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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ The Metro (Chicago) last night.

 

I was trying to go last minute but it was sold out. Weh.

 

Trentemoller in New York @ Irving Plaza a few weeks ago. tom and his computer opened. Really great show.

 

NE-HI @ Empty Bottle. With Double Door closed, this is the best venue in Chicago IMO.

 

Haywyer @ Concord (Chicago) was a surprisingly good show. Didn't know much about the guy, just wanted to go see a DJ and he gracefully marries DJing with his superb piano skills.

 

DRAM came through for the first time since 2015. He's gotten huge since then and of course put on a great show. His smile is infectious. Of course Chance made an appearance.

 

I'm very very very very very very excited for deadmau5's tour to stop in Chicago on May 4/5. Can't wait to see the new cube so of course I got tickets for both shows.

 

The music scene in Chicago is bursting at the seams and I totally blame it for stealing my attention at theme parks. Can't wait for festival season.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ The Metro (Chicago) last night.

 

I was trying to go last minute but it was sold out. Weh.

 

 

Ah, bummer- I had a spare last-minute ticket, too. It was a great show. I bet they'll be coming around here again sometime this year, because they're dropping another album in June (and supposedly 3 more on top of that in 2017). It was my first time at The Metro, which is a neat little venue.

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So I caught the Boston date of the Decibel Magazine tour and it was lit.

 

Horrendous: Aside from Matt's guitar strap coming undone, they were free of the technical issues that plagued them the last time I saw them and put on a tight, energetic, and fun performance.

Midnight: A fist-pumping good time. This was music for beer drinkers and hell-raisers and people were just lapping it up. They're the definition of a "fun" band.

Obituary: Band of the night. The Florida rednecks blew the roof off the place with a selection of cuts that mostly revolved around the new album, Slowly We Rot, and Cause of Death, and I'm amazed by how good John Tardy still sounds after all these years.

Kreator: Yeah, okay, so some more older material WOULD have been cool (where the hell was Ripping Corpse, Riot of Violence, Blind Faith, or Terror Zone?), but they brought it and also managed to really sell their modern material live (though Gods of Violence is honestly their best since Coma of Souls). They've still got it.

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5/4 - deadmau5 at Aragon Ballroom.

 

Same, and going again tonight, haha. Cube 2.0 is beyond words..

 

Ed, we're 0-2. So close.

Indeed. This was my first time at an EDM show (prepping for Electric Forest, though), and it was quite the sight to behold. The Aragon felt like an entirely different venue. Have fun tonight- I'm sure we'll run into each other eventually.

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Just came back from watching Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band play their annual gig at Madam Felle. As always I had a blast, when they get the classic rolling towards the end (Blinded by the Light, Mighty Quinn, You're the Voice, etc...) the atmosphere goes through the roof!

 

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As always there was also a guest artist. This year it was Nick van Eeede playing a couple of songs halfway through the concert, and he definitely raised the roof when playing "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight".

 

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Overall a great evening!

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ The Metro (Chicago) last night.

 

I just checked out their show on KEXP (You Tube) last night and I liked what I saw/heard. Good to see a lot of great music starting to come alive again - seems like the rock scene had been flat for a while (or I just didn't know where to go looking).

 

Really been getting more into Ty Segall lately too. My friends just saw him in Seattle a few weeks ago and they said the show was amazing.

 

My last show was the Dean Ween Group with the Meat Puppets in Cleveland last October. I really need to get out to a show soon...been too long.

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I just checked out their show on KEXP (You Tube) last night and I liked what I saw/heard. Good to see a lot of great music starting to come alive again - seems like the rock scene had been flat for a while (or I just didn't know where to go looking).

 

Really been getting more into Ty Segall lately too. My friends just saw him in Seattle a few weeks ago and they said the show was amazing.

I heartily recommend Quarters & I'm In Your Mind Fuzz by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Both great albums, and very different from one another. I might be going to catch Ty Segall when he comes by this weekend. I prefer his earlier material to the newer, but I haven't heard his very latest yet.

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^ Thank you for the suggestions...I will certainly give them a listen (and probably end up buying them).

 

My friend in Seattle that just saw Ty Segall live also prefers his earlier work, but said that the recent show that he and his wife saw was really good. So far I have Fuzz and Melted, but nothing else. It's high time to buy some more of his stuff as well as a couple new Thee Oh Sees albums.

