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SXSW snapshots: Juan In A Million, Perfect Pussy, Austin city limits

Our favourite Mexican breakfast joint, riotous punk rock and Austin’s new cityscape

Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves

Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 14:05

   

There’s only one Juan

It's Juan!

Of course, there’s more than one breakfast king in Austin and we’ll always have a spot in our (cholesterol-clogged) hearts for Juan In A Million. Located out in the heart of east Austin, Juan is the best Mexican greasy spoon diner in town. Go there duing the week and you can have a leisurely meal alongside the usual rag-tag of customers (a mayor here, a trucker there, a rapper over in the corner). At the weekends, the queues are long, the food is fast and the atmosphere is electric. The Huevos a la Mexicana is only your only man. Juan is usually at the door to take your money and send you on your way with a hearty slap on the back.

What’s in a name?

The name of the band is Perfect Pussy. Now, when you choose a name like that, you’d better be damn good. This lot sure are. From Syracuse, the five-strong band’s equation goes noise + punkrock + riot grrrl x hardcore attitude x superb frontwoman Meredith Graves, a woman who is one of the compelling performers you’ll come across in this town all week. The songs are short, feral, sharp, fierce, angry and full of vim. New album “Say Yes To Love” is going to make stars of them

Austin city limits

The city is changing. Every time you come back, something else has gone – this time, the La Zona Rosa venue was conspicuous by its absence from the proceedings. By the time SXSW 2015 rolls around, there will be two new mega-hotels downtown which means less space between the skyscrapers for the little joints which made the city unique in the first place. Of course, you can still find this eclecticism on the eastside, on the South Congress strip and round by Rainey Street (a new area for bars and clubs which will also face changes quite soon), but the heart really does appear to be ticking to a different, much more commercial and corporate beat around Sixth Street. This was also another South By where you hoped to hell that the bands you wanted to see were not playing on that dastardly canyon.

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