AUSTIN, Texas -- Kyle Kraft shooed his band off the St. David’s Episcopal Church stage Tuesday night, moving to the piano, saying he had a song for our “super duper president” that needed to be performed in church.
The Portland songwriter sat at the piano and began the hymn-like “Donnie at the Gates,” a solemn blistering of Donald J. Trump and his evangelical Christian supporters -- among its key lines “Hey Jesus, does it break your heart in two that the ones that believe in him believe in you?”
That song in that setting will be my most memorable moment from South By Southwest Wednesday, a night that, again, found me seeing just one band -- Kraft’s six-piece Stonish rock 'n' roll outfit -- that was all male.
I caught one all-female group, the English quartet Goat Girl, a very good band featuring a singer with a voice that's a cross between Stevie Nicks and Courtney Love that shared a showcase with Starcrawler (yes, I saw them again and the performance at Seven Grand was even better than the Tuesday night set at the more energetic, punk appropriate Main II.
My other notable show of the evening was the first of the night -- and, at 30 minutes, quite short.
It came from Lucy Dacus, the indie rock ‘it girl’ of 2018, who played most of her fine new album “Historian” capped by the smouldering “Night Shift,” it’s opening track. Dacus will play Omaha’s Reverb Lounge on April 2. I talked with her last week and will have much more about her, including some views of Tuesday’s set soon.
I spent the day at the Austin Convention Center attending panels -- a discussion with salsa start/actor Ruben Blades, a conversation between producer Steve Albini and Kim Deal of the Pixies and Breeders and a panel on “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” an upcoming HBO documentary that featured Stax Records songwriter/producer David Porter and Priscilla Presley.
The latter’s going to lead to a story about the film before it airs -- or whatever you call it -- on the pay cable network.
And look for an account of Nebraska Exposed, the free showcase presented Wednesday night and Lincolnites at SXSW Friday.