Concert Reviews

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?" 
   

Tommy Emmanuel | 10.12.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Sunday, 21 October 2007 13:45

greattommyphoto.jpgAt one point Emmanuel was scat singing while playing the bass line and chords with his left hand and simulating the sounds of a jazz drummer with his right hand on the face of the guitar.
 

The Smithereens | 10.06.07

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Saturday, 13 October 2007 12:53

live_smithereens.jpgWith his down-to-earth, genuine, non-rockstar-like demeanor, Dinizio makes it easy to forget that he has written some of the most perfect pop songs of the '80s and '90s.

 

 

 

 

   

Phil Lesh & Friends | 10.02.07

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Written by Amy Burger Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:02

lesh.jpgThis year's lineup of "Friends" was pretty much all new, aside from Molo and Lesh; and just knowing there would be no Warren Haynes was a letdown in advance.
 

Ryan Adams | 10.05.07

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Written by Raymee Holshouser Tuesday, 09 October 2007 14:08

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Adams, like handing a pacifier to a baby, played a few songs off the latest disc, Easy Tiger "Good Night Rose," "Two" and "Everybody Knows" were crowd favorites, despite Adams' making sure the audience knew it was out of obligation.

   

Melvins | 09.26.07

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Written by David Lichius Monday, 08 October 2007 14:52

melvins.jpgIt turned out that Kurt Cobain really was on to something: Melvins rocked and I had heckled them. Amends had to be made. Apologies were in order.
 

King Thief | A Photographer's Perspective

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Written by Angie Knost Monday, 08 October 2007 02:24

kingthief_sm.jpgThere are bands I enjoy seeing live, and there are bands that my camera loves; King Thief fits both bills.

 

   

Heaven & Hell: Alice Cooper & Queensryche | 09.23.07

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 04 October 2007 12:58

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Setting up the stage for Alice Cooper simply has to be a bizarre gig for a rock roadie. Okay, now the gallows goes here, the swords go there - has anybody seen the straitjacket?

 

Animal Collective | 09.24.07

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 01 October 2007 13:56

animal_collective.jpgHaving never seen them live, I was a little nervous to break my Animal Collective show cherry, after having heard all kinds of stories about how they often play one older album all the way through for a show, and things like that.
   

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