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monkeypants
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« Reply #250 on: Apr 01, 2010, 12:45:16 PM »

So I caught Wilco last night, for the first time.  No opening act and, including a two-song encore, the set clocked in at 3 hours (oh my aching back.)  I'm more of a casual fan and haven't even heard their last two albums, and I'd say I run hot and cold on some of the material (some tunes can be awfully bland), but man, there's really no faulting the live show, and it was certainly worth the money just for the privilege of watching Glenn Kotche rock the hell out of a drum kit in his inimitable way for 3 hours.  I imagine if you were a big fan, this would be a near-perfect show.  As it was, for me it was plenty good enough.
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« Reply #251 on: Apr 05, 2010, 08:45:34 PM »

Did anyone else go see Immortal in Brooklyn last week?  I drove down.  Amazing, as expected. 
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narlus
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« Reply #252 on: Apr 06, 2010, 10:33:30 AM »

review w/ photo gallery of last Friday's Boston show, Drive-By Truckers and Lucero:
http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/drive-by-truckers-lucero-langhorne-slim-house-of-b/





and a couple of Lucero

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« Reply #253 on: Apr 06, 2010, 11:45:54 AM »

That would be one hell of a show.  Do I see Roy on the kit back there?  He hurt himself a while back or so I heard.  oh wait yeah they got mugged and he got his jaw broken, I guess he can play drums alright with a broken jaw  Shocked



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narlus
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« Reply #254 on: Apr 07, 2010, 11:28:31 AM »

man, these 'evening with' shows that Wilco are doing are fucking incredible.  last night's show in boston was stupendously good.  here's the setlist:

—"The Price Is Right" theme music intro—
Wilco (the song)
Bull Black Nova
You Are My Face
IATTBYH>
One Wing
A Shot in the Arm
One By One
Either Way
Company In My Back
Sonny Feeling
Handshake Drugs
Impossible Germany
It's Just That Simple
California Stars
Poor Places>
----into acoustic set----
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
How To Fight Loneliness
You and I
Forget The Flowers
Someday, Some Morning, Sometime>
Laminated Cat
When You Wake Up Feeling Old
War On War
Passenger Side
I Must Be High
----out of acoustic set----
Airline To Heaven
Via Chicago
Theologians
You Never Know
Jesus, etc. (crowd singalong)
Hate It Here
Heavy Metal Drummer
I'm Always In Love
Walken
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Thank You Friends [Big Star]
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Dreamer In My Dreams
Casino Queen>
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

i'm going again tonight. hope there's a bit more love for Being There, but i have no grounds for complaints one bit.
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edison
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« Reply #255 on: Apr 07, 2010, 11:33:53 AM »

Looks incredible. They must pretty much be playing for three hours, right?
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narlus
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« Reply #256 on: Apr 07, 2010, 12:36:37 PM »

yeah it was just around the 3 hr mark. 
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narlus
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« Reply #257 on: Apr 08, 2010, 01:35:54 PM »

night 2 of Wilco wasn't quite at the same high point as Boston, but it was damned good nonetheless.

i almost never see bands more than once on a tour and it was funny to note the differences in how the audience has an affect on the band's performance.
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nicoinfurs
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« Reply #258 on: Apr 08, 2010, 06:05:26 PM »

Guys, i'm in a terrible dilemma.

I'm heading to the North of my country tomorrow, and in two cities close to eachother, two concerts clash. One is The Vision Bleak with Alcest and Fjoergyn in support. I want to go for Alcest alone, I dont know the other bands.

The other is Mount Eerie with the whole band and everything. That I want to see too. Both same price.

I'm hoping for one to sell out so I can't blame my self but they're still available. Any recommendations?
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narlus
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« Reply #259 on: Apr 08, 2010, 06:17:33 PM »

Alcest.
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narlus
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« Reply #260 on: Apr 09, 2010, 07:53:07 PM »

Wilco in Boston:
http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/wilco-the-orpheum-theatre-in-boston-picsreview/





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« Reply #261 on: Apr 10, 2010, 01:24:21 AM »

Saw The Gandalfs the other night in Auckland, one of my favorite shows by them ever despite the horribly inappropriate laughing stoned girl (who thankfully seemed to give that up after about eight songs). Good mix of new stuff and hits, definitely weighted towards the slower less rocky side, making "See America Right" in honor of Chris Knox even more cathartic. And the explanation of "Love, Love, Love" is the first time I feel like I got what that song was really about. And John's jacket was really awesome. What do you call that kind of jacket, anyway? Me wantee.

But yeah - something about having 14 years of continuity with music is pretty special, and when they busted out "Going to Georgia" (only pre-2000 song, IIRC) and I was transported back to a townhouse in Houston in 1996, lying on a mattress without a frame, watching dust motes in the sunlight over my bed, it was a pretty unexpected and potent experience.
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« Reply #262 on: Apr 10, 2010, 03:24:16 PM »

Alcest.

Thanks. It was pretty epic to say the least, haven't had a moment of regret. Such a great live act, and they only played their 5th gig or something. Neige is such a shy guy too on stage, pretty funny to see.

Oh yeah, they were actually supporting this German band called 'The Vision Bleak', but once they got on the venue was as good as empty.

