear in the background was not an intentional part of the performance.)

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All in all, the Good party was, well, pretty darn good. Being green was easy, with free bamboo T-shirts and solar panels fueling the stage. There was even an appearance by a PETA chicken who proudly proclaimed he wasn't a nugget.

Well, at least he got our attention. -- Keith Plocek

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