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R.E.M. / Wilco at the Shoreline Amphitheatre - 9/6/2003

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R.E.M.
with Wilco
Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/6/2003

I wasn’t even planning on going to this show, I was planning on seeing Casiotone for the Painfully Alone with some of my friends. But soon after I awoke, I heard someone yelling my name on the sidewalk outside my house. I look out, and it’s one of my good friends – he’s one of those guys who is connected to any and everything – seems he had three free tickets for me to the this show.  He knows that I love Wilco but couldn’t afford this monstrously priced event. So I roped one of my friends into going, and we were off to see my first show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, as well as my first show at a venue this size in a long, long time (I think the last time was probably 6 or 7 years ago, when I went to see the Moody Blues with my mom, a real blue hair fest).

First thing I noticed when I got near the venue was that apparently whoever designed the place intended it to look like the circus was permanently in town. I’m not really clear as to wh…

Mogwai / Isis at the Fillmore - 9/22/2003

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Mogwai
with Isis
The Fillmore
9/22/2003

When I walked in the door of the Fillmore the place was awash with the heavy sounds of Isis. I saw them a year or so ago with Dalek and was pretty lukewarm about them, but this time out I liked them quite a bit more. Honestly they sounded pretty much like a metal version of Mogwai, which makes them the obvious and smart choice for an opener here. While Isis doesn’t sing all that often, when they do it’s those gruff black-metal type of vocals that I’ve never been able to get into. Other than that, the band really piqued my interest into checking out some of their releases.

The very prospect of getting to see Mogwai twice this summer really makes me happy. They are without question one of my very favorite bands, both live and recorded. I’ve attended many of their shows, and this was probably the second best performance I’ve ever seen by them.  The set list was an amazing selection of songs both old and new, including "Helicon 1 and 2," &qu…