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  1.  (6553.1)
    man....i havent been to a good show in a while

    last good band i saw was VACCINE. they played 11 minutes of fierce and intense violence in a freezing side house in the middle of the desert surrounded by miles of nothing, while about 20 of us huddled around. they were great, and it added to the desperate feeling of their music, but it was by no means a 'fun' or 'rockin' show.
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    Saw DARKEST HOUR last night. Half the crowd left after an admittedly good PROTEST THE HERO set, but they missed something fierce.
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2011
    On Monday I took my friend D., who's about to go into the Peace Corps, to see Prince at Madison Square Garden. I think we were both quite honestly enjoying the bad beer more than the show; I'd seen the purple guy before in a much more intimate setting that was more about the music than the spectacle and D. is much more into old school hip-hop and underground club music. The opener was Cee Lo Green; D. suspected seeing him was going to give him some massive cool points with all the early 20-somethings he's about to spend two years with in Zambia, even if Cee Lo sang "Forget You" instead of "Fuck You." Still, an enjoyable evening if only because D. insisted on buying all the drinks before, during, and after the show and managed to get me thoroughly shitfaced for work the next day.
  3.  (6553.4)
    Still recovering from Flogging Molly last night at the House of Blues here in Houston. Scored free VIP tickets through the job (total retail, I saved about $350 for the seven of us that I got in). Felt fancy going through the red carpet and seperate entrance with private elevator into the "Foundation Room" where the price of the drinks made up for the free tickets. Had enough whisky, that although I can tell you I enjoyed the concert, as I always do when I see Flogging Molly, I can't give you any specifics. I will say this; any time I see a band I halfway am interested in seeing at House of Blues, I'm taking as many people as I can and using the shit out of the free tickets deal we have.
  4.  (6553.5)
    I've tickets to see Band of Horses in April in Savannah, Ga. Very much looking forward to that.
    • CommentAuthorLe Dude
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
    Tickets to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor twice next week (I think it is).

    I am excited.
  5.  (6553.7)
    Just got back from a few nights in Leeds watching the Sisters of Mercy's two 30th anniversary gigs (I went to both nights). The band provided cupcakes, free postcard packs, and two nights of loud, howling, wonderful music. They sound better than they have done in a few years - the new guitarists are working out quite nicely.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
    @Le Dude, i hate you so, so, so, so, very much.

    just came home from seeing THURSDAY at the troc in philly. wonderful, wonderful performance.
  6.  (6553.9)
    Friday night my girlfriend's friend drove up and gave us two free tickets to see Devo. Maybe I'll put up some pictures later, but they put on quite a show. And I had a lot of whisky.
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2011
    Last great gig I went to was on boxing night. I'm from a small town on the North coast of Ireland, and about 150 were packed into a room with no stage to watch a relatively new-formed punk band from the area. Now I review a lot of gigs in Belfast, so had recently been feeling "Gigged-out" so to speak.

    But sweet Jesus what a night. Loud, heavy anarchic. Tons of fun.

    Had to get the train back to Belfast the next morning, severly beaten, reeking of whiskey and smiling like a cheshire cat.

    (the band are called Lantern for a Gale incidentally)
  7.  (6553.11)
    I saw Today Is The Day in Glasgow a few days back, which was the best show nobody ever saw!

    I don't really get it. They're a pretty well known and quite influential and critically appreciated band, they just seem to have no fans despite great albums and a ferociously intense live show. Last I saw them (2008 maybe) they played to about 20 people, this time to maybe 15. Of course, it didn't help that they came on stage at 10:50! Still, a short but ridiculously heavy set ensued.

    Had a wee chat with Steven Austin beforehand, he was a really nice guy and friendly as can be. I later learned that their first show of this European festival trek was to play a show at ICELAND'S ONLY MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON. I wished I'd asked him about that. I know other bands have played prisons, but there's something about their distinctive brand of metal and an Icelandic prison that makes that sound really interesting!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
    just saw Queens of the Stone Age today. they played their debut album plus b-sides and some of their hits. they rocked ass :D

  8.  (6553.13)
    Last two concerts I went to were Jenny Owen Youngs, who's music has meant a lot to me for many many years, and I got to meet her which was great, and before that I went to see Emilie Autumn who gave a kickass show despite the small venue

    I'm seeing Angelspit and Jenny Owen Youngs (again) later this week
  9.  (6553.14)
    Crippled Black Phoenix, supported by Teeth of the Sea - The Lexington, Pentonville Road, Wednesday 13th April:

    Stunning gig. Both bands have a post-rock feel, but do their own thing around that. Teeth of the Sea, who I'd never heard before, did a strong short set with a lot of panache. Crippled Black Phoenix, who I only got into the week before, blew me away.

    Details here - includes some ranting about magic, synchronicity and the remarkable Susan Hiller retrospective at the Tate Britain, so be warned!
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2011 edited
    • CommentAuthorNorbert
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2011
    Last thing I went to was a 'festivallike' tourgig of The National. They were great, as well the other acts I've seen that evening Efterklang and Owen Pallett.

    Owen Pallett rocked with just a synthesizer, violin and a set of loops.
    • CommentAuthormrmcdaniel
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2011
    Have to confess I'm not a big concert goer. Working weekends often cancels out any cool plans. The best concert I've ever been to was when I saw My Morning Jacket play at a venue in Dallas. They sound great live. And who knew that southern country rockers love to headbang?
  10.  (6553.18)
    Got to go see Band of Horses and the Avett Brothers the other week during the Savannah Music Festival. The Avett Brothers put on a phenomenal show and are a must see. The Band Of Horses, whom I usually adore, sort of flopped it. It made me a sad panda.

    Almost forgot -- I had to bail out of Bonaroo due to some inconvenient deadlines, but my brother and sister in law are going and I am sick with envy.
  11.  (6553.19)
    I'm extremely fucking excited to see Steve Ignorant on his "The Last Supper" tour -- the last time he plans on playing any Crass songs live. So fucking excited. Atlanta on the 6th. Fucking EXCITED!
  12.  (6553.20)
    got really excited that VILE GASH is actually playing in phoenix...but its an 11 am matinee on a monday? in june? in the desert????? well, wont be making that. and i am almost GLAD.