Posted byAndrew James
Seen any fabulous shows lately? Talk about ‘em here. Seen any terrible shows lately? Talk about ‘em here.
Silversun Pickups are coming to Cleveland, OH on October 21st and I think I’m going to check them out (pending ticket prices which haven’t been released). Back when MorePop was in its prime of a couple hundreds views a day, I was offered a press pass to one of their shows about an hour from where I live. I ended up not going and I’ve been kicking myself ever since, so it’s time to make up for it.
As for my best concert experiences, the two Foo Fighters shows I saw were absolutely stellar. Both times I was as close to the stage as possible, leaning on the bar. Dave sweat on me. I also was leaning on the stage when I saw Them Crooked Vultures in Columbus, OH. It was fucking godly.
SSPU are pretty great live. I’d definitely try to make it out if you can.
Tickets just went on sale. I can’t possibly justify $50 a ticket to see them. I’ve paid far less for much better acts. Crazy.
$50 a ticket for reals?! That’s way more than I’ve ever seen them play for. I don’t know if I’d pay that, either. I was expecting maybe in the $20-$25 range, $30 at the outside.
Good band but DEFINITELY not worth fifty bucks.
I’m going to more concerts this fall that I have in a very long, long time (likely since I was doing a radio show at U of T and was into a lot of smaller bands).
- Sianspheric (maybe)
- Peter Gabriel – Playing his album “So” beginning to end.
- David Byrne of the Talking Heads
- Blood Red Shoes (maybe)
- The Raveonettes
- Change of Heart (maybe) & playing the same night is Matt & Kim (maybe)
- Ringo Deathstarr (maybe)
- Jon Spencer Blues Explosions
- The English Beat (maybe)
- New Order
- Amanda Palmer
- Birthday Massacre (maybe)
Bands with a maybe commented beside them I’m thinking about, the others I have tickets already. From big groups to small little shows.
Wow that’s a pretty great line-up! I’d be curious how the energy is for Sianspheric. Every shoe-gazing show I’ve been to has always been really great. I’ve seen Appleseed Cast and Red Sparrowes and both were pretty darn terrific.
I seen them many times since the mid-90′s and they are a great live band. They were probably the first shoe-gazing band that I got into from which I then found many other great bands like My Bloody Valentine (who I’ve also once seen live and there was nothing like their live show).
Sianspheric don’t play many shows these days which is the incentive to check them out live despite seeing Peter Gabriel the very next day and David Byrne right after that.
We’re seeing Metric in October! Only concert I really have planned right now. The Raveonettes are coming through town, but I’ve seen them two or three times, and Metric took precedence.
I’ve seen The Raveonettes once play a free outdoor show in Toronto as part of the NXNE festival, where they played only a handful of songs under half an hour set. So I’m looking forward to see a full set from the Raveonettes.
I think I’ve seen Metric now 4 times, including a cool free show outside Union Station in downtown Toronto. It was put on via Samsung plugging their Galaxy 2 phone and they had a small little area for the crowd, but of course thousands showed up completely flooding the street and closing down the whole area. Fun show.
The Raveonettes do a fantastic headlining show. Really great light and smoke effects. Kind of in the same league with Metric, really, in terms of showmanship mixed with awesome music.
Both my husband and I have seen Metric individually, but this will be the first time we’ve seen them together. They’re one of the bands we bonded over in the first place (a favorite of us both before we even met), so we’re really looking forward to seeing them together.
The only shows I know I’m seeing in the next couple of months are William Elliot Whitmore in October and next month is Bob Mould (playing Sugar‘s “Copper Blue” all the way through).
I saw Whitmore open for Lucero. The very next day I looked his album up on Spotify. He’s tremendous live. Get close. He’s worth it. I didn’t know Mould was doing Copper Blue front to back. Might have to see that.
Passion Pit is a must see for me in October. That new one is a pop masterpiece as far as I’m concerned. And of course SP announced a MPLS date, so no drive to Milwaukee for me this year, which I’m a bit sad about. I like that drive and actually like Milwaukee’s downtown.
