Austin's Strange Boys headlined the final Burger Boogaloo fiesta at Thee Parkside on Sunday. Singer Ryan Sambol seems never content to play any song the same way twice. There was a fantastic, slowed-down, twisted version of "Be Brave". They also played a song written during Sambol's recent months living in SF. The song was written about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and what must have been a powerful set from the often boring Gillian Welch. Sambol had only performed the song solo a few times under the moniker Asabov Sobelo. For the last song, they called up Brigid Dawson (of Thee Oh Sees) to sing harmonies. Ryan offered keyboard choices to the audience before settling on strings. Brigid could barely contain her laughter...

Puerto Rico's Los Vigilantes kicked ass. As much as I recently enjoyed Mexico's Los Headaches, I had hoped for more songs en Espanol. Los Vigilantes delivered on this front with a similar Black Lips drive that would have had the whole place slammin' if everyone weren't so fucking tired. It was Sunday night after all. For many hard core Boogaloosters, this was the 7th show in 5 days. 33 bands did the Boogaloo! Then there were the super tasty DJs filling in the gaps. Buckets of beer, PBR/shot specials, tater tots... More than a few guests (myself included) had only been home from SXSW for 60 hours or so when the Boogaloo began! There was a sense of accomplishment, and nausea.

Although I consider myself a standing member of the Greg Ashley fan club, today I will rip up my membership card. Despite many shows around town for 2 plus years, I failed to see Sir Lord Von Raven until now. Ashley provides a full throttle guitar assault to Sir Lord and for brief moments Exile on Main Street is now.


Junk Species
claimed this to be their debut peformance. If so, they deserve extra credit for their cover from the 1982 masterwurk Here are the Chesterfield Kings. Okay so "Outside Chance" was actually written by Warren Zevon for the Turtles, but even so every Burger band should be required to cover a song from that record. After all, before King Tuff and King Lollipop there were the Chesterfield Kings. Hey Burger! How about a tribute show this summer? Maybe at the Stork Club?

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