• THAO rocks

    5 Ago 2008, 19:54

    Fri 25 Jul – Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Tune-Yards
    I asked Thao to autograph my shirt and she went out of her way to do so, personalizing it and everything. Plus, she's beautiful. Cute outfit. Her love for music and performance is really reflected in the way she rocks out on stage. Additionally, she was quite funny on the mike in between songs, making the crowd laugh about things such as her bra strap. For more details, ask someone who went :P. I am now a Thao fan, through and through.
  • General Thoughts

    30 May 2008, 16:40

    Mon 26 May – Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Rogue Wave

    It's been stated already, but the venue management SUCKED. Waiting in line in the cloudy cold weather for two hours is not the best way to start off a concert. Then, parking was a disaster for those who parked ouside along the east side of the road. From what I heard, the other alternative was to pay $5 to park closer. I had to get out of line to move my car on the suggestion of staff, to find out that I was, after all, legally parked. Argh!

    Once the music started, however, all my frustrations melted away. I was bummed that Rogue Wave wasn't able to play, as I've just started to get into their music but Tegan and Sara were fantastic! Their stage presence was charming and their vocals were in tune and raw, capturing the essence of their music. They played all the favorites: Walking with a Ghost, Dark Come Soon, The Con, Nineteen...

    Death Cab was suprisingly good. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much, having gone primarily for T&S, but Ben Gibbard sold me with the cute swaying motion he does on stage when he's singing. Their sound is very smooth and melodic live - would definitely go see them again.
  • Insane Surrealism

    1 Dic 2007, 2:48

    Sat 24 Nov – Tool, Trans Am

    I've always heard that Tool put on an amazing show, but this was nothing like I expected. The lights and imagery were hypnotic and Maynard oozed with overt sexuality. We arrived right around 7pm, before Trans Am and got a place right up front, about 4 rows back. Uhh, still not sure what to think, except that i wish I was a few inches Tool came on, the crowd started rushing from behind and I was fighting for my place the entire time, which was frustrating. Additionally, I was staring at a sweaty neck in front of me the whole time - my straightened hair even sprug back into curls, it was so humid. In the end, I stumbled through the crowd to grab some water, gasping for air. I'm glad I got to experience the madness, but I guess I'm getting old but I think I'll chill in the back next time :)
  • shut the fuck up.

    8 Nov 2007, 7:00

    Fri 2 Nov – Regina Spektor
    the pros: fantastic voice, great stage presence, boombox duet with Only Son(?)showcased both artists talents exceptionally.

    the cons: Regina's abusive comments to the rowdy fans in front. The first "shut the fuck up" was probably warranted, but the subsequent one, as well as the comment about taking a walk in SLC were a HUGE turn off to me. I mean, really, the concert was in The Venue, not at Kingsbury Hall, the Rose Wagner Theatre, Abravanel get the drift. I was on edge thereafter, expecting her to blow up every time the crowd started singing along.

    additional comment
    : was it just me, or was there an excess of tortured-looking guys there with their s/o's?? Maybe I'm just subconsciously envious, who knows
  • Still Virgin, Underground Review...

    26 Oct 2007, 15:27

    Mon 22 Oct – Aesop Rock, Blockhead, Black Moth Super Rainbow, DJ Signify

    This is my first time seeing Aesop and my second underground show, so be patient :) Blockhead really set the tone for Aesop with his edgy beats, which makes sense seeing as he produced 7 of the tracks on "None Shall Pass". What struck me the most about Aesop Rock was his confidently flippant, "I don't give a shit about what you think" attitude that I saw in his mannerisms. DJ Big Wiz freakin' rocked the house with his complex and alluring turntablism, staying mainly in the background except his spotlight moment towards the end initiated by Aesop. Kinda reminds me of the band on the Letterman show. DJ Sonic and Aesop jived together comfortably and interactively, both with each other and with the crowd. They balanced each other out in every aspect (including energy levels, mannerisms, and style). Anyway, awesome performace and fairly chill crowd. None Shall Pass
  • New Obsession

    1 Ago 2007, 8:54

    I first heard The Silversun Pickups "Lazy Eye" on 94.7 FM in Portland and liked Brian Aubert's husky voice immediately. The lingering chords of the instrumental reprise carry throughout the tune, striking a nice balance with the raw vocals. Anyhow, I thought they were alright and even bought Carnavas when I saw it on sale at F.Y.E. for $11. Then I went to their concert on July 29th In the Venue and watched them perform live - a truly amazing experience! I danced all night, fueled by the magnetism of Brian Aubert, the energy of Christopher Guanlao, the effervescent smile of Nikki Monninger, and the steady synth of Joe Lester. We stayed for the performance after the encore, in which I heard a couple of songs that were not on Carnavas. I am now inspired to pick up Pikul et al. I loved Nikki's voice at the beginning of "Dream at Tempo 119" and the way Brian courteously stepped aside for her to take center stage (for a minute, at least!).

    Speaking of of my fellow concert-goer's saw him giving a group of kids free tickets and T-shirts while riding around on a skateboard prior to the show. He even told the bouncer to make sure the kids wouldn't have any trouble making it into the venue. How cool is that? A down-to-earth rockstar?! I'm sold!

    So, my new obsession is The Silversun Pickups - I suspect I will continue this until I decipher all of their poetic lyrics, at which point, I will either find them too indie-emo (like my daughter does) or gain an even deeper appreciation for the band that delivers these self-composed, sentimental strains with a ferocious intensity.

    ~Hail Eris
  • Fan For Life!

    6 Jul 2007, 12:45

    Thu 5 Jul – Del tha Funkee Homosapien

    It's funny how music takes on a whole new aspect, like shedding skin, once it is experienced live. Del tha Funkee Homosapien grew dimensions and re-created the essence of underground hip-hop tonight as I watched, heard, and felt his music. Upon his initial entrance, I was surprised at his appearance (slender build, shorter stature)- surely, this was not the guy behind Del's immense voice! As soon as he began his performance, however, all doubts fled my mind. Del has a stage presence that is larger than life - his casual energy and almost shy demeanor is endearing.

    The highlight of my evening came when I got to essentially talk to Del one-on-one; Del, on his way off the stage, halted, drawn back by a thunderous encore. His security managed to create a path for him with the crowd on one side, and me, wedged into a space by the speaker, on the other side. As he paused at the foot of the stage, a conflicted look on his face, I couldn't help but lean over and shout in his ear, "Do you ever get overwhelmed?" He looked at me with his cute, vulnerable eyes and nodded. "Don't worry, I'll protect you," I said, throwing my arms out to jokingly shield him from the crowd. I'm pretty sure he smiled as he hopped back on the stage to throw out a few more songs. This is how I will remember it, anyhow.

    From Wiki: "Current status on Del's new albums is that 11th Hour will be released first, with the new Deltron album, Deltron Event II being released afterwards. Both albums are expected to be released in the summer of 2007." Support Del and buy the CD instead of d/l for free off of shareware!! OK, that's my activism for the day.

    I also want to give a shout out to Bukue AKA Mr. Generous for opening for Del and being true to his name by showering me with good vibes and a signed CD. THKS for the holding on to my shirt, too :)

    Goddess of Chaos