The Bait Shop Attempts to Cover SXSW, Partially Achieves Goal

I followed Bay Area bands out to Austin to soak in this year’s SXSW without a wristband. 

If you had been following The Bait Shop the last two years, you’d have noticed that many of our favorite local bands from California that we’ve shared music for and taken photos of were on the infinite black hole of a music festival bill for SXSW. So I attempted to document their shows throughout the week but somehow ended up seeing the same bands over and over, preventing me from reaching my photography goals. I bunked with Jay Som and Babewatch for the week, managing to see Jay Som about six times all over Austin. I was able to catch bands I originally hadn’t planned on seeing by wandering into free shows, like Caddywhompus, Priests, and LVL UP. I was waiting to see Vagabon in SF last week but caught her set a few hours before flying back to the Bay. There was no limit to how many times the crew I was with wanted to see Palm, Mothers, and Ian Sweet since many bands perform at least once a day, if not more. In no particular order, here are the bands caught by showcase.

Melina of Jay Som
Callum and Texas Pete of Babewatch
Theo of Wild Wing
Misha of Sadgirl, David and Max of Wild Wing

Stereogum at Hole in the Wall

LVL UP

PRIESTS

IAN SWEET

Levitation at Hotel Vegas

MEATBODIES

Secretly Canadian at Barracuda 

MOTHERS

Taco Bell’s Feed The Beat at Bar 96

JAY SOM

Adhoc at Cheer Up Charlies

JAY SOM

FLASHER

PALM

Post Trash at Beerland

CADDYWHOMPUS

She Shreds at Las Cruxes

SNEAKS

JAY SOM

Urban Outfitters at Space 24

VAGABON

JAY SOM

Polyvinyl Records at Cheer Up Charlies

PWR BTTM

WHITE REAPER

JAY SOM


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