Funny that so many of us are seeing Metric – I’m going in November. It’s actually a pretty quiet few months coming up but September is looking good with Keane (I think I’ve seen them three or four times already – have lost track), Austra (third time) & Girl Talk (2nd time). That’s it for now.
Best show I’ve seen lately was Florence + The Machineat a great outdoor venue. Only compliant is that she didn’t play long enough.
Worst show was hands down Econoline Crush on Canada Day last yer. Soooooooo bad we left before they finished the set.
I would love to see Keane. I’ll have to check if they’re coming this way – maybe they already did.
Everyone should see Metric – they’re awesome.
Wow – iPad not great for typing. Sorry for the awful spelling
I went to the Osheaga Festival in Montreal. Almost went to Lollapalooza, glad I didn’t because of how things turned out with the weather.
Franz Ferdinand: hadnt seen or heard from in years, had plenty of ‘oh yeah, that one!’ moments of a mostly greatest hits set. bouncy live.
The Weeknd: dont really fit an outdoor show, music is fine but it got boring
Florence and the Machine: Best time I have seen her to date, really fits outdoor venues and has taken on a lot more stage presence and energy these days
Sigur Ros: amazing light/video show, huge bombastic epic sound
Justice: even more amazing light show, but it does feel like just listening to a record live and its just two guys sitting behind a table. i dont really get live electronic shows really, though.
Aggrolites: meh ska straight outta 1997
Kandle: decent singer songwriter pop music
Cursive: weirder than I remembered them being, strong and aggressive live
Santigold: amazing live, even did a Major Lazer guest track!
Dumas: French singer songwriter neither here nor there
Brand New: very good live, more emotional and aggressive than on record
Young the Giant: I saw them years ago play to nobody, now thousands of kids singing along. Kind of fit a spot the Killers used to fill for better or worse.
Garbage: Best live show I’ve seen all year, even more so since I was in the front row. I cant believe Shirley Manson is 46. These guys strut with more authority and presence than people half their age
Snoop Dogg/Lion: does his big hits and his big ‘guest’ hits and covers including P.I.M.P. and Jump Around, a fun show. He has strippers on stage and a strange old man who dances. Also front row here, which was unnerving because his crowd were assholes.
Passion Pit: extremely charismatic and happy experience watching these guys in light rain
Tame Impala: Great psychedelic rock from Australia, the surprise of the festival. Seek them out.
Bloc Party: Very lively and raises their music to a level it never reaches on record.
The Shins: are exactly what you think they would be live. Thats a compliment but its nothing exciting either.
Metric: Should have closed the festival. Not their best set list really but they have so much energy and they closed with a singalong of Gimme Sympathy that was actually emotionally moving
Black Keys: Sucked. Huge letdown, unworthy of headlining. Bad choice of setlist, flat energy, no crowd banter and taking forever between tracks. BOOOOOO
I am REALLY surprised to hear that about The Black Keys. I’ve seen them twice and jammed my way through their whole set. Anything you find of them on YouTube is pretty much flat out awesome and the musicianship is wicked good. Also even the drummer had flat energy? This is weird, these guys usually make a shitload of sound for just two (sometimes three) guys!
I was so bored by their set (I’d seen them 2 years before at the same festival in an afternoon slot) that they started to feel like Blueshammer from Ghost World. It may be some time before I can listen to them again, I was that let down.
On the flip-side, I watched Florence + the Machine at Lollapalooza (via YouTube) and I thought her voice and stage presence really struggled. Seems like she would fit much better in a smaller, theater-like venue. Her songs seem to need the production that the albums give.
But I wasn’t physically there, so I guess I’m probably not qualified to say definitively.
No, you’re right. Haven’t seen one performance yet that I’ve been a fan of with her.
I saw The Shins a few years ago and felt the exact same way. Glad to hear Passion Pit was good.
