Thursday, May 31, 2007

Friday night with M. Ward?

Personally, I can't be persuaded to shell out a lot of dough ($48.50 before Ticketmaster extortion fees) to see M. Ward open for Norah Jones tomorrow at Red Rocks.

That said, my love for M. Ward remains undiminished. I'd love to see him on a solo tour. Or on a tour with special friends who are, ahem, more to my liking than Ms. Jones.

His recent appearance on Conan rocked my world. Neko! Kelly Hogan! Jim James! All together for the wonderful "Chinese Translation".

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The West's Best Music Venues

Paste Magazine gives a list this week of the 40 best music venues in the country, two of them in our own backyard. Red Rocks is a given, and I'm happy to see the Fox on the list as I saw two of my favorite shows there last year. Check out the full article for shout outs to other faves including the Crocodile, the Tractor, the Gorge and First Ave.

Red Rocks - Morrison, Colo.
Best place to have your mind blown by music and nature: Hearing the majestic sound bounce off the natural amphitheater of red sandstone monoliths named “Ship Rock” and “Creation Rock” is a must for any true music fan’s “before I die” list. Since it’s in the middle of a State park, even if you’re not U2 (remember the video for “Sunday Bloody Sunday”?) you can jump onstage on off-days and play for the make-believe masses.
Playing this month: Norah Jones (6/1), John Mayer. (6/15-16)
18300 West Alameda Parkway,

Fox Theatre - Boulder, Colo.
Best place to find the spirit of New York’s legendary Wetlands: The Fox opened its doors in 1991 to great fanfare, as the old-movie-theater-turned-concert-hall welcomed The Meters to the foothills of the Rockies. Designed by members of The Samples for optimal sound, the Fox was the spot for numerous secret one-offs by the Allman Brothers, Phish and even Bob Dylan.
Introduced the world to: Devotchka, Yonder Mountain String Band, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, The String Cheese Incident
1135 13th St.,

[thx to brooklynvegan]

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heartless Bastards -- Tractor Tavern, 5-27-07

What a sweet surprise on a Sasquatch weekend to return to Seattle and find a nice $10 show in Ballard!

The group sounded great, it took a while to warm up, but I was thrilled to see them again. Although I thought they were not quite as tight as they were in Boulder this winter. The crowd loved them, lots of dancing. And good merch -- I had to talk myself out of buying a snake shirt reading "heartless bastards" for my 4 year old!

Heartless Bastards @ Tractor, Seattle 5-27-07

Heartless Bastards @ Tractor Tavern 5-27-07

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Bjork - Sasquatch 5-26-07

Bjork! A dream come true to see her at the Gorge. The Icelandic Brass Band came out first in glowing neon suits with pink flags on their heads, Bjork followed like a whirling dervish in a cape made of long yellow tassels to the sounds of Earth Intruders.

Wish I could give you a full setlist, but she played everything I wanted to hear including All is Full of Love, Hunter, Joga, Pagan Poetry, Army of Me, Hyperballad, Wanderlust and loads more.

Army of Me drove the crowd wild, but Pagan Poetry always my favorite, so a short video below of the last bit follows:

Sasquatch - Arcade Fire 5/26/07

Absolutely the greatest act of the day, the year, maybe ever. My expectations were sky high for this show, but the Arcade Fire met and exceeded all of them.

Highlights: Richard pushed Will fell leapt off the stage while roughhousing with Richard during Laika. Win dedicated Antichrist Television Blues to "Jerry Falwell, wherever he is". And a personal highlight: saw Win on his way to the Grizzly Bear show during the afternoon!

I'll try to piece together a setlist, please tell me if I've got it wrong. I'm certain of the first four, and the last five, but the middle of the set was a blur of happiness. I know they played all these songs but not positive of order. And sorry for crap photos ;-)

Arcade Fire Sasquatch 2007 setlist:
**Update- see correctly ordered setlist in the comments!**
Black Mirror
No Cars Go
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Ocean of Noise
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Black Wave
Antichrist Television Blues
Well and the Lighthouse
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Keep the Car Running
Wake Up
Arcade Fire @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire Sasquatch 5-26-07

Wake Up -- Arcade Fire @ Sasqatch 5-26-07

Ghostland Observatory - Sasquatch 5-26-07

What a blast to see GLO with a huge crowd of adoring, dancing fans.

Before their set, latecomer emcee Aziz Ansari told some bad rape jokes and was booed from the stage. GLO came on and whipped the crowd into a lather, then the power went out for a few moments. They recovered, the power came back, Aaron let loose the braids and all the hipsters danced the bad vibes away. They closed the set with Silver City and happiness prevailed.

Ghostland Observatory @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Ghostland Observatory @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Neko Case - Sasquatch 5-26-07

Good golly I love Neko and so happy to see Kelly Hogan looking and sounding beautiful on the main stage. A short set, and we missed her bassist who suffered broken ribs in a car accident and could not perform. Neko and Kelly sang beautifully and left me wanting more. I could have used more songs from Blacklisted but was thrilled to hear Set Out Running... every time I see her she sings it, and every time I get goosebumps.

