Concert Reviews

Modest Mouse | 11.14.07

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 November 2007 02:14

Photo by Joanna Kleine. The band did little to rein in its musical explorations, but the extended jams felt more focused, and would often stop on a dime. A run through the hit single "Float On" was endearingly sloppy, yet the band still felt in total control throughout.

 

 

Of Montreal | 11.19.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Monday, 26 November 2007 09:34

live_ofmontreal_sm.jpgOf Montreal's exaggerated attire and stage presence perfectly represents the wackiest parts of Prince and David Bowie.

   

Sammy Hagar | 11.13.07

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Written by Ryan Parker Sunday, 25 November 2007 11:17

samusabig1.jpgOften when you see a classic rock artist performing their songs you get more of a nostalgic trip down memory lane. When Hagar performs his classic tunes, he insists his songs are as relevant today as they were thirty years ago.
 

Regina Spektor | 11.12.07

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Wednesday, 21 November 2007 09:35

live_regina_sm.jpgSpektor plays with her voice much more in concert than on her records, and tonight she scats, screeches, growls, meows, hoots, and hollers throughout the show.
   

Tori Amos | 11.09.07

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Written by Joanna Kleine Wednesday, 21 November 2007 09:29

live_tori1_sm.jpgHer lips smear blood-red lipstick on her microphone as she sings, and she's not the kind of girl to cross her legs before she sits down, or after.

 

Shaw-Blades | 11.15.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Sunday, 18 November 2007 07:57

shawblades.jpgNeither Shaw nor Blades looks any worse for wear and their vocals were as good as or better than ever. They harmonize together effortlessly. The full sound of the trio was rounded out with Will Evankovich sitting in the middle providing solid rhythms on bass and guitar and adding to the vocal harmonies.
   

The New Pornographers | 11.04.07

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Written by Mandy Jordan Sunday, 18 November 2007 07:26

nps.jpgThe show in Lawrence was the second to last date of the Canadian indie/power-pop gaggle's three-month U.S. tour (before taking an almost two-week break, then heading off to Europe for a two-week stint). Despite their obvious exhaustion, they performed a show that would (upon reflection) rival most, if not all, the shows I've seen in a decade of concert-going.
 

Gov't Mule | 11.03.07

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Written by Amy Burger Sunday, 11 November 2007 03:21

haynes3.jpgThe first set was very mellow for Mule, but showcased the outstanding musicianship of not only Haynes but Grammy nominated drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess.
   

Girl Talk | 11.08.07

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Saturday, 10 November 2007 09:07

live_girltalk.jpgWhile most of the tracks Gillis played were from 2006's Night Ripper, there were a few surprises, including a mash of Soulja Boy's "Crank That."
 

Robyn Hitchcock | 11.07.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:59

live_robynh.jpgThe thing that really blew me away, though, was his virtuoso guitar playing. This doesn't necessarily hit you when listening to the album, but Hitchcock is one amazing folk guitar player.

 

   

Old Crow Medicine Show | 11.02.07

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Written by Glen Elkins Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:57

live_oldcrow.jpgThroughout the night, charismatic lead singer Ketch Secor whipped his band into a frenzy at the drop of a hat. His sporadically bowed fiddle revels with bumblebee agility over intricately plucked banjos, guitars and double bass.

 

 

Battles | 11.03.07

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Written by Jim Mancini Saturday, 10 November 2007 08:55

live_battles.jpgThe unseen member of Battles is technology, with a laptop set up next to Braxton and various other "stuff" with knobs and dials that are continually being tweaked and adjusted throughout the performance.

 

   

Tony Bennett | 10.27.07

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Written by Byron Kerman Wednesday, 07 November 2007 09:21

live_bennett_sm.jpgSomehow, the octogenarian has kept his talent intact. He proves it with a stunt he does at each concert, singing an a cappella "Fly Me to the Moon" with the microphone shut off.

 

 

Art Brut & The Hold Steady | 10.30.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 05 November 2007 09:50

live_holdsteady.jpg"Little Brother" and "Nag" were definite highlights, with "Good Weekend" the best, and biggest crowd pleaser...all before 8:10 p.m.

 

   

Brand New | 10.21.07

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 05 November 2007 04:21

 

PHOTOS: Todd Owyoung, www.ishootshows.com. To see more, click here to visit the "Flicks" page.

Dimly lit in yellow throughout the show, the band practically looked like they were performing in a cave. When the lights weren't dim they were blasting from behind, leaving the band, for all intents and purposes, completely anonymous onstage.

 

 

Anita Baker | 10.26.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Friday, 02 November 2007 09:34

live_anitabaker.jpgThat first moment hearing her voice was enough to give me goose bumps from head to toe.

 

   

Ween | 10.22.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 31 October 2007 02:23

live_ween.jpgThe sold-out crowd at The Pageant knew Ween, alright—and they were screaming their enthusiasm at almost every song, as well as singing along with many of them.

 

 

Galactic | 10.19.07

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Sunday, 28 October 2007 05:25

galactic1007b.jpgI must come clean on something at this point. While I appreciate all branches on the musical tree, live hip hop is not my thing. I may sound like my parents here....but the MCs are always yelling at me to put my hands in the air or shout things back at them. If the crowd doesn't respond quickly or loud enough, they get all indignant. They hold the mic too close. The beats get too repetitive. 
   

Nada Surf | 10.22.07

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Sunday, 28 October 2007 05:04

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photo: Todd Owyoung, www.ishootshows.com
more photos in FLICKS

My guess is that they finally have their act down to a science, because their live set was amazing. It may have helped that I was in the front row, or perhaps that the dynamic threesome (consisting of Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, and Ira Elliot) played the best choice of songs, but I honestly believe that the group rocked so hard because they were just into it.

 

Nickel Creek | 10.23.07

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Sunday, 28 October 2007 04:57

nickelcreek1007.jpg In between songs, you got a feel for their chemistry as they joked around onstage and told anecdotes from the past, at one point, mandolinist Chris Thile taking a slight diversion into a discourse about cheese.
   

Bright Eyes | 10.19.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Saturday, 27 October 2007 10:23

brighteyes.jpg"This is sort of a selfish song—well, I guess they all are. My old tour manager has a joke that goes, ‘You want to know how Bright Eyes warms up for a show? Me Me Me Me Me Me.' I fired him."

 

Rocky Votolato | 10.15.07

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Written by Mary Murphy Sunday, 21 October 2007 14:17

rockyvchristophernelson.jpg"I'm just gonna do a couple quiet ones by myself," he said almost sheepishly, "Is that OK with everybody?" 
   

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