One of my favorite shows ever was Stars at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. Actually both times I’ve seen them were really good (the first time they did The Five Ghosts straight through, then did a really big selection of earlier favorites, as voted on by fans on their website; the Glass House show was a more normal mixed-up setlist, but still pretty comprehensive), but the Glass House has some amazing acoustics and lighting effects, and we were really close.
Here’s a video I took of Amy and Evan doing an acoustic version of “Ageless Beauty” (which is normally really layered and synthy – original). Probably the best concert video I’ve ever taken, with the closest-to-actual sound quality.
EDIT: Okay, Andrew, what did you do to make video embeds not work, even from the dashboard. :p It’s here: http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=XfKE0J3IcwA
If we’re talking best show, comes down to Roger Waters performing The Wall (saw this two years ago – the first 5 minutes blew my mind) and Slash at the Showbox Soho in Seattle. Part of it was definitely the crows but he was in excellent form. Most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time.
The last time I saw NIN was pretty awesome too though I must admit I loved the Bowie/Reznor collaborative tour from the late 90s best. Now THAT was a show.
The Waters Wall show was a top 5 experience for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go the second time he came through. Just happy I got to go once.
The second time he came through here he played BC Place which is not a great acoustic venue. Considering it was less than a year since the first time, I opted not to go.
This topic got me thinking earlier today – what are some bands/artists you wish you’d seen live but weren’t able to? In the sense of the band broke up permanently or the artist has passed or something such that you’ll never get another chance.
There are obvious answers of bands that were done before I was born, like The Beatles, but the big one that came to mind for me was The White Stripes. I got into them later, about when Jack started doing The Dead Weather. I remember listening to Icky Thump when it first came out and not liking it, so it was just a case of my tastes aligning with their music after they’d already disbanded. I’m really kinda bummed now that I’ll never see them as The White Stripes (barring an unlikely reunion, I suppose).
When I was in the 10th grade my dad offered to take me to see Pink Floyd (during Division Bell tour). The last thing I wanted to do was hang out with dad. Completely regret it. Last time they toured together.
Would also have loved to see Queen.
I’m still heartbroken I’ve never seen Pink Floyd in any capacity. It kills me. I’d like to see Motley Crue and Def Leppard before they stop doing it. The former is absolutely terrible live, but I want to go for the experience anyway.
And yeah, good call on White Stripes. I saw The Raconteurs, but I really wish I could’ve seen the White Stripes.
On the opposite end, seeing Jane’s Addiction (second row!) was a dream come true.
Stevie Ray Vaughan. The original Hold Steady. Public Enemy. Fugazi. Jeff Buckley. Ministry. Pantera. The Verve (they cancelled at the last minute and thankfully HUM killed it as the headliner, but that one sticks with me.) uh… hmmm… and Candlebox. please don’t laugh… stop… their live album crackles with energy and you can hear the crowd is having a blast.
I was too young to attend concerts, but I would have loved to see Metallica and Gn’R double bill that was going around at the start of the 90s.
The original Smashing Pumpkins, Sleater-Kinney, Alice in Chains with Layne Staley, the Ramones, and the Dead Kennedys are also acts I would have loved to have seen.
It’s a textbook answer, but I would have loved to have seen the Beatles.
Oh and Hendrix – God I would sell my soul to the first taker to be able to see him live. Yes his sets often got long and noodly, but I could watch him play anything for hours.
I’m also gutted about not being able to see the Stripes though.
In terms of concerts I’ve loved – my very first ‘proper’ concert was actually Bob Dylan not too long after Time Out of Mind came out. I only knew his old material so his ‘extra-aged’ voice shocked me, but the songs were still there of course and he had an awesome backing band keeping things lively for a fairly epic set.
I saw Radiohead at a massive outdoor venue. That was incredible.
Glastonbury was amazing a couple of years ago – highlights were Bruce Springsteen, Animal Collective, The Specials and Spinal Tap!!
I caught Muse in a small University venue just before they became massive after releasing Origin of Symmetry. They played loads of songs off that album though, so it was a great gig.
On the electronic/dance side of things, DJ Shadow and Squarepusher were pretty special. Had an awesome night at both of those gigs.