 

You are very lucky to live where you live. While the concert scene in Buffalo has improved, it's still not quite as vibrant as Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Toronto. Looks like the closest place Ty will play on this tour to me is Pittsburgh. And of course, it's on a Sunday so that would mean taking Monday off of work (because I would obviously be too hungover).

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On Friday I saw Choking Victim on their reunion tour in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. There were also some opening acts, and it was a really great time. Here's what I thought of each of the bands:

 

Sick Shit - This band is amazing, especially live, and deserves way more praise. They played first and not many people showed up yet. It sucks, because they have excellent tracks, they have great energy, and they're extremely talented, especially the frontwoman and the drummer. Apparently they play in all different venues in NJ and PA almost weekly, so no wonder they're so tight for such a new band. One of my favorite live punk/hardcore bands right now!

 

Public Serpent - They were a lot of fun. Nice ska punk. It's a bit poppier than what I usually listen to, but they're definitely one of those bands that are way better live. My dad and my friend liked them more than I did.

 

The Brood - Awesome band. The mosh pit was only like 3-5 people at a time including myself in the middle of the empty "circle pit," but it was still fun! They played really well, and sound similar to bands like Poison Idea. They don't have many songs yet.

 

Choking Victim - Once they started, the mosh pit was going wild! They played every single song they had aside from 2 or 3, as well as 2 covers. The circle pit was awesome, and never lost momentum. Still not as physically demanding as King Gizzard's pit actually. The band still sounds great, and all their songs are classics. Everyone in the crowd also knew the lyrics, and it gave the songs an even more anthemic feel.

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^Wow, I haven't been to a punk show since high school, but Leftover Crack was my favorite band for a good stretch of time, and consequently I got into Choking Victim as well. I thought about seeing LC a year or two back, but at the same time I feel like it might've been a wise decision to back out of that one....Anyway, cool name to see in this thread!

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Caught the first night of the Devastation on the Nation tour and got to reconnect with plenty of people who I don't get to see nearly enough, plus I had an amazing time in the process.

 

Gloom: I was honestly really impressed. They were heavy, sludgy, groovy, and above all else, tight. I think it was their first tour on a big label, and they're already set to hang with the big leagues.

Dysentery: They got to go on after one of the touring acts (granted, they ARE bigger and signed to a reasonably large label) and put on a great performance like they always do because Scott is the best thing that ever happened to that band. Stood back a little bit, however, as the pit ninjas were relentless.

The Kennedy Veil: Been a minute since I saw them and got to chill with Gabe Seeber and co., and while they were great live back in 2015, they really upped their game with Monte on vocals. I'll still say that Taylor Wientjes was the better vocalist, but Monte is easily the better performer.

The Zenith Passage: In the 11 months that have passed since I last saw them, they got a new drummer and SERIOUSLY upped their performance game. They went from passable to excellent, and Greg in particular has really improved his stage presence.

Rivers of Nihil: Tight like usual and their new drummer was killing it, but Jake still needs to up his stage game (it's hard to be intimidating when you're like 5'5", but he does not move around much). Their setlist also had a few left turns; definitely wasn't expecting Birth of the Omnisavior or (sin)chronos.

Decrepit Birth: WOW. That's all that I can really say. In the three years that have passed since they last played a show, they somehow managed to hit that next level as a live act. Bill went from a decent frontman to an amazing one, and the crowd went crazy. Gabe also did a great job at doing double-duty and thankfully had a moment to rest earlier in the night as well.

Cryptopsy: None So Vile live. Enough said. Flo and Olivier also need to stop being so good at their instruments.

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Caught that Morbid Angel tour in Boston last night. WHAT. A. NIGHT.

 

Withered: Didn't move around much, but they were tight and I've always liked their music. A good warmup band.

Revocation: One of the best sets I've ever seen from them. Touring with heavier bands really brings out the best in them and the place went wild the minute they launched into Madness Opus.

Suffocation: GOD DAMN. One of the best sets I've ever seen from ANY band, let alone them. Eric has really settled into his role as their new drummer, and Kevin... damn. I still miss Frank, but I've known that kid since he was in Pyrexia and he was killing it with them. He was born for this and absolutely ruled the stage and the crowd went insane. I love that kid and I'm so happy for him.

