Tequila! Wet Leg, Los Bitchos Show SXSW How to Party

Throughout a day that noticed a minimum of Dolly Parton make her SXSW debut, the most well liked ticket was arguably for Moist Leg, the Isle of Wight duo whose charmingly post-punk songs have made their upcoming album probably the most anticipated of the 12 months. The road to see the band at Mohawk stretched all the way in which down Crimson River, however to those that made it previous the door, the euphoric gig was well worth the wait.

Day 4 additionally noticed uncommon performances by Zambian group Witch, an unconventional heavy-metal panel, and our first (and hopefully solely) Alex Jones-adjacent sighting of SXSW. Right here’s what we witnessed in Austin:

Season of the Witch

Regardless of an exquisite, stunning revival prior to now decade, Witch aren’t precisely an everyday presence within the U.S. The Zambian rock pioneers are at the moment on solely their second American tour, ever, of their almost five-decade historical past. So Witch’s relatively massive footprint at SXSW has been a blessing. They had been throughout Austin on Friday, absorbing fan consideration whereas hanging at Lodge Vegas and enjoying two reveals: A raucous afternoon slot at Container Bar, and a 1 a.m. set at Lucille that felt extra intimate, however nonetheless burned with mind-meld depth and a way of event. Co-founder Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda (nonetheless a small-scale amethyst miner in Zambia when he’s not performing) and fellow unique member Patrick Mwondela had been decked out of their standard vibrant witch hats and joined by youthful musicians who nailed their winding psychedelic explorations and dime-stop shifts; guitarist Michael Rault positively shredded. The great vibes had been so persistent that at one level the band joked that their identify — an acronym for “we intend to trigger havoc” — additionally stands for “we intend to trigger concord.”


Zambian rock pioneers Witch made a uncommon look at SXSW.

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Moist Leg Turns into a Large D

The Isle of Wight duo have gotten a lot buzz during the last 12 months that they not too long ago upgraded their venues to suit as many followers as they’ll — they usually have many, who know each phrase to the post-punk gem “Chaise Longue” and the witty kiss-off “Moist Dream.” It was essential to catch them at SXSW, and we lastly did at Mohawk on Friday afternoon, with Rhian Teasdale commanding the stage in a cowboy hat and Hester Chambers shyly beaming alongside. Their self-titled debut arrives subsequent month, however till then, we’ll simply maintain chanting “I received the large D” again and again.

SXSW’s Holy Divers

In a pageant that leans laborious into indie-rock, hip-hop, and world music, one panel stood out like a sore satan’s horn: Friday morning’s “Dreamers By no means Die” was a dialogue of the enduring energy of heavy metallic with some titans of the style. Moderated by SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, the hour-long sitdown featured Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler, the irrepressible youth-gone-wild Sebastian Bach, and Wendy Dio, the widow of legendary howler Ronnie James Dio. Whereas the majority of the dialog centered round a brand new film celebrating the late RJD, there have been a couple of classes in legit metallic historical past, thanks particularly to Butler, who recalled his Irish-Catholic mother and father’ horrified response to Black Sabbath’s first album. Nevertheless it was Bach, ever the loose-lipped wildcard, who offered the comedian reduction. When the convo turned to in the present day’s metallic bands and the outrageous fonts they usually use to spell their names, he quipped: “Why do their logos seem like a tree department?!” By no means change, Baz.

Sammy Hagar Goes Nation

Talking of hard-rock interlopers, Sammy Hagar and his band the Circle additionally crashed the SXSW lineup, enjoying a no-badge-required live performance on the SXSW Out of doors Stage at Austin’s Woman Chook Lake. We caught the Crimson Rocker’s headlining present in Nashville earlier this month, however for Friday evening’s gig we weaseled our manner right into a coveted spot on the aspect of the stage to look at Hagar belt out “Rock Sweet” and “Poundcake.” We additionally received a literal glimpse behind the scenes and discovered that Hagar, his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, and Jason “Son of Bonzo” Bonham heat up backstage to not basic rock tunes however to nation music. This evening, they received in combating form by enjoying alongside to the Cadillac Three’s “I’m Southern” and Luke Combs’ “Beer By no means Broke My Coronary heart” — Hagar known as the latter’s refrain probably the greatest nation lyrics he’s ever heard.

Los Bitchos, SXSW

Los Bitchos’ instrumental jams set the scene at Augustine on Friday evening.

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Los Bitchos’ Wild Experience

It’s one factor to listen to the worldwide, all-female dance-rock band’s debut Let the Festivities Start!, however the celebration actually involves life whenever you watch them carry out. They handed a bottle of tequila amongst one another whereas grooving laborious on psychedelic surf riffs, Latin rhythms, and extra — and after we say “extra,” we imply “Lindsay Goes to Mykonos,” a music about that point Lindsay Lohan went to Greece and began managing a seaside membership. “We at all times hope that Lindsay Lohan would possibly come to one in all our reveals,” guitarist and songwriter Serra Petale advised the group. “She is going to, proper??” They saved us glued all the time, they usually don’t even have lyrics.


Incessant yapper and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was supposedly rumbling round Austin’s streets this week in his armored “battle tank,” attempting to troll SXSWers along with his macho false-flag persona. Whereas we didn’t see Jones himself, we did come throughout his minions on Friday evening cruising South Congress in an InfoWars branded Hummer. Two dudes had been standing within the again, whereas a 3rd had his head out the highest, shouting one thing garbled by way of a megaphone. In regards to the coming of our reptile overlords? About their favourite tacos? Your guess is pretty much as good as ours.

(Full disclosure: In 2021, Rolling Stone’s father or mother firm, P-MRC, acquired a 50 p.c stake within the SXSW pageant.)

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