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LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 3

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It was almost as if the arrival of GWAR sent out a silent signal to all those who brought their own costumes to SXSW to don them and let their freak flags fly. The esteemed rocker monsters (aliens? beasts?) were walking around 6th street with their spiked appendages flapping in the breeze amongst the masses, delighting most of us, and scaring a few children. After that moment there seemed to be at least one guy in costume at every show. I saw lion headdresses, horse head masks, and even one full on bear suit (which in the heat must have been sweltering). It was almost as if the festival had seen GWAR and thought, "Oh game on!"I started the day at the LA Record day party which was at a store on 2nd St. called Design Within Reach to catch The Mynabirds, who had released one gorgeous single on their Myspace page, "Numbers Don't Lie," and nothing else. Needless to say, I was dying to know if the rest of their set was as good as that one offering and am happy to report that it was. Despite the odd acoustics (it was a store after all) and the lack of strings that are featured on the recording, lead singer Laura Burhenn's low husky voice came through the speakers so beautifully that Dusty Springfield have would sat up and noticed. It's the kind of rich voice that makes you turn your head and go "Hey, what is that?!" The five piece played a stripped down, country fried indie pop reminiscent of Neko Case, but a little less intense. I caught up with Burhenn after the set, and she assured me that after the album drops in April, Los Angeles will be featured on that tour.