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Re: Gigs you've been to and your thoughts.
« Reply #100 on: 13 Jan 2008, 17:04 »

I saw Andrew Bird on Saturday night. I CANNOT get over how freaking awesome it was! It's a shame, but I generally find myself being disappointed by live shows - I guess my standards are too high or something, or maybe since my town is fairly isolated a lot of musicians end up bone tired by the time they get here. I always feel bad about this; the bands have put in a huge amount of effort to play for us and the tickets aren't free either...(does anyone else experience this kind of unidentified disappointment after a gig?)

Anyway, Bird just totally blew me away. I think it was pretty much the best concert I've ever attended. His voice is amazing, and his skill with the violin is even moreso; and for those who've heard his records but not seen him live, he can whistle that well live!
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« Reply #101 on: 13 Jan 2008, 17:26 »

Man, I would love to see Sonic Youth with Liars. That sounds like an awesome show.
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« Reply #102 on: 13 Jan 2008, 18:04 »

First big gig I ever went to was David Bowie w/Something for Kate at Rod Laver Area in Melbourne when I was 16 (2004). I love that man to death. He is an amazing entertainer, and even though I didnt know many songs, I still loved it with every ounce of my being.. I didnt like SfK that much at the time because I heard one of their songs skip for an hour at Luna Park, and it drove me bonkers.

Last year I saw Anberlin and Copeland w/Angelas Dish at Corner Hotel in Richmond. First time I'd actually seen Anberlinin a gig setting, instead of the 2 acousitc shows I'd seen Anberlin do. They were amazing, and it was awesome to have the guys remember me from the acoustic shows. I shouldnt have turned down the invitation to go to the casino with them though :P Copeland were beautiful, and Angelas Dish were pretty cool as well. I know them well, since they're local-ish, and they play a lot of gigs in Melbourne.

I also saw Architecture in Helsinki twice in a month. 30th November w/Bridezilla at Billboard and NYE at the Espy, where I spent most of the night in the bandrooms with them and the other bands. Both amazing shows, but I was right in front of the stage at Billboard, and they signed things for me. Coolest thing? a couple of days before NYE, Cameron and I think it was Jamie, made an appearance at a club I was at seeing another band that had supported them before, Soft Tigers. Best thing ever.

I also go to see a lot of bands locally too.
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Re: Gigs you've been to and your thoughts.
« Reply #103 on: 14 Jan 2008, 05:04 »

I just got home from Sufjan Stevens and it was freakin' great. The night was almost ruined but when he encored with "Chicago". Luckily he had enough class to not close on his most recognisable song and came back for a few more. My only other gripe was that he played a song supposedly just because a fan asked for it when he saw him in a well known park earlier that day. Sufjan said he never plays that song and had to parctice it just before the show. The main problem was that it was accompanied by a well edited video back drop matching the theme of the song perfectly and he was also accompanied by 5 or so band members who performed a little to well. Maybe i'm wrong? Maybe he is just that awesome and can throw it all together in a few hours? either way, it was a little sus and seemed like an opportunity to name-drop locations.

Looking forward to Arcade Fire supported by Spoon next week. I didn't expect such an impressive support when i got the tickets but it was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunate to all those who got in early for the first night. No spoon for you guys.
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« Reply #104 on: 14 Jan 2008, 06:35 »

It's been a while but I thought I would share it anyhow.
Torche, Akimbo and the Full Nelson. The Full Nelson played first, being the local danish band playing a hybrid of massive trucker rock'n'roll and trash. Really cool set, but they kinda lack a singer though. The drummer was wearing, in jest, a Immortal tank top! Akimbo was amazing as always. They tour so much I have seen them thrice in a year, and that's big for little Denmark. Their drummer was especially cool, since they played the track "I'm A Fucking Ice Giant" off of Elephantine, but he prolonged the already fantastic drum solo and yelped along on the lyrics too. Other than that they got really cool guitar lines and even a couple of days after you can catch yourself humming them. Torche was heavy as fuck. Someone may have heard of Floor, Ryan Pattersons outfit, but this elaborates further on what Floor was trying to do and still has their own style.. Great lineup overall.

