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      CommentAuthorEmmymau
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
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    Are any other Whitechapellers going to be there? Any "you gotta see" recommendations would also be appreciated. The performance list is here.
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
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    Damnit. I'm going for the Interactive portion, but have to be back in Ohio during the music, for the second year in a row.

    If I did get to stay though, I'd try to make sure to see Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, Holly Golightly, These Arms Are Snakes, Matt & Kim, The Thermals and Fight Like Apes.

    Columbus Discount Records has a stage full of folks from my town, so I wouldn't need to see them, but you should.

    Hanging out at Emo's doesn't look like a bad bet either.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
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    Can't afford the trip. There's not a lot for me there, anyway.

    However, I can't recommend Tub Ring enough. They happen to be one of my favorite bands ever.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
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    Would love to go, but wrong side of the Atlantic and all that. Taking a look at the gig listings, if I were there I'd try to see: Roky Erikson, maybe Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Team Robespierre, maybe Herman Dune, The Asteroid #4, Gomez, Dappled Cities, Fight Like Apes, US Girls (if this is who I think it is), Dead Confederate, Andrew Bird, DEVO (???), maybe Pelican, maybe Thao, MC Frontalot, Explosions In The Sky, maybe The Handsome Family, Buck 65 ... Of course half of these are on at the same time as something else, and the best bits would be things you didn't mean to see and/or have never heard of, but some quality time with a spreadsheet might be in order.
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    theres a ton of good shit...but if im gonna make a trip to texas, i would rather go to CHAOS IN TEJAS in may.
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      CommentAuthorSonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     (5125.6)
    Brother Ali, the dudes/gal from Doomtree (including solo sets from Cecil Otter and P.O.S.), Eyedea & Abilities (these dudes are both REALLY good at what they do), I Self Devine, Plain Ole Bill, and Toki Wright will all be representing Hip-Hop where I come from. I'd say if you're going to go out of your way to see anyone: see Ali or P.O.S. But all these dudes are good. I'd say Eyedea & Abilities are probably the most underrated of the bunch.

    They're probably Rock bands from Minneapolis/St. Paul too, but I haven't heard much about it and that's lots of work to sift through all those acts.
    • CommentAuthorThomDunn
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
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    Not going, but I would strongly recommend the following acts to anyone who is:
    The Everyday Visuals-No unsigned act comes more highly recommended from me. At all. This band is absolutely phenomenal, with some very original arrangements and instrumentation. For Halloween last year, they covered "Pet Sounds" in its entirety (with some crazy cool feedback/noise stuff going on, too), and pulled it off.

    Passion Pit-almost annoyingly fun electro/dance band. I saw them at Harpoon Brewery Summer Fest last year, and I kind of wanted to hate them for their simplicity and overly poppiness...but I couldn't, because I was enjoying them too much.

    Via Audio-Just because they're on my friend's record label, and because the first time I saw them I developed the biggest crush on the singer. She is way too cute.

    Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band-Although they're signed, so not as high a priority as the above 3, Kevin Devine is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songwriters ever. His live shows especially are always intimate and interesting (especially when he changes the words to older recorded songs about his alcoholism to reflect his sobreity, which gives me shivers everytime. Of course, I was pretty drunk myself...)

    And did anyone else notice that there's a band called Whitechapel playing?
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    that band is terrible- fashion-hair modern hipster metal/ "deathcore". ick.
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      CommentAuthorRandroid
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009 edited
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    I will be hiding in my house, sharpening my knives, and waiting for all you dirty fkers to leave my town.
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    i looked at the list, and it doesnt take into account the many, many house shows, illegal shows. i would say the "must see" is to wander around an dlisten for a wailing wall of noise and yelling coming from random homes after midnight.
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      CommentAuthorExploder
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
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    Instead just go to the film festival, because the music festival is 98 percent shit bands that you won't care about next week and you'll be surrounded by assholes. The film festival is highly underrated and a lot of really good stuff gets premiered there. This year there will be a documentary about Troll 2 that promises to be pretty fun, among others.
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      CommentAuthorEmmymau
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
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    @ Exploder: Well, I'm actually covering the music festival for one of my freelancing outlets, so I didn't have a choice vs. music/film.
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      CommentAuthorRantz
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     (5125.13)
    I'll be talking about LongBox and the digital future of comics with R Stevens, Dan Goldman, Molly Crabapple and others on the 17th. Have meetings with a couple bands on the 18th who are performing, but haven't announced yet. Flying back before seeing any shows, but that is fine because I am old and get easily crabby with crowds at live gigs.
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    I wish I could go, but cant afford anything like that right now.
    Though I strongly suggest you see Doomtree and the Decemberist.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009 edited
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    If you're into arcade fire-esque indie rock with a bookish slant, check out Hallelujah the Hills, a Boston Based band. Here's a recent live set of theirs:
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    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009 edited
     (5125.16)
    It's a pretty awkward time, but if possible, you should absolutely check out the White Ghost Shivers. Aside from the fact that the 7 foot tall dude is a friend of mine, they put on a kick ass show.



    Edit - Oh oh oh! I almost forgot the Asylum Street Spankers. They're what happens when a bunch of punk musicians who are interested in old timey music start playing bluegrass. Half the songs are hilarious, but they're all damn good. They pull some of the best musicians in Austin, too.

    And I am jealous and hate each and every one of you who is going. I'll be spending that week feverishly finishing my thesis, which is due the Monday after and defended the Friday after.
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      CommentAuthorvledford
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009 edited
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    I'll be there. I've got a wristband for the music and plan to check out some of the film shows as well.


    There's so much to see and do I have no idea what to focus on. I see a decent amount of UK bands on the bill.

    @racingpenguins - white ghost shivers looks promising.. too bad they come on so late
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      CommentAuthorelement53
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
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    @ racingpenguins - Excellent recommendations! I'm the sound engineer for the Asylum Street Spankers :)

    I live in town and will be around for, but not attending the majority of shows. However, I will be playing with my acoustic group Metacoustic on Saturday the 21st at noon, and running sound for the Spankers later that night at Momo's.
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    If Brother Ali is going to be performing, then yeah, that's a CAN'T MISS, if you're into blistering hip-hop.

    The man never takes a show off or calls it in.

    Eyedea has one of the fastest deliveries of any MC right now.
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
     (5125.20)
    @element53 - nice! Do you get to go tour with them? While I'm sure they'd have as much drama as the next band, I'd imagine that it would still be pretty fun. I don't get to go to their shows much these days, but if I do, perhaps I will come over and say hello to a fellow Whitechapeler. :)