SOS Fest: Electrifying club shows from Snow tha Product, Japandroids, more

When Sound on Sound Fest was forced to cancel in October, booker, Graham Williams performed the Herculean feat of securing club shows for 80-90% of the artists scheduled to play at the Renaissance Fest-themed event. Most of the shows took place last weekend and here’s an overview of the ones we caught.

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Grizzly Bear performs at ACL Live on November 10, 2017. Robert Hein/for American-Statesman

Grizzly Bear at ACL Live: The veteran indie standby—formed in 2002 and infecting the college radio scene with 2006’s “Yellow House”—writes pensive, unfurling music for the iPod generation’s morning commute. To convene live is an initially awkward but validating realization that we’re not alone. – Ramon Ramirez

PHOTOS Grizzly Bear at ACL Live

Japandroids play Saturday, Nov. 11, at Emo’s. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman

Japandroids at Emo’s: Three albums into their two-man attack, King and drummer/vocalist David Prowse have started to change up their sonic ingredients, and Saturday showed that their fans are willing to take the journey with them. It takes guts for a band that built its name on in-the-red intensity to trot out a seven-minute synth-phony like “Arc Of Bar” – with a heavily effected guitar backing track running under everything – but the song holds up and expands the band’s sound because King and Prowse still deliver the buildup and payoff crowds have come to expect. – Chad Swiatecki

PHOTOS: Japandroids at Emo’s

Snow Tha Product crowd surfs during her SOS Fest set at Empire. Deborah Sengupta Stith/American-Statesman

Snow tha Product at Empire: Texas is ready for a Mexican-American rap breakout. How ready? As Snow tha Product’s insanely hype Sound on Sound Fest makeup show proved: hysterical screaming, delirious dancing, turned up to 11 ready. – Deborah Sengupta Stith

The Shins play Sunday, Nov. 12, at Emo’s. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman

The Shins at Emo’s: For just over 75 minutes on Sunday night, James Mercer – who at this point in his career is the human being of most consequence behind indie rock heroes the Shins – gave a clinic on the many ways a songwriter can transform their material while still pleasing a close to sold-out crowd. – Chad Swiatecki

Photos: The Shins at Emo’s

 


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