We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

The music portion of SXSW doesn’t officially start until this evening, so concert-wise there’s not a lot to report.

I spent most of the day just en route. Last year I took two extra days off and drove to SXSW with some friends. It was an OK road trip—we stayed in some crusty motels and spent a day in Nashville. This year, for convenience’s sake, I decided to cough up the cash for a plane ticket. Anyway, I’ll spare you the further details of my passage.

Same with the afternoon, which was mostly tacos and naps.

My host, former City Paper City Lights editor Mike Kanin, invited me to sit-in with his psych/noise/improv band Expensive Shit at a pre-festival show they were playing. For 14-minutes I tried to do my best Hawkwind-era Lemmy impersonation, but my three-quarter scale bass—once owned by former City Paper Arts Editor and indie-pop enthusiast Leonard Roberge—wasn’t really having it. I had a good time, though.

(Expensive Shit photo by Alexis Wolstein)