When the sound of calypso beat and steel drum samples lure my group into Paste magazine’s day party, we sort of expect to see Spanish “black pop” maestro El Guincho standing there. Instead, we find new-to-us band Lord Huron, a LA-based group which sure looks like an odd assortment of friends. There’s a beardy one, a dredlocked one, one that kind of looks like Moby. Most importantly, they all seem to be buddies. They look like they’re having a great time; they sound like we’re having spring fun. The latter I vouch for, the former I confirm with Ben of Lord Huron.
Kopecky Family Band are so outstandingly energetic that we hardly have time to make friends with Lord Huron Ben when the kids all rush to see what’s buzzing on the second stage. Every member is well-styled and brings a different energy to the fore, and they play with unabashedly enormous flair. The tunes are decent and melodic, and the Austin sunlight streaming in from the bar’s windows gild a visually engaging and wholly delightful set.
Beckoning us back to the first stage, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons are street-smart pups: young, scruffy, adorable. Frontman Ezra yowls lyrics that range from pubescent to punning to pining to puerile, and all of them are good.
In the meantime, I make a friend named Antonio. I look after his phone as it charges, he comes back with a thank-you beer, and I tell him about The Note Well’s Speed Listening (http://bit.ly/lk6JSF). He gets extremely excited and takes me back to explain the concept to all of his equally enthusiastic friends. When The Note Well’s Austin branch launches, Antonio will be helping to lead the pack.
Photos happily provided by Team Note Well