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Seeing STRFKR tonight. Been a fan for a long time and have missed them a few times, but not this time! Really geeked for the show.

 

Last show I saw was Jeff Austin (ex Yonder Mountain String Band) and he's just as spectacular as ever. Yonder has really derailed from who they are without him.

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I forgot to post about how I saw Municipal Waste, Nails and Macabre a few months ago at the Trocadero. They were all awesome. I just saw American Nightmare, Pissed Jeans, Protester, and Spiritual Cramp. These four bands pretty much represent every part of the punk spectrum.

 

Spiritual Cramp is a pretty unknown band but I love their stuff. It's kinda garage rock and kinda post-punk. The reason why they were so great is because they're a punk band with a motherfucking TAMBOURINE PLAYER! This guy with sunglasses literally just jumps around and plays a tambourine. He was really getting into it during the song "Wrecking Machine" and his first tambourine shattered, but luckily he had three.

 

The next band was Protester, and they're a thrashy straight-edge hardcore band. Very raw and intense. Their front man is great. I heard some of their albums but I'm not extremely familiar with them. The albums don't really compare to how good they are live.

 

Pissed Jeans were the main reason I went to the show. They're a noise rock/hardcore/"grunge" type band, although lately they've bordered on sludge metal. They were fantastic when I saw them last year and they're still playing a lot of songs from their new album Why Love Now, which is their best album by far. Their sound was thicc and sludgy as always and it was absolutely euphoric. I personally think it was the best show of the night. They played some of their older songs later in the set and that really made the crowd go crazy.

 

American Nightmare was really great. They're a melodic hardcore punk band. They released their new album today and about half of their set was new tracks. I don't know, I personally loved the new songs but the crowd didn't seem to really be vibing with it. They played all their classics though, and those are songs that were pretty much designed to be played live. My voice is completely shot from singing the lyrics. Wesley's stage presence was top notch and it was a memorable show. It's great seeing an older band still kick ass.

 

Shout out to Joe Hardcore. The next show I'm seeing is IDLES!

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Went to the Music Frozen Dancing winter block party outside of the Empty Bottle on 2/17 to catch a free Oh Sees show. Outdoor music in Chicago during winter, especially with snow, is neat.

 

Totally missed the memo on that one, but I was out of town anyways... sounds like an awesome time! Love the Empty Bottle - even more now that we're without the DoubleDoor.

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I saw IDLES at PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art) last Sunday. Dark Blue was the opener, and they're a fantastic local post-punk/jangle pop type band. IDLES played with a ridiculous amount of energy and it was incredible to witness them in such a small venue. They played perfectly, the guitarists were jumping into the crowd, it was totally crazy, and it was hands down one of the best shows I have ever been to. The audience was also totally awesome. At the end of the night I was completely drenched in sweat and my voice was destroyed. Markit aneight filmed the whole show and uploaded it, and I urge everyone to at least check out IDLES playing

. The same channel uploaded the Dark Blue set as well.
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Saw Dean Ween Group and Keith Kenny at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland last night - great show!

 

I had never heard of Keith Kenny before, but have a feeling that we all might be hearing more about him in the future. Guy has obvious talent and absolutely shreds on guitar.

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Clan of Xymox last night.

 

Sellout at Elysium Austin.

 

Amazing, amazing set (even without "Blind Hearts").

 

and got to hang with them after the set for a bit too

 

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^ They sound a lot like Depeche Mode - but that's never a bad thing, right?

 

Looks like it would have been a great show - will have to check this band out!

 

classic band around since early 80's.

 

if you hit any of the "alternative" dance clubs. .you should recognize a bunch of the songs

 

two of the other early BIG club hits:

 

(as you can tell, "Twist of Shadows" the 2nd album, was a BIG breakthru for them on the darkwave/club scene)

 

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Caught the tour of Knocked Loose, Terror, Jesus Piece, and Year of the Knife in Phoenix last week. Every one of these bands absolutely ripped. It's awesome how much energy Terror still plays with and how easily they can get every person in a packed venue moving, they are true legends. K//L is probably my favorite band at the moment and they were stupid good live. If you're into heavy music and haven't checked these guys out yet do yourself the favor, they're gonna be the biggest band in the world.

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Caught the tour of Knocked Loose, Terror, Jesus Piece, and Year of the Knife in Phoenix last week. Every one of these bands absolutely ripped. It's awesome how much energy Terror still plays with and how easily they can get every person in a packed venue moving, they are true legends. K//L is probably my favorite band at the moment and they were stupid good live. If you're into heavy music and haven't checked these guys out yet do yourself the favor, they're gonna be the biggest band in the world.

I would have gotten tickets for the date in Philly tomorrow, but I'm going to be with my family on Easter and it's already sold out anyway. Knocked Loose is pretty cool, but Jesus Piece is a band I REALLY want to see live, and I've heard great things about Terror. It's good to hear they all put on a great show.

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Saw Brad Paisley last night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. It was a last minute thing, as my sister texted me Friday night asking me if I had any interest in going. It was a really good show. Brad was really good and so were the opening acts Lindsay Ell, Chase Bryant, and Dustin Lynch

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saw Front 242 last night in an amazing show (only Texas date this leg of the tour).

