The best shows at SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Parquet Courts and more - Reverb

The best shows at SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Parquet Courts and more

Now that we’ve taken a day to absorb a week of music at SXSW 2014, the Reverb staff has put together its picks of best shows. A clear stand-out is St. Vincent’s set at Stubb’s on March 12. With a full visual experience, dynamic guitar work and her usual vocal strength, Vincent set a high bar to beat throughout the rest of SXSW 2014. Other highlights included a refreshing and intelligent performance from Hospitality on March 13 along with Parquet Courts’ buisness-like and blistering show at Red 7 on March 14.

Check out our full coverage of SXSW 2014 here.

Matt Miller

5) Kishi Bashi — Dirty Dog, March 15
4) Hospitality — The Parish, March 13
3) Parquet Courts — Red 7, March 14
2) Future Islands — Cheer Up Charlie’s, March 13
1) St. Vincent — Stubb’s, March 12

John Wenzel

5) Buffalo Daughter — Cherrywood Coffee House, March 14
4) Katey Red — Avenue on Congress, March 14
3) Schaffer the Darklord — Flamingo Cantina, March 13
2) Ume — Cheer Up Charlie’s, March 11
1) Motel Beds — The Lost Well, March 13

John Hendrickson

5) Mr. Gnome – Cheer Up Charlie’s, March 12
4) Hospitality – The Parish, March 13
3) Parquet Courts – Red 7, March 14
2) The Orwells – Stubb’s, March 14
1) St. Vincent – Stubb’s, March 12

Lucas Dean Fiser

5) Hospitality — The Parish, March 13
4) Polica — Cedar Street, March 15
3) Parquet Courts — Red 7, March 15
2) Julian Casablancas — Cedar Street, March 15
1) Kishi Bashi — Dirty Dog, March 15

Joe Murphy

5) Young Magic — Parish Underground, March 13
4) Har Mar Superstar — Cheers Shot Bar, March 14
3) Lizzo — Cheers Shot Bar, March 14
2) Mr. Gnome — Cheer Up Charlie’s, March 12
1) Young Fathers — Latitude 30, March 14

Ryan Johnson

5) The Toadies — Stubbs, March 15
4) Angel Olsen — Mohawk, March 12
3) J Roddy Walston and the Business — Stubbs, March 15
2) Hurray for the Riff Raff — Pandora Discovery Den, March 14
1) St. Vincent — Stubb’s, March 14

Ru Johnson

5) Raz Simone — on top of his Tahoe in front of The Fader Fort, March 15
4) Aloe Blacc and Exile — Vulcan Gas Company, March 14
3) Schoolboy Q — Stubb’s, March 14
2) Erykah Badu — The Fader Fort, March 15
1) A$AP Mobb — The Warehouse, March 15

Kirsten Cohen

5) The Griswolds — Dirty Dog, March 15
4) Cody Beebe and the Crooks — Handlebar, March 14
3) Ark Life, Wire Faces, You Me & Apollo — The 512, March 14
2) Shaky Graves with Esme Patterson — The 512, March 14
1) White Denim — Clive’s, March 15

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  • kev

    I’m a huge fan of St. Vincent. She’s an amazing songwriter and performer. But watching the live feed of SXSW, it was pretty obvious there was a throat cold or some other thing going on that kept her from hitting her high notes consistently. It was especially acute during “Prince Johnny,” when her voice was MIA for almost all of the chorus parts. So no, the “usual vocal strength” wasn’t there.

  • Liz Mango

    can someone please tell me who the girl with the pink hair is? the one in the first few photos of the slideshow in this article. I saw her at cheer up charlies but didnt have a chance to kind out who she was and it’s killing me!