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LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 1

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Yesterday was the official kick off of the music section of the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Every bar, house, and parking lot in town had a band in it, near it, or sleeping on it. The streets were teeming with literally thousands of musicians, who were looking for their big break, desperately trying to stick out of the pack, as well as all of the support system clamoring for your attention. Every radio station, blog, publication, record company, pr company, and book agent has decided to put on a party here, each competing for the crowd's favor, wooing them with free beer and bbq and trying to put on the best show possible. We waded into the fray with one mission on our minds: finding you those bands who were actually worth seeing and reporting back with details on when they would be playing in Los Angeles.

We started at Paradise (which seemed a good place to start) for PopMatters day party and caught These United States, a damn fine rock band steeped in Americana from Lexington, KY. This five piece group took it's cues from people like The Band and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, with songs like "I Want You to Keep Everything" and "Honor Amongst Thieves," which had big jangly guitars and monster drumming.