Rick Trevino — The mainstream country artist was turned on to traditional Mexican music by his participation in the Latin supergroup Los Super Seven. Now he's singing in Spanish full-time (albeit phonetically) and doing it well. Take that, Christina Aguilera! Trevino's album Mi Son will be released May 8 on Vanguard. (DD)
Los Super Seven — But of course. The Latino all-star collective was basically formed via special jams at a local restaurant, so any performance by the Seven in Austin is a homecoming. It also helps that its new album is another landmark creative achievement, which made its Thursday night showcase a delight, from Mavericks leader Raul Malo's bring-down-the-house rendering of "Siboney" to booty-shaking guest appearances by members of Ozomatli, who dashed over from their own showcase to join in the fun. (GG)
TOP 10 BAND NAMES
10: Japancakes 9: The New Pornographers 8: Speaker Bite Me 7: The Cruel and Unusual 6: From Bubblegum to Sky 5: Tie: I Am Spoonbender I Am the World Trade Center Je Suis France 4: Swearing at Motorists 3: The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash 2: Genitallica And the number one band name at this year's SXSW … 1: DJ Muppetfucker
SPOTTED IN THE THRONG
Ray Davies followed his keynote speech by hanging out and hopping onstage with The New Pornographers for a version of the Kinks' "Starstruck."
Isaac and Taylor Hanson were seen smoking stogies at the Lost Highway Records showcase and signing autographs for female fans at the Four Seasons hotel bar. The duo — especially Taylor — was also rocking out to Creeper Lagoon and The Cult at the Revolver party at Stubb's.
Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx was hanging out at a variety of venues to scout acts for his Americoma Records label.
A woman named Pennie Lane, claiming to be the real-life version of the Penny Lane character from the movie Almost Famous, handed out business cards with a picture of a U.S. penny on them outside of a panel discussion titled after the film.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, revered Austin singer-songwriter, checked out some shows and had dinner around town but didn't do any playing himself.
Dixie Chicks Emily Robison and her sister, Marti Seidel, during Robison's husband, Charlie's concert at Waterloo Park.
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and Sharon, chatting up aspiring headbangers during mom's interview session at the Austin Convention Center.
Legendary Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton jammed on five songs from the Iggy days as a special guest of J Mascis.
"I wanted it to sound like Leadbelly or Big Bill Broonzy, but I was a white kid from North London." — Ray Davies, on writing the song "You Really Got Me," during his SXSW keynote speech
"I want more people to tap their feet rather than tap a computer." — Ray Davies
"Shawn leaned over and said, 'You know, that really sucked. You want to do it again?' I didn't know quite how to take it." — Lyle Lovett, on doing another take of his song "The Road to Ensenada" with Shawn Colvin on the set of Austin City Limits
"It's OK, really. It's OK again. Nobody's watching, honest. You're all free to rock again. The confirmation has come down from above. This is the principal reason why we're here." — The Cult's Ian Astbury, during his group's Saturday night performance at Stubb's
"Sex/ Is my best friend/ But without condoms/ I ain't going in." — Ike Turner, performing his song "Sex" at Antone's