Concert Reviews

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

photo: Todd Owyoung,
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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


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


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.

Ana Popovic | 09.23.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 01 October 2007 12:09

anap.jpgAna's guitar seemed to enter some mystical zone, and the audience sat at rapt attention during her clear, mood-enhancing solos.

Megadeth | 09.18.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:58

mustaine.jpgFrom his beginnings as one of the founding members of Metallica, Mustaine has blown away crowds pressed to the stage with his characteristically contorted vocal lines while simultaneously nailing impossible rhythm parts.

Wilco | 09.19.07

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Written by Raymee Holshouser Wednesday, 26 September 2007 13:34

wilco0907a.jpg"We've got a long program for you tonight," said Jeff Tweedy as the band wrapped up the final bars of "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" at the finale concert of the Ninth Street Summerfest


They Might Be Giants | 09.15.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:56

tmbg-color1.jpgThe band remains as weird and witty as they were on Lincoln and Apollo 18.

Devendra Banhart | 09.13.07

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 22 September 2007 08:56

devendra.jpgImagine Slater from Dazed & Confused if he grew a beard and took off his shirt, and you've got Banhart

Rilo Kiley | 09.12.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 21 September 2007 04:42

rkheader.jpgFrom the opening notes of "It's a Hit," it was clear that Lewis was in superb voice. She caressed and modulated the words/tone of every song for maximum impact.






Harptallica | 09.10.07

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Written by Byron Kerman Monday, 17 September 2007 14:13

harptallica1Every time you hear one of those crushing Metallica power chords you love for its heaviness, newly enervated into a trill on harpstrings, you either want to laugh or sigh.

William Elliot Whitmore | 09.13.07

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Written by Glen Elkins Sunday, 16 September 2007 13:02

wew1Whitmore is just a man who has something to say, and has some songs to say it with.


Volcom Tour Featuring Riverboat Gamblers and Valiant Thorr | 09.05.07

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 14 September 2007 04:51

rbg1By the time they finished their very brief set, the entire front row of fans was soaked with the band's sweat.

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