Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Setting concert priorities for October

As you might guess, Laramie weather turns unpredictable this time of year. This week we went from flip-flops to boots. Last night I could smell the chimneys on my evening walk, keeping everyone cozy for the 30 degree night.

What does this have to do with music? Around about now, we Laramigos need to think carefully about what shows warrant a 2 hour drive south to Colorado in possibly (likely) crappy conditions.

June snow in Laramie

So please, take a look at the list below, and tell me what I cannot miss. And what I'm forgetting.

October at the Larimer Lounge offers many pleasures:
10/1 The Little Ones
10/5 Bat for Lashes
10/9 Earl Greyhound
10/12 Dr. Dog
10/13 White Rabbits
10/19 Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
10/20 Earlimart
10/23 Caribou
10/27 Kinski

At the Hi-Dive:
10/11 John Vanderslice w/ Bishop Allen
10/12 Matthew Dear's Big Hands w/Mobius Band
10/16 Scout Niblett
10/17 Stars of Track and Field

At the Bluebird:
10/2 Midlake
10/3 Deerhoof
10/12 Jose Gonzalez
10/16 Shout out Louds
10/19 Rogue Wave
10/23 The Pipettes
10/31 The Raveonettes

The Gothic has a nice slate:
10/2 Hot Hot Heat w/ De Novo Dahl
10/6 The Gourds
10/12 Lucero
10/22 Polyphonic Spree
10/29 Minus the Bear w/ Helio Sequence and Grand Archives

To the Ogden, I ask where are the good bands? One in a month?
10/26 Architecture in Helsinki

For Boulder shows, the Fox brings:
10/4 Klaxons w/ Hot IQs
10/13 Lucero
10/28 Menomena!

And at the Boulder Theater:
10/25 Public Enemy
10/29 and 10/30 Gogol Bordello

The Aggie in Ft. Collins:
10/22The seemingly omnipresent Aesop Rock

Next up, November... even better shows, worse weather. Sigh.

Update! I forgot the Fillmore:
10/14 Interpol w/ the Liars
10/27 Devotchka
10/28 Jesus and Mary Chain

Live Preview: Metric September 28th

Friday at the Bluebird, Emily Haines brings her band to Denver.

I like Metric, and heard good things about them live, but wasn't feeling the pull of this show until I read this review of their performance at Webster Hall this week:
The half-Canadian, half-American quartet have a few albums that, while good, suffer from filler. Live-wise, the filler becomes substance and the quality becomes the stuff of pure excellence. The band's 3 best songs - "Monster Hospital", "Combat Baby", and "Dead Disco" - shook the club. I mean it. The club literally shook. The crowd would have been dancing all performance long too if it wasn't for the hypnotic light show (it cannot be underplayed how perfect the lighting was) and the presence of Ms. Haines. To sum up Emily in a sentence: She's Madonna if Madonna was a talented musician.

Yikes! Those of you with no Friday night plans, get to the Bluebird! Need more convincing? Another loving review of the Webster Hall show here.

Of course, I'm hearing a lot of good about the Aliens at the Larimer Lounge that night, too. Let me know what you thought if you go, I'm curious!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Spoon -- The Billy Joel of indie rock?

Spoon at Monolith

I heard Spoon on KCRW today and thought I was hearing Billy freaking Joel. Take a listen yourself and try to deny it...

Spoon - The Underdog [via anyone's guess]
Spoon - You got Yr Cherry Bomb [via panda toes]

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks

The bill last night made me believe in a kind and all-knowing God. LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire together at Red Rocks = my dream show!

LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Our traveling caravan were mostly new to James Murphy's eloquence and mad beats, but they all came away loving LCD Soundsystem.

And in no surprise, Arcade Fire delivered the goods.
Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
The light show looked brilliant against the rocks.

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Haiti remains one of my favorites live.

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Whenever Regine heads to the drum kit, I start to freak out in anticipation of Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Oh to be in the front rows! Win toured the crowd twice!

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Wake Up proved transcendent and a perfect end to the evening.

Flaming Lips @ Red Rocks 9-17-07

The Flaming Lips deserve their own post, with the best visuals of Monolith. I will never guess how Wayne Coyne knew that I could use a confetti bath, let alone moments of darkness and quiet in the midst of a rock and roll show, but I send him my thanks.

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Monolith -- Saturday pictures

Saturday at Monolith offered the best kind of festival experience. I got a chance to see a ton of awesome bands for the first time and in a beautiful venue to boot.

