Accidental Racist by Brad Paisley (feat. LL Cool J)
LL Cool J dispels that myth that just because you’re a minority you have something intelligent to say about racism. This song, as ridiculous as it seems, sadly captures the lack of depth in most people’s thinking about race in the present day. Then again, it’s probably really difficult to sing about systemic inequalities and White privilege - so let’s sing about do rags, gold chains, and red flags instead!
Savages savagely beat the audience at Easy Tiger into submission with their no bullshit, all out attack sound. On their website they describe music as intended “…to remind us that human beings haven’t evolved so much, that music can still be straight to the point, efficient and exciting.” If that’s their mission then all I gotta say is mission accomplished.
Savages seem to be the band that got the most critical acclaim at this year’s SXSW. Sadly, they didn’t reciprocate the love as lead singer Jehnny Beth said that this is their last time playing this “fucking terrible festival.” Looking forward to this group’s first full-length record, despite their lack of enthusiasm for beautiful Austin, TX.
Parquet Courts rocked Mellow Johnny’s Bike shop with their Wire-like rhythms and controlled chaos guitar solos. This is a brilliant young band whose debut record is one of the best albums of 2013 (so far). These guys were easily my SXSW highlight.