Looking forward to Kylesa/Baroness here in a couple of weeks!!
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« Reply #105 on: 14 Jan 2008, 17:49 »

Rage Against the Machine/Bjork at Big Day Out in 2 weeks! http://www.bigdayout.com/lineup/artists.php/lineup/artists.php

Cant wait.
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« Reply #106 on: 16 Jan 2008, 01:21 »

i saw andrew bird last week in brisbane, and he was incredible.
it was a really fun rocked up concert, not at all like his cds that make me want to sit and do nothing, but was still as awesome as his cds.
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« Reply #107 on: 20 Jan 2008, 15:14 »

My college hosts quite a lot of concerts. Boris played in a room with a 150 person capacity and Mount Eerie played in a tiny one room building. Most of the shows are in a converted garage, however. I forget the name of the last band that I saw there but I do remember that at one point one of the members flipped over a congo drum, stuck a cello neck down into the cavity of the drum, and proceeded to play the cello with a conch shell and a small pair of deer antlers. I still don't know what I thought about that.
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« Reply #108 on: 20 Jan 2008, 18:23 »

I saw Andrew Bird on Saturday night. I CANNOT get over how freaking awesome it was! It's a shame, but I generally find myself being disappointed by live shows - I guess my standards are too high or something, or maybe since my town is fairly isolated a lot of musicians end up bone tired by the time they get here. I always feel bad about this; the bands have put in a huge amount of effort to play for us and the tickets aren't free either...(does anyone else experience this kind of unidentified disappointment after a gig?)

Anyway, Bird just totally blew me away. I think it was pretty much the best concert I've ever attended. His voice is amazing, and his skill with the violin is even moreso; and for those who've heard his records but not seen him live, he can whistle that well live!

Andrew Bird is amazing live. His whistling is even better than on the records I think, mainly because it's louder and more piercing, it really hits you. I missed out on seeing him on the 11th (Friday night) because I was out of town. I saw him last year when he opened for Joanna Newsom and for me, he stole the show.  I hadn't heard of him before that, but was an instant convert. Apparently he's not a particularly pleasant fellow, though. Yeah, I'm gonna take that back because I'm not really qualified to say anything.
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Re: Gigs you've been to and your thoughts.
« Reply #109 on: 20 Jan 2008, 18:37 »

I saw Caribou on Saturday night, and it was one of the dullest gigs I've been to.

I went to the gig largely on spec, because the only Caribou/Manitoba album I have is Andorra, but I like that well enough, and the gig was just up the road, so I thought "Why the hell not". Well. The songs they played from Andorra translated pretty well to the stage (it was Dan Snaith and three other people up there), but all the other songs were incredibly boring and repetitive. Obviously I don't know if that's representative of the recorded versions or not, but I'm not in a hurry now to go and find out. Worst of all, though, there was almost zero interaction with the audience. Literally. No eye-contact, and nothing at all said between songs besides "thankyou" at the applause.

I should say that there were certainly people at the gig who seemed to be really getting into it, and the band did get enough of a cheer to come and play an encore, but even that seemed touch-and-go: besides the people going off in front of the stage, all the rest of the applause at the end of the gig seemed pretty lukewarm. They had to flash the lights behind the stage to try and gee up the audience! Seriously!

D- would not see again.
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Re: Gigs you've been to and your thoughts.
« Reply #110 on: 21 Jan 2008, 04:10 »

I saw Caribou this week past as well, and thought it was good, but not great. Perhaps because I've seen Snaith perform twice before and those two shows were both better in terms of sound, performance energy and visuals, but yeah. Also it was about 55 degrees C inside that venue, aargh.


