Live Video: Allah-Las at SXSW 2013

Live Video, SXSW
03/26/2013
Jim Beckmann
photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

It's not easy for bands to pull of a daytime performance in bright sunlight. Most are used to dark clubs and nocturnal crowds, but the warm desert tones of LA's Allah-Las made for a perfect Austin afternoon on the first day of our broadcast this year from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop during SXSW. Though the band admitted to "feeling a little lackadaisical," it was all right, as there's really no better way to enjoy their relaxed, surf and psych rock vibes. The audience, though, was pumped and cheered loudly as the band performed seven songs from their self-titled 2012 debut plus "a newer one" called "I Had It All," that sounded as fresh today as it would have 40 years ago, had it been written then. There are a lot of newer groups out there mining older sounds, but Allah-Las are one of the few that thoroughly cash in on the wealth to be found. Check out their entire performance from our broadcast earlier this month and you'll find yourself all the richer for it:

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