Thee Oh Sees @ Hotel Vegas
Photo: Andrew Parks
Rather than be bitter about missing Depeche Mode and Green Day, I spent most of my Friday at South by Southwest at two very different showcases. First up was the FADER Fort's over-the-top procession of headliners and special guests that included T.I., a mute Pharrell Williams, Future and a completely random yet oddly endearing collaboration between the Afghan Wigs and Usher (!). And on the other side of the spectrum was the decidedly DIY doings of Panache's official showcase, which featured everything from the eardrum-exploding awesomeness of Destruction Unit to the pit-pleasing guitar army anthems of Thee Oh Sees.