SXSW: The Strokes Sellout with Twin Shadow and St. Paddy's Day Air Guitar Contest
Didn't think it was possible to sellout a free show? Here's how to do it: Invite The Strokes to play after five long years on hiatus, make the weather a perfectly warm for a spring afternoon and, oh yeah, schedule it on the one day of the year that everyone takes off work to drink all day.
The Strokes (and the hype surrounding their return to recording and touring) managed to cram what felt like half the city of Austin and their brother onto the premises
at the biggest of all SXSW venues on Thursday night. The dangerously large crowd numbers led authorities to close down the public strip of riverbank around the Auditorium Shores stage to any additional revelers after about 7:45 p.m. (The Strokes started a little after 8 p.m.). But the well-buzzed lucky ones already kickin' it on the lawn got to soak up a powerhouse set of straight ahead rock and roll by (still) one of the tightest, most beloved live bands around.