Conspirator/Archnemesis, 10/8/10


The Parish
Austin, TX
October 8, 2010

It would be a gigantic stretch to make the proclamation that Austin City Limits Music Festival was lacking in any particular genre. There was music that was pleasing to most, if not all, palates. If there was one area that seemed to get the least attention, it would be that of the electronica/ jam-fusion variety. This is where a band like Conspirator earns their Wheaties and they did so squarely in the center of Austin’s famous 6th Street District in a small inconspicuous club called The Parish for a late night post-fest set that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Intensely kicking off the night was the electronic house/dance duo DJ outfit Archnemesis. Their spinning of bass laden and licks that also consisted of popular and well known hip-hop classics such as Missy Elliot’s "Get Your Freak On" in their own "It’s My Turn" served as the perfect appetizer for Conspirator and Archnemesis was not short on resounding approval as they departed the stage.

After a short set change, The Disco Biscuits’ off-shoot, Conspirator took the stage. Consisting of Biscuits, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, the trio is an almost sole devotion to all that is beautiful about improvisational music. There is no setlist per se, but rather what seems to be a general musical idea that layers and changes with the flow of both the audience’s mood and vibe. It may not be for everyone, but there was not a still ass in the club throughout the night and enough love amongst the crowd to make anyone feel right at home even if the genre in and of itself is not something that they are typically drawn towards. 

On its whole, the entire evening and early morning set served as a great nightcap to a beautiful day at Austin City Limits’ Zilker Park. 

Click the thumbnail to view David Shehi’s Shots from the show!