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SXSW: The Weakerthans, Something Fierce and Nosapris

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“The line for badges starts right here,” said a bouncer and I happily planted myself right in front of his down-turned fingertip.

“Dude, it’s packed. They’re not going to let anyone in,” chimed a doubtful by stander. Score! He was wrong. Within seconds Lunchbox and I were holding up our badges for entry into the Cedar Street Courtyard 30 minutes before The Weakerthans took the stage. Lucky for us Man Man was opening. I’ve never witnessed these Philly rockers in person and thanks to a packed audience and venue not really made for concerts, I still haven’t, but it sounded good. As soon as they were done, the crowd cleared and we made our ways up further for the show we came to see.

As you’ve probably heard – thanks to Keith P’s sound post – The Weakerthans proved they're anything but. The Canadian trio led by ex-Propagandhi member John Samson (who is probably tired of still being described as an ex-Propagandhi member considering he left the band ten years or so ago) played to a tightly squeezed audience last night at the Cedar Street Courtyard. The Weakerthans finally made it to town in support of 2007’s Reunion Tour and most of the tunes came from that album and its predecessor Reconstruction Site. As a typical long-time fan, I would’ve liked to hear more from Fallow or Left and Leaving, but honestly I’ll settle from any country-tinged pop ditty from Samson and company. I was so pleased I didn’t even mind the fact that the “cowgirl” next me kept crushing my toes as she swayed back and forth in stiletto cowgirl boots. OUCH!

You can check The Weakerthans out this afternoon at Volume with guess who… that’s right my gal, Kaki King.

Before The Weakerthans gave me a reason to smile all night, I started things off with some Houston-spun fun. I headed out to the Light Bar to see Something Fierce, who had sound trouble. After the first couple of songs the sound guy was telling guitarist Steven Fierce to turn his amp down. The bar had the cops called on them the night before because of noise complaints. Apparently, these people were the only ones in Austin who didn’t realize one of the world’s largest musical festivals was going on.

Garcia replied with something to the effect of: “That amp is on six, I’m not turning it down any more – it will sound like shit.” The request tripped up the punky trio for a couple of songs but then they hit the ground running and finished up nicely. The Light Bar should remember to ask their parents next time they want to throw a concert …

Houston hip hopper Nosaprise was holding things down at Volume despite a meager crowd, but hey, it was still early and somebody had to go on first. -- Dusti Rhodes

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