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Old 04-20-2013, 11:46 PM   #41 (permalink)
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O'Death with On the Water and The Wallace Brothers Band
Saw these guys tonight at a shockingly small venue. The opening acts were okay, but O'Death put on an incredible show. All five of them have amazing stage presence. The rhythm section both play like they're in a metal band, the banjo player and singer/guitarist have a rapport like a pair of comedians, and the fiddle playing is amazingly intense. They're also apparently psychic since they started with my three favorite songs by them ("Low Tide", "Ghost Head" and "Bugs", in that order). They played a couple new unrecorded songs, which sounded great, and a whole bunch of high-intensity previously released songs. I was definitely impressed. It's a crime that they were playing in a venue as small as the one I just saw them in.

(Picture above taken by me at the show.)
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:26 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Lucky bastard. They were suppose to play here 2 years ago but cancelled because of weather. Sucked to because they were supporting their newest album Outside which I've just recently rediscovered. Luckily I did see them in 2008 when they were touring their sophomore album. It was a Monday night show at some dive that went on an hour later because of some mix up. I was determined to see them and I was absolutely enthralled with their banjo player, and I feel safe to say that was when I decided the banjo was a legitimate instrument that I wanted to play.

Anyways I just found out Munly & the Lupercalians will be playing at some countryfest in September so I can check off seeing Jay Munly live, off the bucket list. I was actually listening to a Slim Censsas Auto Club live album today and that's a show that's definitely on my live list. Still I'll settle for a Munly show and I'm quite willing to pay the price and make the drive.

In more recent shows I'm going to Built to Spill on this coming Thursday, not a bucket list show, but certainly a show to see.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:14 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Saw Green Day a few weeks ago (AKA father and son bonding festival) and last week Bob Seger (AKA middle age - I saw this crowd at Springsteen last year - festival). Both were excellent.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Can I drag this up to brag about two shows I've been to lately? Mike Keneally and Wende First of all the show by Wende. Wende is a Dutch singer and she sings whatever the **** she wants basically. She started out by singing French chansons and has a new, more poppy album out now. Now this concert was one in a series of concerts with a different concept than usual. The concerts are held in a church and part of the show is that the artist talks about his or her inspiration for the songs too.

Wende decided to experiment while at this concert, by not styling her show. There were no lights, except for the regular church lights. She wore her favourite shirt that she wears at home all the time. And instead of, as she calls it, 'getting in a bubble' -meaning that she gets in a sort of focussed mood and gets completely absorbed in her songs until the moment she's finished- she decided to snap out of it after a song, and just improvise the talking. So we really got to see the real Wende. Which was amazing. I loved it. She asked the public questions like: "what part of the lyrics of this song do you like most? Or do you dance to this song at home? No? You should, that would make me happy."

Everything she said and the way she sang her songs totally captivated me. The only downside was that for her this experiment wasn't that great. While she was playing her last song she completely forgot what she was doing. She just stopped playing the piano and stopped singing mid-sentence and proclaimed: 'I'm out of it. I'm sorry.' and then she asked: 'What do you want me to do now? Should I continue with this song? Or play another one?' She ended up playing the same song again and it was wonderful. For her, this concept and experiment were not a success. For me, it was. It was so honest. You felt so much closer to the person behind the music. It somehow felt more real.

And then the other show I saw. My boyfriend and I wanted to go to the Mattheus Passion. But not very surprisingly this was completely sold out on the day we wanted to go. So we had to make a change of plans. I decided to take a look at the other venues in town and discovered that in a venue way too small was playing: the Mike Keneally Band. When we got there I think there were about 40 or 50 people and I think our presence lowered the average by quite a bit, lol.

Now if you're unfamiliar with Mike Keneally, don't be ashamed. I was too. Until I did some research and found out that he was a stunt guitarist for Frank Zappa! He used to play the most difficult guitar parts Frank Zappa composed. So at that moment I decided I had to go to this show. Well not exactly at that moment, I listened to some songs too. Anyway, Mike Keneally doesn't just play the guitar, he can play the piano too. Heck, he can even play the piano and play the guitar and sing in one song. Needless to say: this show was great. It was ****ing brilliant. Now I had wanted to write that the thing that I found best about this show was that the band seemed to have so much fun on stage, they improvised, they laughed, they were so much at ease. And yet they rocked!

But then I thought: no, people will probably want to hear about how complicated the songs were, how difficult the bass lines, about the climaxes and the stylistic diversity. But I don't know ape**** about that. So I decided to look up what a reviewer said about this concert. He probably knows what they do better than I know, right? Guess what? The guy mentioned in his review how the band seemed very relaxed...XD
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I saw Loretta Lynn not that long ago. She was great.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Saw Los Lobos a few weeks ago
Saw Medeski, Martin, and Wood back in April

Those were both awesome shows with great talented musicians.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:23 PM   #47 (permalink)
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New Order with Holy Ghost
Went to this show this past Friday. It was at one of those stadiums-with-lawn-seats that I usually hate, but the show was far from sold out so it was actually pretty nice. They even offered us a free upgrade on seats. New Order were great. It was more of a greatest hits type of show than I expected but very well done, and the encore was a trio of Joy Division songs. Holy Ghost basically sound exactly like New Order so they were either the perfect opening act or completely redundant depending how you look at it.
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I've never seen New Order. I imagine that would be a fun and worthwhile show to go and see.

I'm not even a huge fan, although I do like them, but I would definitely go and see them.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:38 AM   #49 (permalink)
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I've never seen New Order. I imagine that would be a fun and worthwhile show to go and see.

I'm not even a huge fan, although I do like them, but I would definitely go and see them.
I'm the same way. I like them but am not super into them. The only things I own by them are one of their singles collections and their Peel sessions album. Seeing them live definitely made me want to get more though.
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So The National and Daughter are playing this Sunday in Indianapolis (about an hour from where I live).

And I can't go.

My favorite band...and my favorite new artist of 2013.

And I can't go.

Sigh.
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