Concerts you have coming up

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Postby Jirin » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:39 am

Looking forward to Janelle Monae next weekend.

Is she as visual a stage performer as she seems she might be based on her themed work?

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Postby prosecutorgodot » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:17 am

Jirin wrote:Looking forward to Janelle Monae next weekend.

Is she as visual a stage performer as she seems she might be based on her themed work?

I think you're going to love it, but at the same time don't want to raise your hopes too high... :music-listening:
(well I loved it)

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Postby Nick » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:09 am

Seeing Radiohead tomorrow! Extremely excited.

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Postby carlos74 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:36 pm

I was also in Mad Cool. This is what I could see:

Eels: It was not bad but I like it more on the albums. More rock band than I expected.

Lali Puna: I did not know this group, I only saw them for a while while resting and it was a small revelation. They were on the electronic stage but they sounded more like dream pop to me. I have yet to hear some album.

Leon Bridges: Great concert, more danceable than the albums. "River" seemed like a classic. Old School Soul, I left with the feeling of having seen a future great star.

Tame Impala: They sounded huge, like a stadium band. I did not like that on the screens they showed psychedelic images instead of the group, from far away you could not see anything.

Pearl Jam: I bought the tickets for them, "Vitalogy" was the first CD I had, my mother gave it to me for my birthday! The setlist was ideal, with all the classics. Vedder have not the voice of the first years but seeing them was like fulfilling a dream. The best.

Japandroids: Wow! Tremendous, pure rock and roll.

Perfume Genius: After his last two albums I went with many expectations and they did not disappoint me. Melodramatic pop, another great singer who can be a star.

Arctic Monkeys: The big disappointment, boring. Too much ballad to the piano. I don't like his last album.

Franz Ferdinand: They saved the day with a concert full of hits, super danceable, the opposite of the Monkeys. Great.

Queens of the Stone Age: For me after PJ the big concert was this one. Josh exuded charisma and attitude and refused to play if they did not open the fences of the VIP area to the rest of the people.

Depeche Mode: I liked seeing them because they are a myth, but I think they had the bad luck to play between QOTSA and NIN and at their side they sounded soft. I do not think it was his best night.

Nine Inch Nails: Despite not being a fan I recognize that his concert was very powerful. The closing with "Hurt" was perhaps the best moment of the festival.

In general I left with a bittersweet feeling about the festival. I think that was badly organized. Many great artists played at the same time and I could not see them: YLT, Sampha, Alice in Chains, Black Rebel Motorcycle, Future Islands.

In addition the enclosure was very small and according to the zone the sound of some and others overlapped. Massive Attack canceled for that, although fortunately I had seen them years ago.

Endless queues, high prices... Maybe I'm too old for this, I think it's been my last festival.

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Henry » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:47 am

The War on Drugs at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA on 9/11.

It will be a change for me to see a band that started playing in the last decade or two.

If anyone else has seen the band perform recently, please provide your take on the highlights of the show and anything I should focus on.

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Postby luvulongTIM » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:12 am

Just for the fact they always keep their concerts for a very reasonable price I love and plan on seeing Shonen Knife on October 5th at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. It’s in a shady neighborhood so let’s pray I see the entire show this time around.
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Postby Dexter » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:45 am

carlos74 wrote:I was also in Mad Cool. This is what I could see...

I was there too. It was my first festival and I was overall very pleased with it. The problems regarding the queues at the entrance on the first day, transportation back to the city center, and the lines for beer and water, are just minor when in the end the music delivers. Excellent sound stage, a VIP section section that's worth the price, and hands down best line-up this year. The bands I got to watch: PJ, NIN, QOTSA, Depeche Mode, Justice, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, Kasabian, Dua Lipa, At the Drive In, delivered while Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol, Jack Johnson were so-so. The only major gripe I had was that they should have done QOTSA-DM-NIN in one main stage (I mean I know the line-up will result in clashes but this was very doable), instead I had to watch DM from afar, that and leaving Franz Ferdinand to watch Massive Attack only to arrive at an empty stage.

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Jirin » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:49 pm

Seeing Saint Etienne, winner of last year’s BMAA.

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Postby Henry » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:46 am

The War on Drugs did a very good job tonight at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The wall of sound worked for the most part and the vocals were thankfully tuneful, if not always discernible. The Fox Theater seemed to deal well with the sound which was bit over-amplified for me.

At times the guitarist seemed to emulate a few predecessors including Flock of Seagulls, XTC, Journey and The Cure. At other times, the band sounded a bit like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty. I was unable to discern guitar efforts that reminded me of Mark Knopfler, but occasionally the vocal phrasing was similar to Dire Straits.

Now for the nitpicks:

There were a couple of songs that were too repetitious, and some ambient portions of songs that didn't do much for me.

The Dylan vocal patterns are obvious, and I would prefer to hear vocal presentations with a more varied set of cadences.

The synth portions were occasionally unnecessarily distracting and at other times reminded of The Human League. I was not especially impressed by the saxophone bits or the drummer. My least favorite element was the harmonica.

Unfortunately, I don't think my daughter and son-in-law were overly-impressed. My daughter indicated that she preferred Jack White.