Two special notes to Neko: please please play Whip the Blankets live. I love it. Seriously. Also, you rocked the plaid shorts!
Neko Case @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Neko Case @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Hold Steady - Sasquatch 5-26-07

The Hold Steady began our day at Sasquatch early at the Main Stage. They led off with Stuck Between Stations and brought the rock to a full set of goodness. A small crowd but we all sang along. My favorite moment: Craig Finn's enthusiastic "33 forever!" Makes me almost excited to be turning 33 this year.
Hold Steady @ Sasquatch 5-26-07
Hold Steady @ Sasquatch 5-26-07

Saturday, May 26, 2007

White Stripes Coming to Wyoming

As part of their plan to play in all 50 states, the White Stripes announced a visit to Wyoming this fall. They'll be performing in Jackson, a lovely town for sure, but a hell of a long way from Laramie. No matter, I'll see you there!

White Stripes Fall Tour Dates:
September 4 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
September 5 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
September 6 - Lincoln, NE - Pershing Center Auditorium
September 7 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Auditorium
September 8 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
September 10 - Jackson Hole, WY - Snowking Center
September 11 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center Theatre
September 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The "E" Center
September 13 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
September 15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
September 16 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
September 19 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
September 21 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
September 24 - Anchorage, AK - William A. Egan Civic Center
September 26 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom
September 27 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Friday Night - Girl Talk

Friday's best bet for Wyoming folks who wanna get their dance on: Girl Talk at the Bluebird in Denver. I'd be there myself if I weren't pining away for Ad Rock in Seattle.

Westword interview here.

Girl Talk remixes Grizzly Bear here.
[thx to music for kids who can't read good]

One Lonely Beastie I Be

There's a secret Beastie Boys show tomorrow night at the Crocodile Cafe (thank you for asking about the capacity. 550 freaking people).

Did I get tickets? No. Some other people did.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Silversun Pickups Announce Denver Date

LA guitar heroes and 90s revivalists Silversun Pickups return to Denver for a show at the Ogden July 30th. I'll definitely be there, and if the crowd reacts anything like they did at the Hi-Dive this winter, it will be a high energy show indeed.

Silversun Pickups U.S. tour dates:
June 6, WFNX's Best Music Poll 2007 @ Lansdowne St / Boston, MA
June 8, KJEE's Seaside Beach Ball @ Ventura Country Fairgrounds / Ventura, CA
June 9, Live 105's BFD 07 @ Shoreline Amphitheatre / Mountain View, CA
June 10, KWOD’s Summer Buzz @ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium / Sacramento, CA
June 29, WLUM's Summerfest Stage / Milwaukee, WI
July 27, Capitol Hill Block Party / Seattle, WA
July 29, In The Venue / Salt Lake City, UT
July 30, Ogden Theatre / Denver, CO
August 1, Slowdown / Omaha, NE
August 3, Lollapalooza / Chicago, IL

And footage from last year's Block Party... I wonder if I can justify another Seattle trip in July. Gotta love the Block Party: small crowds, lots of beer. Also, watch for the one dancing guy in the video. Obviously not from Seattle ;-)

Sasquatch Saturday Schedule

A bit distracted from other responsibilities today by Sasquatch plans.

Here's my tentative plan for Saturday:
1:30 Hold Steady
3:40 Neko Case
4:40 Ghostland Observatory
5:50 Grizzly Bear
9:15 Arcade Fire
11:00 Bjork

This lineup almost too good to be true. And Arcade Fire and Bjork = on my lifelist of bands to see, I simply can't wait!

A special Grizzly Bear treat courtesy of Daytrotter: He hit me and it felt like a kiss

Monolith coming to Red Rocks!

The most exciting music news I've heard in some time out here in the Mountain West... Red Rocks hosts the Monolith Music Festival September 14-15.
Most excited about Ghostland's return to Denver. At the Hi-Dive last fall, they played as though there were 5000 screaming fans in front of them rather than the 50 extremely pleased and surprised fans gathered round the stage. They even stayed for chat and photos after the show. I love me some GLO and can't wait to see them at Red Rocks.
[thx to Cause=Time and The Denver Post for Monolith news!]

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What Could Have Been: Hold Steady + Heartless Bastards

I'm still in shock that I missed last night's show. The Hold Steady and the Heartless Bastards at the Ogden. What a perfect combo! Without work and budget constraints, I would have been front and center sipping my Jamesons and singing along. Sigh.

I'll comfort myself with a video of darling Erika and the rest of the Heartless Bastards singing the song that made me fall in love with Tim Riggins.

Plus some great lines about kissing Christians and my beloved MPLS:
Hold Steady live on the Current.