Red Rocks @ Monolith 2007
The skyline reminded my co-pilot of a joke from Tad during their Red Rocks show approximately one million years ago: "Joining us, on that precipice, Richie Sambora on lead guitar!"

The Laylights, Monolith 2007
We started the day with Denver band The Laylights. They sounded terrific and looked quite fashionable in their vests. The generous gents followed the show by bestowing free EPs to the audience.

Bob Log III, Monolith 2007
Having missed Bob Log III at Laramie's own Buckhorn Bar, we completely enjoyed his wayward banter and slippery guitar at Red Rocks.

Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Monolith 2007
Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Monolith 2007
After catching a short bit of the Little Ones' set, we watched Margot and the Nuclear So & So's on the main stage. What energy on the drums! And lovely songs for a sunny afternoon.

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Monolith 2007
Brian Jonestown Massacre delivered a predictable meltdown. Debate ensued about whether Anton brings more rock or schtick, but when they were playing and not tuning the band sounded tight and melodic.

Matt & Kim, Monolith 2007
I came into Matt & Kim's show cynical about all the SXSW reports of their unflappable enthusiasm. Guess what? It's all true! They proved themselves truly sweet, good-natured and all around adorable, thanking the universe for bringing them to "show heaven" at Red Rocks.

Art Brut, Monolith 2007
None of my photos adequately demonstrate the true intensity and delight of Art Brut's live performance. Again I doubted the hype, as the album did not rock my socks, but man oh man the live show! Please, if Art Brut plays near you, buy tickets. You will not regret seeing the funniest front man touring today.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Monolith -- Friday pictures

Gearing up for another day of awesome music, but a short report... So far all of the bands have started on time (!), the bathroom lines are reasonable (!), and the sound is amazing. I've seen Ghostland and the Decemberists at other festivals, and both bands benefited yesterday from the amazing sound quality at Red Rocks.

Red Rocks, Monolith 2007
We arrived rather early, allowing plenty of time to meander and strategerize and watch Colin Meloy take some photos of Red Rocks.

Everything Absent or Distorted, Monolith 2007
With energy to burn, a killer horn section and a shoutout to Cheyenne, local faves Everything Absent or Distorted were one of the day's favorites.

Ghostland Observatory, Monolith 2007
Ghostland always brings full energy to a performance. They never fail to make the cool kids dance. And again my mind wandered to Aaron's pants. Where does a person buy such tight, perfectly fit jeans? Amazing.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Monolith 2007
To Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, I said "meh".

Kings of Leon, Monolith 2007
The Kings of Leon offered a tight LOUD show. This drummer amazed me by blowing bubbles and drumming at the same time. My mother likes to point out that I can't walk and chew gum.

More pics and reports from Saturday to come!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Oh noes! White Stripes cancel

A Wyoming show had to be too good to be true. All of the White Stripes U.S. fall tour dates are canceled, including the 9-30-07 date in Jackson Hole.

From their web site:
The White Stripes announced today that they are canceling their forthcoming tour due to health issues. Meg White is suffering from acute anxiety and is unable to travel at this time.

The White Stripes sincerely apologize to their fans. 'We hate to let people down and are very sorry.'

Fans can obtain refunds for their tickets at point of purchase.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pipettes are coming!

The polka dottie hotties arrive at the Bluebird October 23rd.

The Pipettes - 2007 U.S. Tour Dates
Oct 2 - Park West Chicago
Oct 3 - Magic Stick Detroit
Oct 4 - Beachland Tavern Cleveland
Oct 5 - Opera House Toronto
Oct 6 - Petit Campus Montreal
Oct 8 - The Flimore @ Irving Plaza New York
Oct 9 - Paradise Rock Club Boston
Oct 10 - 9.30 Club (early show) Washington DC
Oct 11 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia
Oct 13 - TBC Pittsburgh
Oct 15 - Exit/In Nashville
Oct 16 - Vinyl Atlanta
Oct 17 - WorkPlay Theater Birmingham
Oct 18 - The Parish @ House Of Bluews New Orleans
Oct 19 - The Parish Austin
Oct 20 - TBC San Antonio
Oct 21 - Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues Dallas
Oct 23 - Bluebird Theatre Denver
Oct 25 - Avalon Los Angeles
Oct 29 - Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco
Oct 31 - Wonder Ballroom Portland
Nov 1 - Crocodile Cafe Seattle

[via brooklynvegan]

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Bumbershoot Blues

Gosh I hate to miss Bumbershoot. Labor Day weekend feels empty without standing in line to see some awesome music at Seattle Center.

If you were lucky enough to go, tell me all about it in the comments!

Lots of good photos and reports coming on the interwebs from
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