SXSW: Ben Kweller at the Austin Convention Center

Ben Kweller, far right, and his band perform at the Austin Convention Center.

Full disclosure: I really like Ben Kweller. I started listening to him when I was in high school and he released “Sha Sha.” Recently, I’ve caught him several times in Omaha and met him a bunch of times. He even signed a poster for me (“Rawk! – Ben K.” it reads) at Maha a few years ago, which I have framed and hung on my wall along with a ton of other gig posters.

Now that my geekery is done with, I should tell you about his set.

I was excited to hear  that Kweller would be playing at SXSW especially because he has a new album, “Go Fly a Kite,” that just came out. During his short set at the Austin Convention Center, he played five songs from the new record: “Mean to Me,” “Gossip,” “Out the Door,” “Full Circle” and “Jealous Girl.”

The new tunes are a lot like his older stuff: soul rock by a veteran rocker  that makes you want to bob your head and dance around.

The cardigan-wearing, wild-haired singer/guitarist also performed a few other tunes, and some of my favorites: “Falling,” “The Rules” and closing song “Penny On the Train Track.”

I’m looking forward to when he goes on tour this year.



Powered by Facebook Comments

This entry was posted in SXSW. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.