Jack White at SXSW: Rocks Third Man Records Show, Inspires Bill Murray
The Third Man Records SXSW show, in brief: Jack White was awesome and Bill Murray was there. So that was kind of fun.
Before we get into that, here's a rundown of all the other amazingness that took place at The Stage. After Aussie singer Lanie Lane performed outside, John C. Reilly and his band took the main stage to play a set of old-school country tracks. To get the crowd hyped up, he started it off with a knock-knock joke:
"Smell mop who?"
"That's it. I just got you to say smell my pooh."
As John told me later in the night, when I awkwardly said hello to him outside, he learned that joke from his kids. As a country musician, though, he's legit. He has an old-school sound and knows how to work a room, joking that he didn't need to have his monitor vocals up so loud despite his actor's ego, then playing to the fans who were lined up outside. My only complaint would be that he was too quiet, allowing for a lot of the sound to be drowned out by everyone talking. Yep, people at SXSW really don't shut up during bands, even for someone as amazing as John.
Outside, Black Belles and friend of the site Pujol performed back to back. Black Belles, who did an interview with us that we'll post soon, had just flown into town and got right into the swing of things, kicking out a captivating set of their gothy garage rock. Pujol, whose frontman Daniel Pujol may start writing for us (fingers crossed), turned in a fiery performance, playing tracks off their excellent EP 'Nasty, Brutish and Short,' as well as new songs from their upcoming debut full-length, 'United States of