Put on your Friday meditative hats; music criticism could be headed in a Zen direction. Ben Sisario, writing for the ArtsBeat blog at the New York Times, gives us twenty words on five performances last night at the sweatily kinetic (I’m-ready-for-my-blog-close-up) music festival South by Southwest, which is progressing in downtown Austin this week:

Matt and Kim: They swear too much.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (at Malverde): Childlike bounce brings smile.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (at Opal Divine’s Freehouse): Too loud; intimacy lost.

Telepathe: Tribal futurism? Futuristic tribalism?

The Soft Pack: Prefer former name, Muslims.

Four words apiece? At least Matt and Kim get a full sentence. More entries here, here and here. Get inspired; go four.

Jane Kim is a writer in New York.