SXSW DAY ONE
12:20 PM. PASTE MAGAZINE PARTY AT GALAXY ROOM. Sneak in the door just in time to learn how to pronounce BASIA BULAT's first name, and to see her play a really great song on a granny harp -- which will be your new favorite instrument if you like to hammer on shit and strum on shit at the same time. I have no idea why there aren't more black metal bands with electric granny harps.
One of last year's more underrated albums was House With No Home from a Portland (Oregon) collective called Horse Feathers. They stopped by T. T.'s on a night when a million things were going on, and despite coming off a "rough night" (their words) in New York, and despite the Thermals show at the Middle East booming audibly in the background somewhere, they still delivered a quite pleasant set.
You may have noticed, had you checked our Editors' Picks section, that there are quite a few things going on this evening. After the jump, some visual aids for help in your decision-making process.