The Best Shows of SXSW 2013

This year, Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blogs at our sister papers Houston Press and Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness.

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Craig Hlavaty
John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concentrating on his good-time Americana rock 'n' roll instead of the volume addict in flannel that he is. On Saturday night, Fogerty and his band ran through nearly every CCR hit and even played his 1985 solo hit "Centerfield," complete with a guitar fashioned after a baseball bat. Or was it a baseball bat fashioned into a guitar?

Either way, I saw a cloud of smoke erupt during "Lookin' Out My Back Door," a sight that would make Jeff Lebowski smile that beardy smile. And, honestly, a show with True Believers (Alejandro Escovedo's lost '80s band), Junior Brown, and Bobby Bare Sr. as support was just a slice of all right. By the way, True Believers were delightfully loud, and their return to the stage is welcome. Craig Hlavaty

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