Live @ SXSW: Antietam 3/12

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review by Janice Headley

The first band I’ve seen so far at SXSW was Antietam, and, man, it’s just gonna be all downhill from there… Okay, just kidding! But this veteran New York band rocked with such amazing energy and passion, it will be hard to beat.

The Village Voice has repeatedly declared founding member Tara Key as the “best guitarist in the world”, and um, while I have not seen every band in the world, of the ones I’ve seen, she is sure as heck up there. It is absolutely incredible watching her play, yet she somehow makes it all seem so effortless, as she rocks casually back and forth on her feet as she plays.

It was a seemingly short set (maybe time flies when you’re having fun?), but jam-packed with tracks from the band’s new 2-CD set, Opus Mixtum. At first I was confused as to why this trio had a fourth person on stage, but I later found out their producer Josh Clark is an auxiliary live band member.

If you missed them (and by the attendance Wednesday night, I bet you did), you should try to catch them Friday night at 10:00 pm at the Wave Rooftop (408 E 6th St), or Saturday afternoon at the Dog and Duck Pub (406 West 17th St., free, all ages) at 5:45 pm.

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