Coda: Live music north, east, and SXSW, and reflecting on Alex Chilton
It was a crazy week for live music-- not just in Austin, but right here at home: we advised you to get in line quick for this summer's biggest shows: Eagles/Dixie Chicks/Keith Urban at Nats Park, Phish at Merriweather, and the to-be-announced Virgin Mobile FreeFest.
Janelle Monae was worth her weight in star power at Black Cat this week, teleporting between Earth and Planet Weird to play a crazy good set for a sold-out crowd, and Al Green and Megadeth showed us they've still got it, and then some. Wednesday, the U Street Music Hall opened to fanfare, despite a couple awkward moments in the crowd (not their fault)-- and they're not kidding about that 40,000 watt sound system.
Meanwhile down south, moody Brits the xx and the ever-cool Dum Dum Girls packed the house-- er, tent-- at SXSW. David and Chris blogged their highlights from the Austin hoedown, but yes, there's more-- be sure to check tomorrow's print edition for Chris's wrap-up of the festival.
Finally, we reflected on the life and legacy of Alex Chilton as we lost count of how many bands at SXSW have been somehow influenced by the iconic musician. Take a minute to appreciate one Chilton's greatest songs and thank your stars there's no such thing as too much music.
March 19, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
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