Wow, Jason Molina was pretty great in his abbreviated set tonight.
Andrew Bird was lurking around Schuba's before the show and popped on to the stage for a couple of collaborations, a few improvised little pieces, and four or five solo acoustic renditions of yet to be released tunes of his own. I couldn't ask for a whole lot more. Great time.
Caught The Strokes and Eagles of Death Metal at Hammerstein on Fri. night. Twas a very sweet show. My first time at Hammerstein, and I must approve of the way the floor bounces It made for some sick Strokes jigz. Thier light show is pretty impressive, and they played a ton. Alot of new, and a whole lot off the first album. And I saw Drew Barrymore in the balcony. What more could you ask for? Capped off a good 3 day vacation in Jersey. Yeah, that even looks pathetic, when I write it.
Post by Lucid Interval on Mar 5, 2006 7:53:47 GMT -5
Saw Keller & The Keels last month in Rhode Island, Assembly of Dust w/ Ryan Montbleu Band last weekend. Going to see "The Wood Brothers" (Chris wood from MMW and his brother Oliver) at this super small alternative arts venue downtown on Friday. Also Tea Leaf Green w/ U-Melt in Boston on the 16th...
Post by melikecheese on Mar 5, 2006 8:16:35 GMT -5
I know this thread is titled"Any Good Shows" but I'll add the bad ones too. Just saw Augustana and the Damnwells. Not so good. Chick rock city. At the basement in Columbus which is a real crappy place to see a show. The stage is actaully sunk down into the floor. Im about 6'3" and I had a hard time seeing. Luckly they don't get to many good shows...
Post by doobiedewey on Mar 5, 2006 10:18:09 GMT -5
I saw the Disco Biscuits out in Starland Ballroom this past weekend Friday and Saturday... the shows were amazing and the band is so much better with the new drummer (sorry Sammy)... check out biscoradio.com... free streaming biscuits and they have a super speedy turn around... I was able to listen to Saturdays show online for free the very next day... good times
Barefoot Manner came through Greenville on friday night, very trippy set, they remind me a lot of Lotus. I talked to the banjo and mandolin player and they were cool as hell. They had some good tunes to dance to.
I caught the New Pornographers w/ Belle & Sebastian at the Brown Theatre in Louisville. Pretty good show; I'm a much bigger fan of New Pornographers and they put on a good show. Not to say Belle & Sebastian was bad, they weren't. I will say that they had some of the best stage presence of anyone I've seen. Really upbeat and fun without babbling on forever.
Post by melikecheese on Mar 11, 2006 15:52:21 GMT -5
Last night I saw Violent Femmes for the first time. It's one fo these bands I ahve been listening to for a decade and always skipped seeing....the show was really good. They played some bluegrass. That was the "new bluegrass sound of the violent femmes" as they said themselves. That was a surprise but it sounded good.
I am very jealous of puregrrr. What I would give to see B&S and new pornographers. 2 bands I love that skipped out on my town. The new B&S album is HIGHLY recommended.
Post by doobiedewey on Mar 11, 2006 17:05:49 GMT -5
I looovvveee the violent femmes... definitely one of my all-time favorite bands and they put on a great show... would make a wonderful addition to bonnaroo (hint hint)... but anyways I just saw Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey up at Binghamton university where I go to grad school and they were pretty fucking sweet... its just drum, bass, and piano like mmw (no hammond though) and the bassist does all these weird effects... he even imitated bjork's voice on "isobel" for a cover with his bass... it was some great music man and a definite check out for any fans of mmw... the show from binghamton is actually on archive.org already although there are currently problems with that show and a couple other shows xml threads
Flogging Molly was great, although I was stuck behind a bunch of tall people, so I couldn't really see, and one of the guys in front of me kept farting. I'll definitely see them again, though. And next time I'll get there early so I can be closer to the front.
I was in New Orleans for a few days and last night I caught Drums & Tuba, Balkan Beat Box, and Barbez in the French Quarter. It was a pretty funky venue called One Eyed Jacks. There was a disco ball in the middle of the ceiling as well as oil paintings of naked women all over the walls. Barbez was awful. They sounded like a bad version of System of a Down, and I can hardly stand SOAD. Each song was in a minor key and sounded the same. Balkan Beat Box was really good. I highly suggest seeing them at Bonnaroo. I was talking to two of them after the show and they mentioned a possible late-night spot for them but they said it could be wishful thinking. They marched out into the audience and played some 2nd Line stuff at the beginning of the show. I am actually going to see them tomorrow too when they open up for Matisyahu, but its just by chance I saw Balkan in NOLA. Drums and Tuba were great as well.
Great to hear about Balkan Beatbox. I really dig their album which I picked up after they were announced for Roo. What is the setup like live? I think I saw on their site that they have sax, guitar and a DJ? There are so many seemingly exotic singers guesting on the album, I'm really curious what kind of instrumentation they use live. I was thinking late night could fit for them, and I don't think its totally out of the question as there were some smaller acts late night last year.
Their live set up is quite unique. On their left is the drummer who has a small trap set and a lot of electronics like a laptop and other DJ equipment. Then the bass player and two saxophone players are in the middle of the stage and on the right is their MC who sang most of the lyrics. He was equipped with a drum and a cymbal as well as more electronics. Their show was both fun and energetic. I'll let you know how they do tonight at the Matisyahu concert.
I saw Matt Pond PA with Youth Group, at World Cafe Live, on Mon. That venue is friggin sweet. $3 Guiness, are you kidding? Cheap beer, good sound, clean bathrooms, I'll definately be back there again. Matt Pond was cool, very standard versions of his songs, but he played what I wanted to hear. Youth Group was a pleasant surprise though. I really like thier sound. And I hadn't heard them before, except for that Forever Young remake, which they didn't play. That guy's vocals were spot on, and some good harmony too. So any people in the Philly area, try and hit up a show at World Cafe, cause it's cool, and I said so
I saw The Magic Numbers and The Elected on Sat. night. The Numbers were REALLY good. They love to get the crowd into the songs and they rocked more than I thought they would. They should go over well with the Bonnaroo crowd. Someone in the crowd actually yelled BONNAROOOO!!! And the lead singer, said "yep we'll be there." Good show.
Saw Ratdog in Syracuse thursday night. I've never really listened to the dead or phil and friends or ratdog before so I wasn't expecting all that much when I went. I was pleasantly surprised. I had an awesome time and thought they sounded great. Al Schnier (guitar player from moe.) sat in for most of the second set so that was so cool to see and hear. He played Dark Star, Watchtower, and came out for the Johnny B. Good encore. He was out there for a few others too. Such a great night.