Neon Trees at Vevo Showcase at the Spaghetti Warehouse, SXSW 2012

SXSW: Day 2 – Neon Trees, Kaiser Chiefs, and more Neon Trees!

I had a difficult time leaving my comfy bed this morning, so I got a later start than I hoped and missed the Kaiser Chiefs breakfast show.

I decided to start the day with Neon Trees at the Pandora Discovery Den at Antone’s.  I got there about an hour before they were scheduled to go on, and was surprised a) just how small it was, and b) just how empty it was.  I got a good spot on the edge of the stage,

The club filled to capacity by the time the band took the stage.  It was another great Neon Trees set, a bit more subdued than last night’s affair, but about 3 songs longer.  Even though the lighting was absolute crap, I managed to get some good pics, so I was happy.

Afterwards, I made my way over to the Filter party to see the Kaiser Chiefs.  The courtyard was full by the time I got there, but I could see just fine from the street.  The Kaiser Chiefs were…the Kaiser Chiefs!  They did “Ruby,” and “I Predict a Riot”, and a few other hits, as well as several new songs.

They still have a great energy.  Singer Ricky Wilson even crowdsurfed near the end of their set.

Keane were playing after Kaiser Chiefs and I really wanted to see them, but needed a break.  I went off to the pub next door for a pint of Guiness, and when I came back, the sidewalk was too full to get a view.  I did listen to them perform “Everything Changes” and they sounded fantastic!

I planned on going to see fun. next, but Neon Trees were playing their final SXSW show across the street, and I was tired.  Less walking won the night.

This was the Vevo showcase, and I am so glad I went.  Fantastic professional lighting meant my photos came out much better than the ones I took at Antone’s.  And their set was at least one song longer then the Antone’s set too.  A really great, high energy performance that looked and sounded great!

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