Andrew Bird is amazing live. [...] Apparently he's not a particularly pleasant fellow, though.
That's kind of a pity. He seemed like such a great guy from the show (and on his records), I almost felt like he was my friend by the end of the evening.

Sonic Youth was the first band I saw live (Liars supporting too, sweet gig). They are awesome.
I'm seeing SY perform Daydream Nation next month in a big leafy park  :-D :-D :-D
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« Reply #111 on: 21 Jan 2008, 08:13 »

Sonic Youth was the first band I saw live (Liars supporting too, sweet gig). They are awesome.
I'm seeing SY perform Daydream Nation next month in a big leafy park  :-D :-D :-D
Ha!, so am I. Though probably not in a big leafy park. I actually don't know the venue at all.
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« Reply #112 on: 21 Jan 2008, 09:32 »

The best show I was at in a long a time was The Fat Alberts. Mosh pit, teeeeny tiny little room, and a guy in a toga. The whole shebang.
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« Reply #113 on: 21 Jan 2008, 14:40 »

Ha!, so am I. Though probably not in a big leafy park. I actually don't know the venue at all.

I see you are from Perth! They're playing in "Beck's Music Box" on the Esplanade which I initially had confused with the Supreme Court Gardens where they also occasionally host gigs. The Esplanade is not quite so leafy, alas.

S'gonna be a fuckin' awesome venue for Explosions in the Sky though :-)
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« Reply #114 on: 21 Jan 2008, 14:52 »

I'm seeing EitS in a few weeks myself! Can't wait. The other night I saw The National and they were great. Really good performers who put on an intense show. Abel and Mr November were the highlights, they went absolutely nuts. At the end they were handing out bottles of wine and just came across as really nice guys. Unfortunately my friend was feeling really sick and I had to get him out of there pretty early, so I missed most of the encore. Great show though.

Next Monday is Big Day Out, so I'll have a massive wrap after that, and on the Wednesday I'm seeing Spoon.
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« Reply #115 on: 21 Jan 2008, 22:51 »

S'gonna be a fuckin' awesome venue for Explosions in the Sky though :-)

Well grass is kinda leafy. I suppose EitS will be thoroughly sold out by now because that is pretty much the perfect venue for it. Why did I have to be broke when all the tickets came out?
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« Reply #116 on: 21 Jan 2008, 23:19 »

My only other gripe was that he played a song supposedly just because a fan asked for it when he saw him in a well known park earlier that day. Sufjan said he never plays that song and had to parctice it just before the show. The main problem was that it was accompanied by a well edited video back drop matching the theme of the song perfectly and he was also accompanied by 5 or so band members who performed a little to well. Maybe i'm wrong? Maybe he is just that awesome and can throw it all together in a few hours? either way, it was a little sus and seemed like an opportunity to name-drop locations.

The videos and songs were different each night, I think. I asked my friends, who went to the show the night after I went, and the order was different and the accompanying videos changed too. For example, I got stars in Seven Swans. Swan shaped stars. But my friend says he got stars in the UFO song. Kinda weird.
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« Reply #117 on: 22 Jan 2008, 02:32 »

Well grass is kinda leafy. I suppose EitS will be thoroughly sold out by now because that is pretty much the perfect venue for it. Why did I have to be broke when all the tickets came out?

According to the Perth Festival website tickets are still available. Might be worth having a look?
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« Reply #118 on: 22 Jan 2008, 02:48 »

I noticed a few people mentioned Wolves In The Throne Room - I heard that at some point of that tour, they smelled so bad their audience ran away.

They're touring Europe now, so I suppose I'll see them pretty soon. I'm curious!

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« Reply #119 on: 22 Jan 2008, 04:19 »

Hey you're right. I didn't notice the whole subtle link to bocs/no link to bocs on the pages for not sold out/sold out shows. Awesome.
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« Reply #120 on: 25 Jan 2008, 09:34 »

Well I saw Against Me! last night.  That was fucking amazing.  It is nice to know that they haven't lost touch in their musicianship too.

