Best Of SXSW Friday: Cass McCombs, Turbo Fruits and Crawfish

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All photos by Nick Rallo
The award for Best Pissed Off Art Installation goes to this piece outside the Bank of America on 6th.
Around 3:30 yesterday, Cass McCombs played a strikingly perfect set at Gorilla vs. Bear's SXSW Day Party. It was only half way through the day, the place was sweltering, and there was a front row texter requesting songs to the McCombs's bass player. Cass wrapped up a jazzy, egg-shakey tune and whispered into the mic: "I hate this place."

We're assuming he meant the everlastingly humid Klub Krucial, and not SXSW. It was too good of a show. So, maybe Cass deserves a Slightly Cantankerous, But Awesome award from yesterday?

After the jump, find our picks for Best Of's from a totally busy, overwhelmingly exciting SXSW Friday, and the above installation art piece that was sandwiched on the corner of a Bank of America. What a day.
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All photos by Nick Rallo
Pujol at Peckerheads, MOKB's day party.
Best Raw Rock and Roll Guitar - Pujol
Rollicking riffs from this Nashville group at My Old Kentucky Blog's Day Party made a sticky, hot bar totally worth it.

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Cass McCombs
Best Band With Copious Egg Shaker - Cass McCombs
A subtle set from the Pitchfork-loved Californian, which was made less subtle by his quiet, little-bit pissed off "I hate this place" murmur. Nevertheless, it was an excellent set. Whole lot of egg-shaker goin on too.

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Outside the Bank of America on 6th
Best Angry Art Installation
Cornered at the intersection of Congress and 6th yesterday was a little bit of pissed-off political art (right next to a Bank of America branch). As you can see, a lot of work went into the piece, no joke.

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Don't jump!
Best Found Food Art
Walking down 5th street near Colorado, you could have missed it. But there it was! No explanations--merely a line of cooked, tasty looking crawfish arranged in marching ant fashion. Fascinating. 


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