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- It was a quiet day for local bands as most Phoenix acts laid low -- with the exception of Kinch, who played a Speed Set at the convention center. It was so speedy that it was over before I could get down to see it. Reports were good, however.
- Ted Leo -- with no help from The Pharmacists -- was pretty impressive at Swan Dive. Still, watching a solo show where a guys plays punk songs on an electric guitar is a little weird.
- I caught about half of Smith Westerns set at Stubb's. They're pretty polished considering how green they are -- singer Cullen Omori even had a theatrical little Triple H style water spit thing -- but far from likable. They came across as being pretty pompous. NPR was filming the whole thing -- they had about a dozen staffers on hand in cutesy little t-shirts, most of whom seemed to be free to play Angry Birds on their laptops with the help of our tax dollars and tax laws-- so feel free to check it out yourself and disagree. Seriously, though, it was cool of NPR to shoot the show -- and it helps keep those guys busy so they won't "break" any like the death of Gabby Giffords.
- Lone Star Beer is not great. Pearl is a little better. Luve Oak Brewing does not have a brewpub -- which I discovered after a looooooong walk.