Thursday, August 19, 2010

Way Out West 2010: Swedish band wrap-up

Way Out West 2010
Way Out West in Gothenburg, predictably, showcased some pretty great Swedish bands. 

Miike Snow exceeded my expectations, partly due to crowd enthusiasm... although some teens told me the night before they weren't planning to see Snow because "he's Swedish, we can see him all the time, we want to see the other bands!"  My regret: not purchasing a Miike Snow t-shirt with the Swedish elk on it.

Miike Snow, Way Out West 2010

Shout Out Louds looked and sounded good and put on nice set.  Lykke Li, sadly, was not in full voice, so I abandoned her set part way through.  I do plan to try to see her again, as I think the lack of vocal power was anomalous. 

Lykke Li, Way Out West 2010

By far the biggest draw of the entire festival, Gothenburg native Hakan Hellstrom rallied the crowd of 25,000+ into a crazed singalong.  I swear that I was one of only ten people who did not know every word to his songs.  How to describe this Swedish singer in a sailor suit? Maybe a cross between Michael Franti and Wayne Newton?  Check the video below to get a better idea of his show.

As a bonus to my stay in Gothenburg, Jose Gonzalez played a free show early in the week at the local Culture Fest.  He sounded the best I've heard him, backed by the Gothenburg String Theory.

Jose Gonzales, Goteborg Culture Fest

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sleigh Bells live at Way Out West, Gothenberg Sweden

I filmed this at the Sleigh Bells club show in Gothenberg on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the Way Out West Festival.  An enthusiastic crowd, they were not super familiar with Sleigh Bells but definitely warmed up to them.  "Thank you Sweden!"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Snowy Range Music Festival

The schedule is out for the 2nd annual Snowy Range Music Festival right here in scenic Laramie, Wyoming on September 3, 4, and 5.  The cherry on top?  Mavis Staples!

The complete lineup:
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Mavis Staples
Jon Cleary
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Blinddog Smokin'
Ana Popovic
Eden Brent
Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues
Carl Weathersby
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Gino Matteo
Anders Osborne
Oli Brown
Jack Hadley
Carrie Rodriguez
The Colorado All-Stars Featuring Hazel Miller & Lionel Young

Friday, April 9, 2010

Titus Andronicus a mere 12 miles from Laramie

When I saw this photo on the Titus Andronicus myspace, I had to share with my Wyoming readers.  You'll recognize the location on the historic Lincoln highway, where the band members are posed in front of former UW art professor Robert Russin's iconic statue of Abraham Lincoln.  The spot is quite near I-80's highest point, around 8,600 feet.

And note to the boys in the band: next time you're this close to Laramie, stop in and stay awhile!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Band of Horses at the Fox Theater, Boulder

Band of Horses, Fox Theater, Boulder 3-15-10

Band of Horses began their tour March 15th with a sold out show in Boulder at one of my favorite venues.

The band sounded amazingly tight on the new material, especially so early in the tour. There were a LOT of new songs, but Ben Bridwell chose to forestall any concerns about that by saying "yeah, I know we're playing a lot of new songs, but that doesn't mean we forgot the old stuff... we're just gonna play a shitload of songs tonight". No complaints were heard from the audience.

Highlights included the General Specific, First Song and Great Salt Lake. It was particularly startling and rewarding to see how absolutely comfortable Bridwell looks on stage, how in command of the material and the audience. When I saw them at the Fox in September, 2006 Bridwell seemed a bundle of nerves, worried about disappointing, visibly hoping to get The Funeral out of the way and move onto songs the audience knew less well. What a difference 4 years on the road makes. This band has never sounded better, now is the time to see them live if you get the chance.

Crappy setlist (half-assed and written on my arm) and photos below:

Band of Horses, Fox Theater, Boulder 3-15-10

Band of Horses, Fox Theater, Boulder 3-15-10

Band of Horses, Fox Theater, Boulder 3-15-10

new song (x2)
Great Salt Lake
Weed Party
new song
Islands on the Coast
Marry Song
new song
No One's Gonna Love You
new song (x2)
Wicked Gil
Ode to the LRC
The Funeral
General Specific
First Song
Detlef Schrempf
Yo La Tengo cover

update: just realized I forgot Is There a Ghost in My House, but where in the set?  Damn memory.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ the Hi-Dive

It's not easy to pick a favorite Scottish indie band these days, but once again the boys in Jetpacks won my heart with their live show.

Playing loud as hell to a packed house at the Hi-Dive on March 6th, the Jetpacks amped up the intensity from their brief Monolith set this fall. The crowd knew all the words (another change from Monolith) and could not have been happier with the boys' performance.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Hi-Dive, Denver 3-6-10

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Hi-Dive, Denver 3-6-10

the longest winter ever

Greetings from the snowy wilds of Laramie! As is customary, this blog seems to go on a winter hiatus due to road closures and workload. [Seriously, the roads are closed as I write this... the above photo is straight from the Department of Transportation today.] I'm working out a couple concert reports to post this week that sneaked in during a confluence of good weather and spring break.

And! Tickets to the Sasquatch! Festival are purchased, marking the true beginning of spring and raising hopes for a fun summer of concert-going. Think spring...