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Saturday, Mar 15, 2008

Photos and Text: Mehan Jayasuriya

At 2am on Friday night, Fucked Up and No Age played an impromptu set on the top of the Lamar Street pedestrian bridge. Word travels fast during South by Southwest, however and more kids showed up for the show than the bridge was likely designed to support (some even claimed that the bridge could be seen swaying under the strain). Regardless, police at the end of the bridge stood idly by and let Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up rile up the crowd with a blistering set of truncated jams.



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Saturday, Mar 15, 2008

Photos and Text: Mehan Jayasuriya



For a duo, No Age sure do make a lot of noise. During their early evening set at Emo’s, the L.A. duo ran through a number of short, catchy, Ramones-inspired tunes that set heads bobbing and feet tapping throughout the venue. And up in the front, a few kids even formed a small mosh pit—an odd sight at what’s usually a crossed-arms sort of festival.



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Saturday, Mar 15, 2008

Photos and Text: Mehan Jayasuriya



It’s not every day that you see a post-punk band with violins but then again, it’s not every day that you see a band fronted by identical twins, either. Led by sisters Emily and Susan Hsu, the Washington D.C. five-piece managed to quiet a chatty room at Lovejoy’s with their blend of post-punk propulsion, classical instrumentation and syrupy-sweet call-and-answer vocals.



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Saturday, Mar 15, 2008

Photos and Text: Mehan Jayasuriya



It wasn’t an easy mid-afternoon set for Washington, D.C. newcomers Le Loup—a delay pedal went missing, a banjo pickup emitted an annoying buzz and their set was ultimately cut short—but despite those odds, the band turned in a rollicking, impassioned set of folk-based indie pop. The band opened up their set with a few new tunes, most of which were quite a bit more guitar heavy than their previous work. Though Le Loup was originally conceived of as a vehicle for Sam Simkoff’s songs, it’s clear that the band is really starting to gel after spending a few months together on the road.



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Saturday, Mar 15, 2008

You may have noticed a posting here about Harp magazine going under, wondering what happened to that piece of news.  Well, Harp magazine is indeed kaput though I made the mistake of posting internal information that was circulated about it which might get the people involved in trouble.  As a contributor to the magazine and a booster of said publication, I don’t want anyone there involved in any hot water.  I know that goes against journalist impulses to get the story out about what happened but I’m not willing to do that the expense of editors there that I’ve worked with and respected for years.  Rest assured that the story about what happened there will come out.  For now, I hope you’ll also be mourning the loss of a great publication.


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