Super power pop group Tinted Windows - consisting of a slew of musicians made famous in other bands - is about to drop their debut album on April 21st. Guess it is a good thing I waited to post my pictures from one of their SXSW 2009 performances. James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne), Taylor Hanson (Hanson), and Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) will welcome their album to the world with few shows in select cities. Dates on the band's myspace.
The Dead played three shows on Monday here in NYC. Dubbed the Taxi Tour, they first played an acoustic gig at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, then a full electric set at the Gramercy Theater followed by a night cap electric set at Roseland Ballroom. I shot the Gramercy show for Brooklynvegan.com.
In typical blog years, SXSW '09 was a lifetime ago. I only saw a handful of shows over the four days I was there, though Metallica @ Stubb's definitely made up for that. I saw a couple of my company's bands, including The Airborne Toxic Event at the Rachel Ray day party at Maggie Mae's. I really enjoyed the set, including the first time seeing them cover Lazzerus' "Goodbye Horses". You can hear a stream of a different live performance of that cover here.