A local band, Smoke Up Johnny, opened the show.  They were alright.  Then this guy named Cory Branan came out with his acoustic.  Fucking spectacular.

Against Me! even managed to play a lot of their older songs.
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« Reply #121 on: 27 Jan 2008, 02:48 »

I saw Joanna Newsom with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra two nights ago. It was the best concert I have ever been to and probably will ever be to. Seriously, words can not describe how amazing it was.
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« Reply #122 on: 01 Feb 2008, 16:09 »

i went to a hardcore weekender thing last weekend in my town.

the saturday night was pretty forgettable, unfortunately i missed saturday day due to having to work.
the sunday though was really good. a local band galled Bloody Gain opened things up and set the tone for the whole day really. Other bands that stood out were Abandon Ship, as it was their second to last show, and their last show outside their hometown,  and Shipwreck, who were the best band of the weekend (they're from Boston, MA and a hardcore band, so they were about as thuggish as expected). Blacklisted finished things of with a pretty solid set aswell.

i'm seeing municipal waste this sunday with toxic holocaust. the 'waste are always great live, and toxic holocaust will be interesting as it's a one-man operation, not sure if he's bringing over a "live" band or what.
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« Reply #123 on: 01 Feb 2008, 17:11 »

Against Me! even managed to play a lot of their older songs.

I'd cross my fingers and hope they do the same on Warped this summer, but that's still 6 months away and my fingers have other things to do.
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« Reply #124 on: 01 Feb 2008, 17:57 »

Against Me! even managed to play a lot of their older songs.

I'd cross my fingers and hope they do the same on Warped this summer, but that's still 6 months away and my fingers have other things to do.

From what I see the lineup isn't that great for Warped this year.
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« Reply #125 on: 01 Feb 2008, 18:00 »

Not so far, but I think $20 just for Against Me! and the Street Dogs is a pretty fair price. I got my money's worth (and free shoes) out of 07 and 06.
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« Reply #126 on: 01 Feb 2008, 18:13 »

Are there any other good bands going to be there?  I skimmed over the punknews list, but it was pretty unimpressive.
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« Reply #127 on: 01 Feb 2008, 18:15 »

Other bands that stood out were Abandon Ship, as it was their second to last show, and their last show outside their hometown,  and Shipwreck, who were the best band of the weekend (they're from Boston, MA and a hardcore band, so they were about as thuggish as expected). Blacklisted finished things of with a pretty solid set aswell.

Bugger, I'd always fancied seeing Abandon Ship and I guess I won't get to now.

Tonight I saw Pixel Pixel Pixel, Red Stars Parade, Gentleman's Pistols, Bilge Pump and DJ Scotch Egg. I thought Pixel Pixel Pixel might be fun, a nice bit of video game music to start things off. He comes out in a rabbit suit and proceeds to load up Street Fighter II on his laptop. And plays it. I thought he'd go into actually playing some music but no, he just keeps playing Street Fighter II. Toss. Thankfully Red Stars Parade were on afterwards and were as good as they always are with their Will Haven reminiscent riffing. The only pity was that there weren't enough people there. It got packed out for Gentleman's Pistols though, who I thought were decent enough in a cabaret sort of way. I admire their studious recreation of 70s rock but I wouldn't ever want to sit down and listen to it, and I did pop outside for a fag while they were playing so I wasn't exactly gripped. It is pretty funny to see a guy who used to be in Voorhees playing in a band like that though. Then there was Bilge Pump, who are so effortlessly better than most bands it makes you feel bad about being a musician. I'm just glad I'm not a drummer, I don't think I'd ever feel comfortable hitting things with sticks if there was a possibility Neil Turpin might hear me doing it. I'd just be embarrassed. DJ Scotch Egg was just as much fun as he usually is, with lots of daft sounds, crowd surfing and yelling unintelligibly into the mic. His insistence on it being an 80s disco party was particularly entertaining.