 

absolutely KILLER setlist, with the 2 "big" hits, but otherwise, mainly from 1st 2 albums, the old school fans were very pleased.

 

(no "Tragedy for You" tho. . . they had been playing it, but didn't at Austin show. . instead we got "Quite Unusual" "Funkadafi" and "U-men". . which they had not been playing. . so no complaint from me at all).

 

took a lot of pics, but here are my favorites.. .they sold out the Mohawk, which holds ~1500 on several tiered levels. . of course, I was right up front

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and since they didn't play it. . for those not familiar w/ Front 242, here's that song (a good representation of the kind of music)

 

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and the "big" club hit - "Headhunter"

 

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another killer show last night: Covenant

 

 

loudest show I've been to in a long time, so thank goodness I had my earplugs with (always bring just in case, and actually needed them last night).

 

lots of smoke/fog & light effects, make it hard to get good pics, but think I got some good ones.

 

and as always, if you're not familiar with this brilliant Swedish band, here are my two favorite songs:

 

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^ I want the t-shirt!!! Great photos of yourself with the guys, and onstage, Bert!

 

I restrained myself to NOT buy another black T-shirt, but did buy both CDs (special editions) they had on sale.

 

too funny, was hanging out talking to them and taking pics, and my friend Jennifer says "you aren't going to get a CD signed?". .and I was like. . . oh. . guess I should.

 

LOL

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I went to 3 concerts in the past 3 weeks, so there’s a lot to report.

 

Kill Your Idols, Fireburn, Violent Society, Berthold City, and Please Die! at Underground Arts: Please Die! is a Philly hardcore punk band reminiscent of bands like Negative Approach, Negative FX, Agnostic Front, etc, and they’re always great. Berthold City is a new straight edge hardcore band, and they already have some great anthemic songs, and they perform with tons of energy. Violent society is an old street punk-type band. I wasn’t very familiar with them but they were good. Kill Your Idols is probably best described as a melodic hardcore/punk band and they were the main act. Fireburn is a hardcore punk/reggae supergroup with Todd Youth (AMAZING bassist from a bunch of NYHC bands) and Israel Joseph I (AWESOME vocalist who sang for the Bad Brains for a short time), and they were the band I wanted to see the most. They were fantastic. There’s a lot of Bad Brains influence obviously, but at points they remind me of NoMeansNo (mainly due to Youth’s style of bass playing) and the reggae songs reminded me more of the UK Subhumans and Citizen Fish than Bad Brains.

 

Ty Segall and the Freedom Band and Long Hots at the Trocadero: Long Hots are a garage rock/post punk-ish band, and they were decent. Ty Segall played one of the best performances I have ever seen. Everyone should know who he is, but if you don’t, he plays psychedelic rock/noise rock. The Freedom Band is his backing band for this tour/new album (which is great BTW). He played a lot of new stuff but also played some songs from Emotional Mugger and some older albums. Ty and the other guitarist in his band are really excellent and there were tons of fantastic solos. The set was also pretty long.

 

Jeff Rosenstock, Martha, and Bad Moves at Union Transfer: A singer/songwriter guy played first, but I didn’t know who he was. Bad Moves, and especially Martha, were really solid pop punk bands and they put on great performances. Jeff Rosenstock is THE pop punk/punk rock/emo/ska punk/whatever god. His band played almost every song from Post and Worry, but didn’t neglect the older stuff either. We were all singing as loud as we could, the crowd was super energetic, Jeff and the rest of the band were giving it their all, and it was truly a magical performance. I was never so emotional at a concert, and it was one of the best things I ever saw/heard. Also they walked onstage to this, which was absolutely hilarious since I already knew this meme but wasn’t expecting it at all:

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I went to Sunday of the local rock festival and watched sets from Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Bullet for My Valentine, Wolf Alice, and Turnstile. Foo Fighters were great as expected, but Turnstile was a surprise, those guys got after it and were pretty impressive.

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I went to Sunday of the local rock festival and watched sets from Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Bullet for My Valentine, Wolf Alice, and Turnstile. Foo Fighters were great as expected, but Turnstile was a surprise, those guys got after it and were pretty impressive.

I LOVE Turnstile and I can’t wait to see them this weekend. I saw the schedule for the festival you’re talking about and noticed that Queens of the Stone Age and Baroness played at the same time. I think you made the right choice seeing QOTSA, but that would have been a painful decision for me to make.

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I went to Sunday of the local rock festival and watched sets from Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Bullet for My Valentine, Wolf Alice, and Turnstile. Foo Fighters were great as expected, but Turnstile was a surprise, those guys got after it and were pretty impressive.

I LOVE Turnstile and I can’t wait to see them this weekend. I saw the schedule for the festival you’re talking about and noticed that Queens of the Stone Age and Baroness played at the same time. I think you made the right choice seeing QOTSA, but that would have been a painful decision for me to make.

 

Yeah there were quite a few schedule overlaps that kinda sucked. Thrice was on the same time as Turnstile, Clutch and Wolf Alice. I'm not a huge fan of any of those so on one hand it's cool the drop in for a few minutes of each band but was probably frustrating to people who are fans and had to pick one or the other.

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