SXSW 2007 - When All Else Fails...

Tips for the solo and/or disgruntled South By Southwester. If you find yourself being shut out of higher profile shows (you don't really need to see Voxtrot, do you?) or itching to duck into some place more intimate and "black lodge"-esque, you may want to try the Blender Balcony at the Ritz. While the door for the main bar, on the first floor, will be crammed with badges trying to pile in, cut to the left and head up the stairs. In past experiences there's never been much of a line, and this is a dark, dank, unusual theater, with stadium seating. This year tends to have a high ratio of psych mutants mucking up the confines; including Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Phantom Family Halo Band, No Age, Dead Child, Lords, and Indian Jewelry (pictured above, and whom I witnessed at the Balcony last year). Be warned, this smarmy, grotesque, trio will force you to join in.

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