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Jirin » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:24 pm

I wish venues would make it easier to find the stage schedules. I think they intentionally make it hard because the earlier you arrive relative to the performance, the more they expect you to spend and I bet they have exact statistics for that. But it's obnoxious if it's a standing room event and standing up straight for long periods of time without moving around causes you lower back pain.

Saint Etienne was awesome but this affected the enjoyability because the published time turned out to be the door time and they went on an hour and a half later.

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Postby Listyguy » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:33 pm

Listyguy wrote:I'm going to Paul Simon's final concert in Queens in September. Who knows if it will actually be his last show (he's currently on a "farewell tour"), but I'm excited to see him regardless.


This was last night. Great show from Mr. Simon. He only played five Simon and Garfunkel tunes, which is my only real complaint because everything he did perform was excellent.

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Postby Henry » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:51 am

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was once again a great success for the attendees.

Graham Nash was vocally brilliant and interacted wonderfully with the audience.

Los Lobos was superb, but should consider dropping the accordion songs.

Hurray for Riffraff was very good, but too much spoken words in some of their songs was a bit annoying.

Glorietta was a pleasant surprise.

I'm with Her performed well, but their music was not that exciting for me.

Steve Forbert's vocals were a bit weak, but at least somewhat serviceable.

I wasn't that interested in Gomez and Ani Difranco's vocals were a bit pitchy IMHO.

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Postby FrankLotion » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:31 pm

About to see Spoon in Dallas, hopefully I won’t die from the heat! :D

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Rob » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:14 pm

I had two concerts last week. Two very different ones.

The first was John Carpenter. Yes, the director of horror and action movies who peaked in the seventies and eighties. He composed the scores for most of his films himself and now tours with them. He also released a series of two albums in the last few years called Lost Themes, "music for the movies in your head" as he described them in concert. They are hard to separate from his actual soundtrack material. Despite the fact that these songs are new they sound like the nineties, zeroes and tens never happened. He is shamelessly dedicated to an old-fashioned, synthesizer meets classic rock guitar sound. There is no grandstanding here, no virtuosity, hardly any skill involved. These are blunt spectacle pieces, based on a simple hook that gets repeated with little variety. And oddly enough it works. The songs were kept short, but all where so full of bombast and power that you just had the feeling you were in the middle of some cheap schlock movie that just happened to be well directed. The use of clips (with focus on murder and action) helped a lot. It was a very fun night, with Carpenter himself very comfortable in his role as sleezy horror show presenter.

Two days later I saw Beach House, one of the great bands of the last decade, with at least three great albums (Teen Dream and Bloom of course, but I'd add Devotion to that trio too) and several very good ones (I know most call 7 one of the greats, but perhaps at a later date I will post somewhere why after some 10 listens it still hasn't struck me deeply). The concert was a rather mixed affair. Some of the tracks from 7 just felt too overdone. On album they already seem a wall of sound, sometimes to a fault, which live sometimes can come across as a mess. And a mess is exactly not what you come for at a Beach House concert. Most older tracks fared better for being lighter, but they completely ruined Myth somehow. That one even sounded amateurish live. It seems they can't always keep up with their own material once there is more going on. Yet when a song hit, it hit really well. The usually underrated Gila was pure atmosphere, Space Song was as wonderful as I hoped and PPP remains a gem, as is Whispers. How has other people's experience on this forum with Beach House been? I came away somewhat disappointed, despite some high points.

A duo named Wume opened for Beach House. I'd never heard of them before. They are a duo consisting of a guy producing electronic dance music on his computer, while a girl plays furiously on drums, jazz style. I got a real kick out of them and secretly ended up liking their performance more than Beach House. Sadly, their only album from 2015 sounds completely different. Good, but not too remarkable.

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Henry » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:58 pm

My buddy Ron saw Beach House at The Fox Theater in Oakland recently and thought that the live show was rather tame in that the band members failed to interact with the audience and were not clearly visible during the performance.

The performance by The War on Drugs that I saw at The Fox Theater was quite good. But, the interaction of the band members with the audience was also far too limited in my view.

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Re: Concerts you have coming up

Postby Rob » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:45 am

Henry wrote:My buddy Ron saw Beach House at The Fox Theater in Oakland recently and thought that the live show was rather tame in that the band members failed to interact with the audience and were not clearly visible during the performance.


They perform with a lot of smoke and atmospheric lighting. The band members are usually a sort of silhouette this way. That's clearly a conscious decision, part of the mood. I don't mind that. The interaction was limited, but that is one thing I personally don't care that much for, especially if the music is good.

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Postby FrankLotion » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:15 am

Just saw Mitski in Dallas and it was amazing, I feel like any reservations I had about her new album evaporated after hearing it live! Also her dance moves were hilarious and incredibly endearing, I highly recommend seeing her if you can

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Postby acroamor » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:05 am

FrankLotion wrote:Just saw Mitski in Dallas and it was amazing, I feel like any reservations I had about her new album evaporated after hearing it live! Also her dance moves were hilarious and incredibly endearing, I highly recommend seeing her if you can


Seeing her tomorrow night in Atlanta! I had the pleasure of seeing her on her last tour as well. She's an absolute delight live, and I'm excited to see the new dance moves.

Her last show also was great because both Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som were her openers and I'd never heard of them, but they went on to release two of my favorite albums of 2017.


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