Still only on Day 2 of this ridiculous conflagration, last night forced even more torturous decision-making on festival-goers with a crazy-stacked series of shows. (The Strokes even had fireworks!) But the Village Voice Media party at Austin Music Hall, featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Yelawolf, WIld Flag, Trae the Truth, Times New Viking, and more, felt like the fusion core at the center of the Austin sun (though thank goodness the blazing sun had set!). The place was utterly slammed with people inside and ringed with lines of more waiting to get in.
Wu-Tang was of course the climax, but for us the surprise of the evening was watching Wild Flag -- featuring Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and three other lady vets from the Northwest punk scene -- own a 3,000-person auditorium the way it damn near incinerated a 246-person Bottom of the Hill late last year. Also, Yelawolf, who spat rhymes so fast he eventually had to take off his shirt to cool down.
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