Some pics (not by me):


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monkeypants
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« Reply #263 on: Apr 11, 2010, 10:11:20 AM »

Caught The Hold Steady last night.  Fun show, as always.   They've hired not only a replacement for Franz but also a second guitarist (who looks like he might be on loan from Foghat or something.)  I'm not totally sold on the new stuff (although I do like Hurricane J quite a bit) so I'll definitely be holding off on picking up the new album.  Still,  live these guys don't disappoint.
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« Reply #264 on: Apr 12, 2010, 11:23:51 AM »

Saw the Kronos Quartet last night. Excellent performances on a program that ultimately left me a little chilly. I know they're one of the most prominent custodians of downtown music, but constructing a program of ten works that all fit narrowly within the 'downtown' confines (modern-but-overwhelmingly-tonal, simple phrases, minimalistic perpetuated motion, the occasional postmodern flourish) ultimately makes for a shallow experience. And it does the music a disservice; on a more varied program, any of the pieces performed last night would have benefitted from a broader context. But last night's menu came across as, at best, myopic and, at worst, naive and superficial.

As for the music itself: the first piece was the worst, a formless Terry Riley thing of muddy textures and no definition. String writing was unimaginative and/or lazy. They naturally followed this up with the highlight of the evening, an Indian raga with the 2nd violin picking up a sitar, the cellist and 1st violin (who was manipulating some kind of wooden box instrument at this point) playing a low drone atop which the violist shredded virtuosically for five minutes. Breathtaking—their violist is a fucking badass (how often do you attend string quartet performance and leave thinking about the violist?

Third piece was the Requiem for a Dream suite by Clint Mansell which got a big applaud from the crowd. Some electronic beats and rasping synth textures, some of the younger crowd were head-bobbing. I'll admit I got into it myself; for all the stark minimalist simplicity of "Lux Aeterna" (the theme everyone remembers from the movie), it's pretty powerful in the context of the suite.

Fourth piece, back to familiar downtown confines, a Missy Mazzoli "love song to the Brooklyn Bridge" or whatever that, again, within the context of a broader program, might have carried more weight. Last night it was just OK. Next piece was something by Bryce Dessner (guitarist for the National) that, in form and construction, was more or less a grinding, dissonant take on Philip Glass. Sounded like a competent student piece. Then, the second half of the program, which was even more poorly programmed than the first, culminated in a lame Sigur Ros transcription and something else that I literally can't remember anything about except the 2nd violinist picking up a mallet and beating and yelling on a bass drum at some point. At this point I was so craving something serial* or even just generically modern that I wasn't really paying attention.

Again, not to slight the Quartet themselves, they're all fantastic players. And I think over the decades they've dug out a niche for themselves that works and certainly packs concert halls, which is always nice to see. And at this point, they're basically exclusively performing commissions, so I imagine there's kind of a musical feedback loop happening that narrows their focus even further. It's just that narrowed focus doesn't make for the most compelling listening experience.

*was just talking about this with a composer buddy of mine: we think it's time for hard academic serialism to make a goddamn comeback
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« Reply #265 on: Apr 12, 2010, 12:04:55 PM »

i saw the bowerbirds the other night at the cats cradle in chapel hill. it was as good as i was hoping it would be, and they even played my favorite song (The Ticonderoga). also they did a really great Gillian Welch cover (Look At Miss Ohio). plus i got this really sweet poster



edit: they played a sweet new song too called You Don't Have To Scream. yay new songs.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #266 on: Apr 12, 2010, 12:14:23 PM »

So apparently the box office at Webster Hall opens for will call ticket pickup at 8.30 tonight... which is the same time as the door for the show. wtf, dudes, that's just silly as hell.
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narlus
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« Reply #267 on: Apr 12, 2010, 12:26:42 PM »

review/photos of the Wilco Concord NH show:
http://www.bigtakeover.com/reviews/wilco-at-the-capital-center-for-the-arts-concord-nh-wednesday-april-7-2010


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Slime
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« Reply #268 on: Apr 12, 2010, 02:35:34 PM »

ALCEST- it says they are playing the Unit in Boston.  Where is that?
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narlus
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« Reply #269 on: Apr 12, 2010, 03:02:27 PM »

no idea...some basement show? 
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« Reply #270 on: Apr 12, 2010, 03:05:55 PM »

i dug around and it looks like a house show in Allston on Rugg Road
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=rugg+road+boston&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Rugg+Rd,+Boston,+MA+02134&gl=us&ei=v27DS6PZMYH-8AaHmonKCA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ8gEwAA
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« Reply #271 on: Apr 12, 2010, 04:32:03 PM »

Some excellent shots on this page, narlus!
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« Reply #272 on: Apr 12, 2010, 04:36:00 PM »

That would be one hell of a show.  Do I see Roy on the kit back there?  He hurt himself a while back or so I heard.  oh wait yeah they got mugged and he got his jaw broken, I guess he can play drums alright with a broken jaw  Shocked




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YojimboMonkey
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« Reply #273 on: Apr 12, 2010, 04:44:14 PM »

Lucero's Roy Berry and Brian Venable Mugged in Atlanta, GA March 4, 2010

of course that picture doesn't show Roy but you can see the top of his head in the other Lucero shot in narlus's post. 
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« Reply #274 on: Apr 13, 2010, 12:59:39 AM »

Well I am soaked in sweat and already achey and exhausted from dancing for two straight hours. Good show!
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