Cynthia Burnson


Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons

We played a fun set. Shane got up early to make a cool outfit that included a fake set of arms and two cabbage patch doll heads affixed to his shoulders. Some of our Austin friends came, as well as my longtime friend Paula. I ran around the crowd and leapt across blankets for "Set the Table," and accidentally knocked an entire cup of beer on a guy. I slightly regretted throwing myself on the ground for the end of the song, particularly since it was covered with cigarette butts and sawdust. I think a little got in my mouth. more

Mar 18, 2008 5:10 PM MUSIC


Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons

Bringing bikes was probably the smartest decision we've made lately. Parking in Austin is an absolute nightmare, traffic is bad, and no one wants to be the designated driver. more

Mar 16, 2008 7:13 PM MUSIC


Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons

There was a big Madison contingent in the audience, including an ex-pat proudly wearing his O'Cayz shirt for recognition. Smart guy. There were too many people to mention individually, but thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the Madison people who came out for the show. Madisonians made sure that there was no prevailing hipster too-cool-for-school attitude. Madisonians know how to have a good time. We ain't no snobs. more

Mar 14, 2008 8:16 PM MUSIC


Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons

Everyone in the crowd had big smiles on their faces and the band looked like they were doing what made them happiest. When I'm chatting with people in my normal life, I always have a moment where I open my mouth to say something dull about band life and close it again. At SXSW, people like to talk about touring and bands and great shows. And we all like watching fun bands more than just about anything else. Maybe it was the sunshine or the band or the Lone Star, but I felt a euphoric sense of camaraderie with everyone. more

Mar 13, 2008 7:18 PM MUSIC

6th Street is the main bar district here, and while it was nowhere near the volume of people that it will be later with week, it was already rocking pretty hard. It's a State Street-esque type stretch, but bigger and with a lot of live music instead of just college bars. There was plenty of shouting and public displays of affection. The cops were gathered around chatting about a Coen brothers movie, while a guy was yelling at another guy that he "has" to have his number, since didn't he see him on VH1? more

Mar 12, 2008 7:06 PM MUSIC

Christian and Shane are currently outside Tulsa in the van, hereby referred to by its proper name: Vanity 6. This van is brimming with all our equipment, bikes (to avoid the costs of cabs and time restrictions of the buses), Firecracker Studios art, sleeping bags, and clothing. My normal clothes don't take up much space, but I found it challenging to compress the various prom dresses and crinolines into my suitcase. more

Mar 11, 2008 7:06 PM MUSIC

Shane and our dear friend Grace have been going to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas for fun for a few years now. I went last year for the first time. My two favorite things about this year are: one, Steve and Christian are coming too; and two, I don't have to pay for a wristband. The way the wristband works is a bit complicated, and I might not have all the details down, but hey, I'm a blogger, not a journalist. more

Mar 5, 2008 6:30 PM MUSIC