Tomorrow, Spy Versus Spy. Excellent.
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« Reply #128 on: 01 Feb 2008, 18:19 »

Are there any other good bands going to be there?  I skimmed over the punknews list, but it was pretty unimpressive.

The Briggs, I guess. There's a ton more yet to be added, though.
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« Reply #129 on: 01 Feb 2008, 22:45 »

More than I can count, but these are the ones that stand out:

The Decemberists W/ My Brightest Diamond - I was invited to go up with a group of friends at the last moment, and it was well worth it. The show was great; The Decemberists are by no means my favorite band, but the mood was energetic and they put on a good performance. But I almost enjoyed My Brightest Diamond more. I had never heard of them before, and was extremely surprised in a pleasant way. I very much dug their noise-rock sound. For their last song they played a cover of 'Kashmir,' which sounded absolutely amazing with female vocals.

Gogol Bordello - Quite possibly the best show I've ever been to. 2 1/2 hours of pure, unadulterated energy, dancing, Grade-A music. Near the end of the gig, Eugene went backstage and got an old Bass drum, which he then stood and crowdsurfed around on while singing. The strange Asian midget hype man was kind of unnecessary, but he was easy to ignore. There's simply no words to put to the raw, kinetic sense of life that pulsed in every beat of every song. There wasn't one still body in the entire theater.

The Hold Steady W / The Heartless Bastards - I've always been a fan of The Hold Steady, if not a rabid one. The venue for this was perfect: a small, crowded, claustrophobic side-entrance of an old abandoned theater. Sweat and beer were everywhere. It was nothing profound or life-changing, but it was fun and intense in a paradoxically laid-back way. The opening act, The Heartless Bastards, were another pleasant surprise a la My Brightest Diamond, though the two bands sound nothing Alike. The Bastards are grungy, heavy folkish-rock with a female singer who has just the right amount of gravel in her voice to be compelling.

Dream Theater - Say what you will, but Dream Theater know how to play. A 4 hour, nonstop sonic onslaught of some of the most complex time signatures and rhythms you'll ever hear, topped with mind-bindingly technical solos, followed by a 45-minute medley encore. It was just great to watch and hear them in person. The best part of the show was their improv piece, which they made up off the top of their head on-stage and went on for around 10 minutes. Amazing.

Bruce Springsteen - I hate "Born In The USA," and most of Bruce's 80's work for that matter. But his first 4 albums are classics, as are his recent ones, from the late 90's onward. Luckily for me, he did mostly work from those two periods, including "Rosalita," "Born to Run" "Jungleland" "Blinded By the Light" and others. Dumb as it may sound, this was the happiest time I've had at a show. I think Jon Stewart summed up the experience of a Springsteen concert best: "Do you like joy? Bliss? Go see Bruce Springsteen."

Bob Dylan - I love Dylan, always have, always will. Sadly, this was a little underwhelming. His voice (as should be expected) is no longer what it was, and he spent the whole concert hunched over a piano..not sitting, not standing, but kind of crouched there, barely moving. He said nothing in between the songs, in fact said nothing the entire night except at the end a curt "Thanks. 'night." It was still great to hear his stuff life, though.

The Stooges - Saw them at Lollapalooza in Chicago last summer during their reunion. Absolutely mind-blowing. Iggy urged the crowd to come up on stage. So, of course, everyone who could did. Wisely, they played all their older stuff, and not much off of their new (pretty shitty) album. "Raw Power" indeed.

