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Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Round-up Review: SXSC Day One, Rat Heart, Bass Amp & Dan-O

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

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The Jump Starts were up next, a two-piece with singer/guitarist Justin Johnson and drummer Sarah Ross. I have seen this band play for a few years, and I continue to be impressed with Ross' improvement as a drummer. The band would be equally killer as a party band as Junebug, and have ingeniously figured out that two-member bands make more money per capita and travel in a smaller package.

The Jump Starts
  • The Jump Starts

Sleepy Kitty shook up the evening with an alternate sound -- Evan Sult had a broken hand, and Paige Brubeck led the first half of the set with a beautifully spooky, a capella cover of "Summertime" and other tunes with the aid of a loop pedal. When Sult and an additional guitarist joined Brubeck, Sult put all of his pent-up energy into vocals and light touches of percussion with his good hand. It was actually my favorite set from the band so far.

Advice: Carry crackers or a similar small snack on your person for a night of show-hopping, in case the spirits get to you and you feel a bit pukey. Not that I imbibed too much and felt pukey; That would be unprofessional.

After I sat out in the cool air and ate my crackers, suddenly revived, it was time for the Rum Drum Ramblers. I mentioned RDR in my last post as well, but this time I was able to snag frontman DoorMat for another snazzy interview, wherein he discusses the use of his many talents when his two fellow Ramblers go out on the road with Pokey LaFarge.

The show ended on a lovely, late note, with the Ramblers on the floor and unplugged. I went home and slept happily.

Saturday morning I discovered that someone had stripped my bike of all its moveable parts, leaving the frame outside like a ravaged skeleton. Instead of bummed, I felt like a properly hazed city-dweller. (Also, I was pretty bummed.)

On the plus side, my face hurt from smiling so much the night before, unless I was mistaking an oncoming sinus infection for evidence of mirth. "Onward!" thought I, "to the land of smoke and doorless toilet stalls!"

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