Photos: Jennifer Kelly
Music Day 3: WFMU Showcase - The Strong Stuff
Lots of the music at SXSW is about as concentrated as the Coca Cola they sell at the Mohawk… vaguely sweet, see-through watery, and deceptively empty once you discount all the ice. WFMU, one of the oldest and surely the best free-form radio station in the world, doesn’t traffic in that stuff. At their showcase, sponsored with San Francisco’s Aquarius Records, every act on the bill is intense, focused, and compelling. The bands come from lots of genres -- spazz punk, metal, alt-country, blues garage, and experimental jam -- but they have in common a certain purity of focus and full-body commitment. Nobody here is punching the clock.