Rage Against The Machine - Can you say "Mass Hysteria"? This was the day after an absolute deluge at an outdoor venue, with the stage at the bottom of a large, steep hill that was nothing but purely liquid mud. Throughout the entire night, dozens of people came sliding involuntarily down the hill, falling into the pit between the end of the stage and the crowd area. I can't imagine what it must have been like for the security officers; with the band behind them and a seething mass of, well, raging fans ahead of them, both of them possessed of an utter contempt, hatred even, for authority, even if it was just for that moment. This was easily the hardest moshing I've ever seen.
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« Reply #130 on: 02 Feb 2008, 09:42 »

Yeah, My Brightest Diamond are pretty rad. Haven't seen them yet, though.
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« Reply #131 on: 02 Feb 2008, 18:02 »

I saw Spoon the other night. I enjoyed my self. I'm seeing Explosions in the sky in a couple of weeks- quite looking forward to it.
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« Reply #132 on: 02 Feb 2008, 19:47 »

I went to see Nightwish on friday night. It was actually a lot better than I thought it would be and much more crowded than I thought, though the crowd was more or less what I expected (a bunch of conventional pre-teen goths and emos) but there were a lot more morbidly obese bikers than I expected. The crowd was actually pretty good except for one drunk guy standing behind me who kept threatening to kill the band members if they didn't play his favourite songs but the bikers shut him up eventually.

The opening band was this awful power metal act called Lord. They used to be called Dungeon but they changed their name because of some line up changes. Unfortunately they were really terrible and I had to sit through a 40 minute set of "whoa whoas" and "meedly meees" that basically sounded like every other power metal band in the world. I could have walked away but I had a really good spot right at the front so it wasn't worth it.

Once Nightwish got on stage (after a further half hour of waiting between bands) the night improved significantly. They had a huge amount of energy and were obviously enjoying themselves. The new singer did a pretty great job of working up the crowd amd generally being a good frontwoman. All in all it was a really enjoyable performance and they played very well. They even did a fair amount of their older stuff which was interesting as the new singer is not particularly operatic but all in all I had a good time.
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« Reply #133 on: 02 Feb 2008, 19:53 »

Anette Olzon, is pretty hot, it is on that reason that I'll give them a listen even if it's only their first album with her.
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« Reply #134 on: 02 Feb 2008, 20:39 »

I saw Beethoven's 5th piano concerto and 5th symphony tonight! It was rather enjoyable. The 5th symphony was extra excellent, since the conductor made a point of playing the 5th in it's original super fast tempo. Basically, it was asldkfjsadlk;jflasd.
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« Reply #135 on: 14 Feb 2008, 23:34 »

I've seen Thrice a few times, the first time they ripped through 9 songs in half an hour, and the second time on their first headlineing tour, with a really good band called Vedera. Also CSS and Ladytron. CSS puts on a fun show.
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« Reply #136 on: 15 Feb 2008, 04:05 »

Iron Maiden was basically the best show ever.
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« Reply #137 on: 15 Feb 2008, 04:08 »

I saw Baroness this wednesday night..

Fuck, did it rule...
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« Reply #138 on: 15 Feb 2008, 04:23 »

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« Reply #139 on: 15 Feb 2008, 05:00 »

O.A.R.:  Caught them in summer 2006, I believe, and it was one of the best nights of my life.  They're a hometown band who made it big, so when they come home they always play a great show.  However, they sold out big time with their latest album, so now their hometown shows are just like the others, in that they're playing what their manager wants them to to sell records, as opposed to what the crowd wants to hear.  I realize this sounds a bit odd, as record sales are pretty much the point of going on tour, but especially when your new music isn't very good, one would think that a band would play what the crowd wanted to hear.

VIRGIN FESTIVAL 2006

THE WHO: Fucking incredible.  People were just going nuts towards the stage, everybody in the audience was a fan, and there was just so much energy flowing from the stage to the audience that I could feel it from the back.  I was actually working a Red Bull stand by the DJ tent, and I still left like five times to go watch more of the Who (Pretty much I did this all day to go watch other people, and this is how I found out about Kasabian and Wolfmother, and saw a little Gnarls Barkley, but it wasn't very good).  For a buncha old guys whom one might think would have lost a step live (and probably have, for all I know) I'd still say it was a rpetty kickass show.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: I didn't see as much of these guys as I would have liked; I'll be honest, the majority of the show that I caught was after the DJ tent closed me and the people working at the stand closed it all up and stood on top of our stand so we could see the stage.  I left the stand once to go see them, but I couldn't stay for too long.  But, from the little I saw, it was enough.  These guys fucking slayed.  At this point, pretty much everybody left there was either too drunk to care about what they were listening to or so drunk they could barely stand, but everybody was still going pretty wild in the crowd.
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« Reply #140 on: 17 Feb 2008, 13:18 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGXZskKVstw

Fuck.... Municipal Waste is probably the greatest live band ever.

I saw them last night, and I have never tried a crazier moshpit in a smaller venue :D
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« Reply #141 on: 17 Feb 2008, 22:21 »

I saw Liars with No Age last night at this small club here in Austin called the Mohawk.  No Age seemed pretty cool and I can see why they're paired up with Liars, but I was trying to get beer and find my friends through the tiny bit of their set that I caught.  Liars took forever setting up, which sucked cause it was outside and cold, but Angus eventually took the stage in a bright pink suit and things got rolling.  Apparently his back is still fucked up, as he spent much of the show propped up on a stool, but he still managed to command some incredible stage presence.  I'm not familiar enough with their stuff to remark on the set list, but a friend told me it was a mix of all four albums.  I know they played Other side of Mt Heart Attack as their closer, but then came back with two more as an encore and closed for real with Let's Not Wrestle Mt Heart Attack, which was killer live.  It wasn't the most mindblowing show in the world, lots of fans bundled up and huddled around the outdoor gas heaters, but pretty damn good.  Would recommend.
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« Reply #142 on: 17 Feb 2008, 23:41 »

A couple of nights ago I saw Explosions In The Sky, and it was far and away the best show I've been to- and I've been to some kick ass shows. They only spoke twice in the show, at the start to say "hi, we're explosions in the sky, we're from Texas", and at the end but I'll get to that later. From the very start they just had so much fucking energy an were getting the crowd so into it. HYPNOTIC, CARTHARTIC, HEAD FUCKING. They didn't pause once, working into each song, there was just constant music for an hour and a half and they put absolutely everything they had into every second. Think Warren Ellis and replace his violin with a guitar, that kinda energy. At the end, the just stopped and walked off and the crowd were so pumped for an encore, but then one of them walked back on and said "there is no way you can expect us to give you and encore after we gave you every ounce of our energy. Sorry and Thankyou". What a show.

On Thursday I'm seeing Sonic Youth so I'll report back after that.
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« Reply #143 on: 18 Feb 2008, 01:36 »

I saw them last night! We got a little more conversation at the start though. They were really good and had a ton of energy all the way through until just after they stopped playing when they seemed pretty drained. I'd never really listened to much of their recorded stuff before so I went in expecting just post-rock and nothing specific. They covered the whole spectrum of sounds I'd have expected blending between songs with plain and pure feedback, noise freakouts and repetitive time-delay stuff. They played about an hour and a half of beautiful, delicate melodies and roaring crescendos.

The venue was excellent too. It was at this temporary open-air venue that's been put up for the Perth International Arts Festival. There is basically a stage covered on top and loosely around the sides with white sails looking south away from the skyline of the city onto a bit of an open area that's a little bigger than the standing room you'd expect at a large club. Behind this there are a couple of small steps up and then an area a little larger than before with these comfy purple two or three person couches and little cushions and coffee-tables scattered about with tall orange curvy lamps along the edge. Then behind there on the wings there were small little grandstands with rows of seats and another section of couches in the center. It was all decorated really well and as you walk in from the back you're greeted by this big, bright painted pastel panel that sort of sets the mood for the whole place. It was really friendly and there was enough space for everyone whilst still being fairly cosy despite being pretty big. I'll try to remember to get pictures when I go see Sonic Youth there next weekend.
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« Reply #144 on: 18 Feb 2008, 03:38 »