Morbid Angel: Morbid is back. End of story. No more Evil D with his soul patch, goofy poses as he prances around the stage, and ruined harshes with cringe-inducing operatic parts needlessly mixed in. Steve Tucker has regained his rightful place in the band and it was great to see all those long-neglected songs get some love again.

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I saw Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and Judah and the Lion at Jiff Lube Live last night.

 

Judah and the Lion-We actually missed most of their set, but from what we heard, they were good.

 

Jimmy Eat World-I'm definitely glad I got the chance to see these guys. I remember listening to them a lot when I was in middle school so seeing them was great. They played my favorite songs last as well.

 

Incubus-One of my favorite bands of all time and my second time seeing them. As always they put on a great show. They sounded fantastic and never skipped a beat. Great setlist as well even though they didn't play anything off their older S.C.I.E.N.C.E album. Overall it was a great show, definitely one of my favorites.

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Headed to Pitchfork music fest today and tomorrow:

 

Today - Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, LCD Soundsystem

Tomorrow - Parliament Funk, Francis and the Lights, Madlib, S U R V I V E, Tribe Called Quest (really stoked)

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Yesterday I saw Royal Headache, Pissed Jeans, and Dark Thoughts at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, and it was a great night.

 

Dark Thoughts is a new band from Philly, and it's great 70s-style punk, sort of like a more modernized Ramones. They actually remind me of the Hanson Brothers (a NoMeansNo side project), except better. In their sets they play the tracks from their first (and so far only) album in order. They were really solid, and I can't wait to hear more from them. Their drummer is really fast and hits the ride cymbal and high hat twice as much as what's necessary it's fun to watch!

 

Pissed Jeans is by far my favorite band out of these three. The band started playing "Have You Ever Been Furniture," one of their best songs, and the vocalist immediately started throwing himself across the stage, knockeding a bunch of crap over, and started screaming his head off. Epic start! Their stage presence was great throughout their entire set, and they lost no energy. The set was a little short since they were opening for Royal Headache, but the songs they chose were great selections. At the end, the guitarist threw his guitar across the stage, filled his mouth with water and spit all over it, unplugged and kicked around his pedals creating even more feedback noises. Now this is my kinda band!

 

Royal Headache is a very different kind of band, since they're definitely not heavy, but they play with tons of passion and emotion, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, their recorded material doesn't really capture that, but they are amazing live. They played their best songs, some new songs, some slow R&B sounding songs at the end (those might have been covers, I don't know). The singer is incredible displays his pure emotions, and it's transcendent to see. I'd actually compare them to the Smiths or even the Killers during their Sams Town era, except as a punk band. He seemed to be worn out at the end and had to stop one song early, so I hope he's okay now. The crowd mostly came to see this band, so there was more moshing, while Pissed Jeans played to a crowd that had a mini 5-person pit at its most energetic, lol. From what I can find by looking up videos, it seemed like Pissed Jeans and Royal Headache put everything they had into this show, plus some. I think that was a very special performance we saw that night.

 

Tomorrow I see Negative Approach, then it's Melvins in August, then Dinosaur Jr. again in September.

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2 nights ago I saw Negative Approach with Bloodclot, Fire and Ice, Mindforce, and Please Die. It was at Underground Arts, so it was a very small and simple venue, pretty much a large basement with multiple rooms and some bars. I've never been to a show this small before, so it was pretty surreal to see such great bands up close with a smaller group of people.

 

Please Die was a good band to start off the show with. Nothing that unique or anything, but it was great thrashy hardcore punk.

 

Mindforce did an amazing job and brought their a-game. They have a bit more of a groove metal sound along with their hardcore. I definitely need to listen to them more often, especially since they have a new EP.

 

Fire and Ice was a little forgettable compared to the other bands, but still really good.

 

Bloodclot was amazing. John Joeseph is still really good, and you can really tell that the whole band are really experienced players. They have Nick Oliveri playing bass, the drummer was in a bunch of bands including Queens of the Stone Age, and the guitarist is fantastic. Great hardcore, still really solid even though they're all old.

 

Negative Approach did an amazing set. John Brannon is a rare case where his vocals got better with age. Everyone knew the lyrics so we got to mic multiple times. They played almost all of their songs, too. It was a great time.

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