Sep 25, 2010

Jul 18, 2010

Pitchfork Festival

*Modest Mouse 8:30 (a)
Eugene Mirman 8:00 (b)
*Broken Social Scene 7:20 (c)
Michael Showalter 7:15 (b)
Wyatt Cenac 6:30 (b)
Robyn 6:25 (a)
Hannibal Buress 5:45 (b)
*Liars 5:30 (c)
*El-P 4:30 (a)
The Tallest Man on Earth 4:00 (c)
Sharon Van Etten 3:30 (a)

*LCD Soundsystem 8:30 (a)
Freddie Gibbs7:40 (b)
Panda Bear 7:25 (c)
Bear in Heaven6:45 (b)
*Wolf Parade 6:15 (a)
WHY? 5:45 (b)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 5:15 (c)
*The Smith Westerns 4:45 (b)
Raekwon 4:15 (a)
Dâm-Funk 3:45 (b)
*Titus Andronicus 3:20 (c)
Kurt Vile 2:50 (b)
Delorean 2:30 (a)
*Sonny & the Sunsets 1:55 (b)
Real Estate 1:45 (c)
Netherfriends 1:00 (b)
*Free Energy 1:00 (a)

*Pavement 8:30 (a)
*Sleigh Bells 7:40 (b)
Big Boi 7:25 (c)
*Neon Indian 6:45 (b)
Major Lazer 6:15 (a)
*Here We Go Magic 5:45 (b)
*St. Vincent 5:15 (c)
*Surfer Blood 4:45 (b)
Lightning Bolt 4:15(a)
*Local Natives 3:35 (b)
Beach House 3:20 (c)
Washed Out 2:50 (b)
*Girls 2:30 (a)
*Best Coast 1:55 (b)
Cass McCombs 1:45 (c)
CAVE 1:00 (b)
Allá 1:00 (a)

Feb 13, 2010

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Previous experiences of the Rock & Roll Hotel, left me half dreading the night, shows usually start late, so I don't get there until late, then get stuck on the left side by the giant mirror, where the stage seems so far away.   But this time!  Grabbed the front right and leaned on the stage and listened to the Shins waiting for the bands to start.


Versatile band with a full sound.  Played a multitude of instruments from the  banjo, faux bagpipes, autoharp (remember from elementary school?) to the 
ukulele.  They really seemed to enjoy playing for us.

Bad Veins    [ website ]
Two men and a tape machine.  I was worried that we'd get a taped track show but instead we had incredible sound.  Sebastien was manic on the drums and Benjamin crooned into the telephone, his voice rolling over me like waves, building until it's a pounding turf.  Despite the RnR Hotel technical issues with power and a little late start, these guys were awesome.  Put on your must see list.

We Were Promised Jetpacks [ website ]

With no pomp or circumstance, 4 Scots came on stage and started playing with intensity.  The drums pound, the guitars rumble, while the bass line carries through.  They played Quiet Little Voices early in the set, and then continued to plow through their album plus a couple of new songs.  Sadly they simply turned and walked off stage after their last song, leaving us wanting more.

Jan 28, 2010

of Montreal @ 9:30 Club

Of Montreal

At Lollapalooza 2009 we found ourselves at the side of the stage for their show... it was also one of the least muddy places that day.  We watched Kevin Barnes and his multiple players from the side through a 4 foot wide gap...  There were pigs and feathers and insanity, but we only could see 10% of it.
So we jumped at the chance to see them here at the 9:30 Club.  And with news of Susan Sarandon, all school marm, spanking the men costumed as pigs and Solange Knowles joining in for an encore at their NYC show, we stood on the edge of a sold out crowd.

It was craziness, smoke, strobe lights, acting, feathers... but the real show was the music... Du Og Meg was incredible, as well as An Eluardian Instance.  The tightness and looseness and the party atmosphere all added to a level of insanity that we couldn't quite grasp at Lollapalooza.

They ended with a Jackson 5 classic I Want You Back, with Michael Jackson dancing and afro wigs and everyone singing along.  

James Husband

While the band is made up of mostly of Montreal, the sound is a rockier version of the house band.  The fun carries through, and with references to the Sound of Music and a song that is the ultimate pop song, "Window".  The cellist and the guitarist dressed as Woody from toy story, came back onstage for the of Montreal encore.

Here's a slideshow so you can feel the insanity:

Jan 21, 2010

We Are Scientists @ Black Cat

We Are Scientists

I saw them about a year ago, opening for Kings of Leon, just after the action packed Whigs at DAR Constitution Hall and they seemed lackluster (and the light guy must have gone on a coffee break).

Tonight's concert blew away that stifled feeling of that first show.  Keith Murray bounced and spun as he played with frenetic energy.  The dialog between Chris and Keith and their interaction with the crowd made this show so memorable.  My favorites were The Scene Is Dead and Nobody Home (a song they claim they wrote from scratch).  The "new" drummer Danny played exceedingly well especially since it was only his second show.  Dubbed "Mark Twain" he remained mute but laughed along with the running commentary between Keith and Chris...

Uninhabitable Mansions

8 Syllables of Fun.  This band made up of members of Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah and Annie Hall of Au Revoir Simone.  Their music is instantly likeable and they finished their set leaving us wanting more.  Rob actually bought their CD (which means he really really liked them).  I downloaded 4 songs free.  They are a must see if get the chance!

Annie Hall and Robbie Guertin

Jan 19, 2010

The Cribs @ 9:30 Club

The Cribs
The Jarman brothers put out the kind if music you wish you could play yourself. Singable, danceable, crowd surfable (barely). Tight and loud they played old and new with the 9:30 club crowd bouncing along.  I'm a Realist and Mirror Kisses were the best songs.  Be Safe was played with a video Lee Ranaldo of  Sonic Youth doing his spoken word piece shown behind the band.

A quick greet and pic with Johnny Marr fulfilled all my angsty teenage dreams.

The Dead Trees - Portland Oregon
Frenetic garage blues... The lead singer has the energy of Cyndi
Lauper and the red shoes too. Totally tolerable with flashes of
likability dosed with equal smatterings of annoyance.

Jan 12, 2010

Julian Casablancas - 9:30 Club

Julian Casablancas

While the drummer suffered a series of malfunctions, from bass drum repair ( which resulted in an ad-hoc song about Washington DC) to dropped cymbal, the band played so tight and really pushed Out Of the Blue to meteoric heights.  Even though 11th Dimension is the "single" all the songs carried through, obviously reminiscent of the Strokes, but with a synth edge.

"The Tanlines are Bert and Ernie, if Bert played a telecaster and sang and Ernie had a lot of expensive electronic equipment to play with."
Caitlin Brown

The Tanlines