Shit you're seeing Sonic Youth too? Like I'm doing everything you're doing a couple of days before.
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« Reply #145 on: 18 Feb 2008, 04:59 »

Unfortunately that's the limit of the music I'm going to see until probably the Mountain Goats in April (or August, I'm not sure). I saw them last time they came out too. I would go again even if John Darnielle just sat on the stage telling stories.
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« Reply #146 on: 18 Feb 2008, 05:30 »

I saw them last night! We got a little more conversation at the start though. They were really good and had a ton of energy all the way through until just after they stopped playing when they seemed pretty drained. I'd never really listened to much of their recorded stuff before so I went in expecting just post-rock and nothing specific. They covered the whole spectrum of sounds I'd have expected blending between songs with plain and pure feedback, noise freakouts and repetitive time-delay stuff. They played about an hour and a half of beautiful, delicate melodies and roaring crescendos.

The venue was excellent too. It was at this temporary open-air venue that's been put up for the Perth International Arts Festival. There is basically a stage covered on top and loosely around the sides with white sails looking south away from the skyline of the city onto a bit of an open area that's a little bigger than the standing room you'd expect at a large club. Behind this there are a couple of small steps up and then an area a little larger than before with these comfy purple two or three person couches and little cushions and coffee-tables scattered about with tall orange curvy lamps along the edge. Then behind there on the wings there were small little grandstands with rows of seats and another section of couches in the center. It was all decorated really well and as you walk in from the back you're greeted by this big, bright painted pastel panel that sort of sets the mood for the whole place. It was really friendly and there was enough space for everyone whilst still being fairly cosy despite being pretty big. I'll try to remember to get pictures when I go see Sonic Youth there next weekend.

Agreed, this was an excellent gig. I was right up at the front of the stage. Crowd was great, venue was great and EITS were KILLER. They played a basically perfect set list (4 out of 5 songs from Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, which is great because it's easily my favourite album), and the whole thing was jus epic and soaring and really, really good, although exactly why the crowd cheered after every quiet bit was beyond me. Still! An absolutely killer show that I really, really enjoyed. Highlights would've been The only Moment we were Alone, First Breath after Coma, Memorial and some random tunes off How Strange, innocence that also dominated. Seeing as they're fairly tame on album I wasn't expecting too much beyond some pretty guitar interplay, but I was very surprised and absolutely loved it. Not as good as Sigur Ros or Sunn O))), but far better then anything else I've been too. 9/10.

Also, McTaggart- There's Mum (the icelandic band) coming next month.. and IMMORTAL. Don't tell me you're not going to see either of them.

Oh and on a final note, I saw Caribou a few weeks ago and that was pretty good times. Haven't heard anything by them before but I enjoyed it, less vocals and more shimmering distortion would've been good, though. 7/10.
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« Reply #147 on: 18 Feb 2008, 05:55 »

I was unaware of either of them. Also I've never really given either a good listen. Oh and the fact that my spending right now so far outweighs my income that everything I let myself do is a guilty pleasure.
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« Reply #148 on: 18 Feb 2008, 06:10 »

Municipal Waste is BADASS live
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« Reply #149 on: 18 Feb 2008, 08:42 »

Dan Deacon played here at my school recently in the campus center's multi-purpose room (basically a pretty big, empty room). The show had an opener which I missed, a presentation of Ultimate Reality (a crazy video art thing with Dan Deacon playing and two drummers doing all sorts of crazy stuff. Very cool, that) and then Deacon himself. The fact that he plays pretty much in the midst of the audience, eschewing any kind of stage, is pretty awesome. He had a great rapport with the audience and the music was pretty frickin great. I'm not usually into this kinda scene but it was essentially a crazy dance party that lasted a good few hours. Deacon's a really nice guy and if this show was any indication a great performer. Not the best show I've seen recently but probably the most fun.
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