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Bands I Watched: J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Gary Numan, Shakey Graves, Cody ChesnuTT, Inner Oceans
Best Live Show: Cody ChesnuTT
Film I Saw: God Help The Girl 
Best Food: Samosas with tamarind-date sauce from Whip In

The final day of SXSW was spent waiting in lines only to be turned away to shows I had been wanting to see or only getting into show's during the group's final songs of their sets!

It was a rainy, overcast day in Austin. I met some friends at Whip In for "Indian breakfast" and planned out my day. The things on my list to do were: hang out at the Reverb showcase and go see Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian's debut film. Not on my list: see Britt Daniel of Spoon walking down a side street by himself to the same film screening as myself. In passing, I asked him when he was going to put out a new Spoon record and he replied that the band had just finished recording this past week. 


Stuart Murdoch

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"God Help the Girl" is the cheeky, yet heartfelt debut feature musical film from Murdoch. If you're a fan of Belle & Sebastian you'll love and appreciate the film. And also, if you love the musical genre, all things twee, or teen films, this is the film for you. It will get a theatrical release in the states this September, so I'm hoping the SIE Film Center will bring it to Denver. 

During the Q&A, the Scottish director and musician said that one of the reasons he could make it to the screening in Austin is that Belle & Sebastian are recording a new album as we speak in Atlanta. 

Besides Gary Numan, I hadn't seen any of these artists (all whom I admire) in concert. J. Roddy Walston and the Business rocked the outdoor Stubbs venue with a riled up audience singing along to his music. He also took a moment to thank all the radio stations playing his music! 

Cody ChesnuTT

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I tried to get into Snoop Dogg, but instead ended up seeing Shakey Graves again. The guy in line next to me said he had seen Shakey Graves the day before and that the addition of the "female singer" (we know her as Esme Patterson) is was what got him to come out again.

I hung out with Zach Heckendorf and his band after Shakey Graves and then we all watched Cody ChesnuTT together. I really loved his 2012 album, "Landing On A Hundred" and his live band gave a new life to the songs. This was a perfect way to end SXSW 2014!