Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

STEVE ROCK: SXSW Photos & Recap

I was only in Austin for a day and a half, so I didn't see and do nearly as much as I did last year, but here is some of what I did manage to see...

On Friday night Prisonshake played the Blender Bar, and we found ourselves sandwiched on the bill between two modern garage bands from Boston, Muck & The Mires and the Downbeat 5, respectively. Both bands were full of very nice people who all delivered the live rocking goods.

Muck & The Mires

The Downbeat 5

Aussie legends The Hoodoo Gurus were also on our bill, and are as great a live band now as they were 20 years ago.

Head Guru Dave Falkner.

After our set I ran over to the Hilton and caught Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple.

Me & my old pal Peter Holsapple, seconds before he hit the stage.

Old Cicero's doormen reunion: Doug Enkler & the legendary Jim Utz, at the Twangfest/KDHX Party.

Detroit's Deadstring Bros. rocked inside at Jovita's like a motherfucker. Imagine the Stones doing a whole set of "Tumbling Dice" and you kinda get the idea. A tremendous rock band.

The Figgs were far and away the best rock band I saw in Austin. A riveting, well-oiled, and truly inspiring live band!

Figgs bass god Pete Donnelly. I bow at his feet in total awe...

My St. Louis and Undertow homies Waterloo, at Jovita's.

Graham Parker tore the roof off Jovita's for three songs with The Figgs.

Old mates: Doug Enkler & Graham Parker.

Murph of Sloan, trying to "book some studio time" at the close of David Cross' party at Red 7 Patio.

Doug Enkler & me, Target parking lot, Austin. Don't ask...

STEVE ROCK: Finn's Motel at SXSW: Twangfest/KDHX Party at Jovita's & Red 7 Patio 3/17/07

We started the day with a less-than-fresh hangover set outside at the Twangfest/KDHX Party at the wonderful Mexican restaurant, Jovita's. But we redeemed ourselves later that evening at the Red 7 Patio with a solid, rocking set.

Joe Thebeau rocking the patio at Jovita's.

Robert Griffin, Patrick Hawley, Joe Thebeau, my good side.

Joe rocking the Red 7 Patio.

Joe & Griff.

Patrick, bringing the donk.

Me & Joe.

(Photos by Enk)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

STEVE ROCK: Prisonshake at SXSW: Blender Bar 3/16/07

We rocked the nut particularly hard in front of a really great crowd at Blender Bar. Threw a little donk in for good measure, too. Enkler was truly on fire and delivered a heroic performance of hot rock...

Doug Enkler & me.

More Enk & me.

Robert Griffin & Enk.

More Griff & Enk.

Me, Enk, & Joe Thebeau.

These are the jokes, lady...

(Photos by Tom Lunt)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

STEVE ROCK: Prisonshake SXSW Review

From Annie Zaleski's Riverfront Times SXSW blog:

Prisonshake came out of hibernation on Friday night and blew the roof off the absurd scene at a venue called the Blender (as in, magazine) Bar at the Ritz. Playing on a small half-moon stage draped by red curtains that was dwarfed by a giant Texas flag continuously waving on a TV over the bar (à la a yule log), the post-everything group schooled younger bands in what raw, dirty and messy sounds like. Riveting vocalist Doug Enkler contorted his body and flailed around the tiny stage howling like a man possessed – and nearly beheaded bandmates several times with the mic stand — as the group jumped from gnarled noise, metal snarls, doom-disco, post-garage and instrumental psych-rock. (Enkler’s self-deprecating stage banter, of which there were too many instances to mention, also entertained nearly as much.) Anticipation for Prisonshake’s upcoming album(s) Year of the Donk: high.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


I'm heading down to Austin to play South By Southwest again. This year I'm pulling double duty with Prisonshake and Finn's Motel. Here's the scoop on both:

Prisonshake (SXSW blurb, download/stream, & website)
Friday, March 16
Blender Bar at the Ritz (320 E. 6th St.)

Finn's Motel (SXSW blurb, download/stream, & website)
Saturday, March 17
Twangfest/KDHX Day Party
Jovita's (1617 S. First St.)
1:30pm (outside stage)
Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St.)


If you're down there and can make it to any of our shows, do say hi and let's buy each other a drink. Though my stay in Austin will be much shorter this year, I'll still provide a full report and photos here upon my return...