More SXSW: My Morning Jacket March 17, 2008Posted by rugwu in Concert, Indie Rock, Photo, SXSW.
Tags: My Morning Jacket, SXSW
SXSW is the week that won’t quit. We’ve still got the goods, and we’re gonna keep giving ’till they’re gone. The My Morning Jacket show was epic. Jim James performs like he’s in some heavenly dream and the audience just showed up unexpectedly. The Kentucky alt-country/ indefinable group played several brand new songs from their highly-anticipated, forthcoming album, Evil Urges and most of the hits from their phenomenal breakthrough, Z. It was nearly two hours of flashing lights, wall-rattling rock n’ roll and more dancing white people than you’ve ever seen.
The band left the stage after about an hour and a half of criss-crossing their catalog, but a cheering crowd was having none of it and they still hadn’t played “Lay Low.”All five band members re-emerged firing on all pistons and the music was so loud that those of us in the front of the packed music hall were a little disoriented. The brightly colored lights contributed to an other-worldly atmosphere that took the experience to a new level. There was a collective feeling in the audience that we had all just experienced the kind of thorough rocking that comes along only once in a generation. N.E.R.D. should take notes.
Look out for Evil Urges, it will likely be the first real candidate for album of the year.