Eleanor Friedberger has an unmistakable Patti Smith thing going on, and it’s not just the haircut.
Friedberger, of the Fiery Furnaces (now on hiatus), is keeping things going as a solo artist, carving out a niche for fans of 70s singer-songwriters and millennial beach rock.
It’s good stuff. Her lyrics seem intensely personal but relatable, and Icewater, the Brooklyn band backing her up, have no trouble setting into a groove.
The stage at the Urban Outfitters backlot on Guadalupe is some sort of concert going dream. Not too busy, surrounded by food trucks, a michelada station, and a coffee truck. Not to mention shade.
Though, maybe it’s just SXSW fatigue or complaints about the mix in their monitors, but Friedberger and her band hardly cracked so much as a wry smile their entire set.
Too bad, because Friedberger, who went to UT, and recently posted a video from footage of her own experience at SXSW 1996, has a connection here that not many artists have.
Aside from the lack of cheer, it was a good set, with both new material from her spanking new release "New View," and great songs from her 2011 record, including "Roosevelt Island," with its enviable lyrics about a day trip, in the both senses of the word, ("Woke up next to that guy we used to hate.")