“SXSW 2014: Redheaded and ferocious,” Vanyaland


Abandoned flyers, torn gig posters, and empty chip bags litter the historic 6th Street like scattered autumn leaves while bands, brands, bloggers, and music lovers migrate back from whence they came. South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014 had its share of soaring highs but also some dreadful lows. It’s important to take a moment to reflect on the beautiful lives that were needlessly cut short. It’s also a reminder that we’re only here on Earth for a brief window of time. Appreciating art, culture, and the friendly faces around you continues to be the best way to spend those fleeting moments.
SXSW Music 2014 played host to a smorgasbord of rock, hip-hop, EDM, DJ sets, street performers, and even South Korean post-rock droners. It would take a mercenary legion of logistical masterminds to cover all of the shows that went up this past week. But a handful of dedicated CoS staffers, writers, and photographers did their best to present a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg. And while those tired heads finally get to sleep in their own beds this evening before an inevitable week of detox from booze, sunshine, and BBQ, CoS invites you to revisit some of Saturday’s highlights.

White Mystery – Sailor Jerry Presents at The Sailor Jerry House – 2:45 p.m.

Photo by Adam Kivel

“He definitely just ripped the bandage off of a new tattoo while drumming,” the dude next to me said, dumbfounded. There was Francis White, red mane flopping ecstatically, smashing away at his kit so hard that the wing nut on one of his cymbals popped off, and he was doing so with a freshly minted, Sailor Jerry-approved tattoo on one arm (the venue would, apparently, give you a free tattoo, the style of which was chosen by a spin of a wheel). The equally redheaded and ferocious Alex White stood a few feet away, tearing at her guitar with every swipe. Tracks like “Secret Garden” roared with the kind of exuberant abandon that would come with traveling from Chicago and relishing SXSW life for a few days (trust me). –Adam Kivel
Dum Dum Girls – Sailor Jerry Presents at The Sailor Jerry House – 5:00 p.m.


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