"Good music is good music, and that should be enough for anybody.” - Brad Nowell

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Upcoming Shows I'm Checking Out

  1. Best Coast @ First Unitarian Church; Tues, Sep 7th
  2. Deftones @ Croc Rock; Sun, Sep 12th
  3. Street Dogs @ The TLA; Fri, Sep 17th
  4. Social Distortion @ The Electric Factory; Sat, Oct 30th
  5. Ratatat @ The Electric Factory; Wed, Oct 6th
  6. Bad Religion @ The Electric Factory; Tues, Oct 19th
  7. Land of Talk @ Johnny Brenda's; Fri, Nov 5th

As can be seen, I'm going to be pretty busy checking out the shows listed above over the coming months!  I've already seen Deftones 5+ times, they were my very 1st concert back on June 21st, 2000, Bad Religion, 1st crowd surfing experience and warped tour, and I've had a very fulfilling and bad ass time when I saw the fierce, impassioned Street Dogs twice.  Awesomely, all 3 bands had/will have new music grace music fans' ears calendar year 2010.

I get excited when I think about these shows coming up, but I'm still reluctant to believe that I'm seeing Social Distortion live.  I've been a fan of this band for almost 10 years, and have continuously missed each opportunity to see them live.  Did you know that Rancid's eminently talented, and epically frantic playing bassist, Matt Freeman, toured with Social Distortion a few years back? Yeah, I did - before the tour started, and in true broke/lame fashion, missed it.  I attempted to get my fill of the experience by reading reviews and hearing stories from a guy who used to work at a tattoo shop I frequented from 17-19.  However, I already have my Social D tickets in hand, well, back at my apt at least, and am guaranteed to see them this time.  In about 2 months time, I'll either be right up front or above at the bar, "singin' to myself, there's got to be another way."  I love the sentiment of Ball and Chain, and am sure to flood any bar that has a jukebox with Mike Ness' retrospective and soulful crooning.

I've recently discovered Land of Talk, Best Coast, and Ratatat in the last year.  Both fronted by lady lead singers, Land of Talk and Best Coast are going to be a nice change of pace for me; they're both sort of laid back, not immensely popular, although getting a lot of good buzz, and I'm hoping-HOPING- it won't be the Philadelphia show/concert standard of having the majority of the crowd swarm you with terrible, omnipresent, rotten hoagie-scent spewing armpits.  Not that it totally takes away from the concert experience, but it's a staple of EVERY single show that I go to.  Sometimes I wonder if not washing on the day of a show is a tradition I've yet to be clued in on.  Ratatat will also be a nice change-up as their songs aren't vocal centric, and I'm hoping I can just:
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Gotta start somewhere...

I found new music to share: Dom.  I just heard of this ambiance of beats and reverb expanded vocals that blend well with the heavy synths and catchy hooks, tonight.
Kid Cudi lead me to Ratatat which followed with the openers on their current tour, Dom.

You see, I have a knack for missing great opening bands.
For example, back in March of this year, me and some friends went to two shows in one night with the first comprised of the ever-sweaty, pulse surging shitfest that is The Bronx, the herb seeking Aussies, Violent SoHo, the gorgeous sounds of flamenco that meets great crafting and delivers with style- Mariachi El Bronx(alter egos of The Bronx), and the whole point of this run on sentence: Japanther, the indie, Ramonesish, NYC based, genre hopping band that I missed all but 2 songs of.  I took note in my blackberry that I HAD to check this band out, and find others like them.

When they left stage, I was so pissed! Even after the great performances put on by the rest of the bands and hiphop artists from the second show: Philly's own Plastic Little.  Maybe 15 of my friends were there, cramped in with the rest of the crowd(of which, as I found out, SpankRock comprised 1)and I was vowing to never miss an opening band again.  Even as we were driving from South Philly to Olde City with some nice ladies we just met, there was this nagging in the back of my mind knowing I missed something possibly wonderful.  Well, more drinks and a half-night's rest later, I spent a sunny, Sunday morning hitting up my eMusic account to score some Japanther, and I found that I had reason to be so hard on myslef: these guys have some sort of awesome lo-fi rockout going on, and I've been blind to it all.
TL;DR Never missing an opening band again-if it's within my capabilities not to.

So, Dom.  I'm going to see them open for Ratatat @ The Electric Factory on Weds 10/6.
It's rather difficult to find much on them via search engine supreme Google(I guess their name is too commonly used for other things?), but Pitchfork does have an artist page for them @ http://pitchfork.com/artists/28774-dom/

If you like Ratatat, Wavves, Justice, and any electronic or creative indie music, you just might enjoy Dom.  I have yet to hear enough of them to declare any degree of heartfelt awesomeness, but they definitely give a nice first impression.