In addition to the 45 or so Bay Area acts in Austin last week, there was another 1,650 or so bands that occasionally one might want to see. Screw Stone Temple Pilots, Courtney Love‘s icky Hole, or even Wu-Tang’s GZA; the true champ among them was Smokey Robinson — the Smokey Robinson — opening up for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, a band whose name you should know by now. Many in the crowd hadn’t, and Sharon knocked their socks off.
- David Downs
- Smokey Robinson