SXSW Day One: Put This One in the Books

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Last night was my first-ever night of SXSW, or as it shall now be dubbed: The Night of a Thousand Beers.

Highlights: A quirky, endearing set by The Blow, the burrito I ate while sitting on a curb and the 15 minutes of R.E.M. that I caught.

Worst overheard comment:

Scene: The Blow at Emo's. The participants: two dudetastic dudes (T-shirts, vintage sneakers, plastic glasses).

Dude One: This isn't, um, really what I expected.

Dude Two: Yeah, she seems a little out of it. Maybe she's drunk?

Dude One: No, I mean, I thought she'd be hotter.

Today offers a plethora of goodies, so I better get moving. Check out my pictures from yesterday, after the jump.

Look who you can run into when you’re just walking down the street: It’s De Novo Dahl, working the hustle for their upcoming shows.

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OMG! Now it’s American Bang, ordering tacos.

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They just keeping coming! It’s Be Your Own Pet, looking young and ambivalent.

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As Tracy reported, we checked out the Theory 8 Showcase. De Novo Dahl sounded really tight.

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Look! It’s adopted local darlings Wax Fang.

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They play music (very loudly).

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And enjoy arm wrestling on a regulation rig.

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I was able to sneak my way in to see R.E.M. at Stubbs for about 15 minutes. And what a 15 minutes it was: “Electrolite”!! “Fall On Me”!!!! I was far away, and Michael Stipe kind of looked like an ant, but I could still feel his energy. Brilliant.

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I am working on my paparazzi skills. Here is Kevin from Wax Fang talking to Jim James from My Morning Jacket.

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Earlier I saw Chris Kirkpatrick from ‘N Sync. No one else cared. I wanted to snap a pic but wussed out. Here’s one I found online.

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Eventually the evening came to a close, with a human pyramid.

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