Last week in Austin it was Graham Van Pelt's other band that made my SXSW. Friday night at the Mercury Lounge, his Polaris Prize nominated Miracle Fortress made my...Friday. But that's saying a lot as this particular Friday was fantastic (for no particular reason). I have been waiting very patiently to see MF - ever since the old CMJ 07 border scandal. The wait was worth it though as my expectations of greatness were met. They were on the bill with opener Liam Finn (only caught the last song) and headliner The Most Serene Republic...who you already know I like.
The setlist was songs from the great Five Roses. I think "Maybe Lately" would be a song in my desert island top 10...its that good. They also played a new track though I didn't catch the title.