Showing posts from April, 2011

Handsome Furs at Kings - 4/17/2011

Handsome Furs

I love the Handsome Furs, and I'm not just saying that because one half of the band. Alexei Perry, is one of the sexiest women alive. Heck, even the other half of the group, Dan Boeckner (best known as the singer of Wolf Parade) ain't bad looking for a dude, in a Mick Jones of the Clash sort of way. And Mick Jones is fitting to bring up, as this band reminds me a bit of Big Audio Dynamite - not for any particular reason, they don't sound like B.A.D., but something about the vibe has me stuck on that comparison. They actually sound like Bruce Springsteen gone catchy-as-hell electro-pop aka a dancy, more straight-forward version of Wolf Parade.

The duo spent the entire set playing their new record, and didn't even hit any older songs until the short encore (where they of course played their "hit" "Radio Kalinngrad"). Now this would normally drive me crazy, but their new record "Sound Kapital" is so fuckin' g…

J Mascis / Kurt Vile & the Violators at the Cat's Cradle - 4/10/2011

J Mascis
with Kurt Vile and the Violators
Cat's Cradle

I've been to a lot of shows, and I've seen a lot of drummers, but this was the first time I'd ever seen a drummer play a drum kit with his hand. Add to that one of the guitarists playing his guitar like a bass, and Kurt Vile & the Violators had a whole lot of strange going on. Not in the music though, that wasn't strange at all...just good. I saw him a year or two back and the set was a pretty straight-forward set of folk rock, sometimes acoustic and sometimes amplified. It felt sorta like Kurt Vile was a solo musician and just had a couple of guys playing with him to fill out the stage. But this time, they sounds like a real, full band. It was still his own skewed brand of electrified folk, only fuller, richer than that last show. Between Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs, the music scene looks might bright in Philadelphia.

I've seen J Mascis solo a couple of times, but it's been a few yea…

Warpaint / PVT at Kings - 4/3/2011

with PVT

I bitched out on hitting the town Friday night to see Kurt Heasley, cause I wanted to watch my Oakland A's season opener. Then I didn't make it out Saturday cause Veelee had to cancel their show at Slims. So with Sunday rolling around, I was getting that itch that I needed to get out and see some live music, even if I wasn't overly excited about it. Turns out my lack of excitement matched the feelings I left with after the show. Now is that a ringing endorsement or what?

I got there part of the way through the set by PVT. I knew absolutely nothing of them going in, and still don't know any more than the three songs I saw them play, so factor that in as part of my half-assed uninformed review. When I walked in the room they were in the middle of a Ratatat-meets-Trans Am sounding track and I was thinking this band had some real promise. And then they followed that up with clubby dance pop that would have probably gone over well with the…

Destroyer / The War on Drugs at Cat's Cradle - 4/7/2011

with The War on Drugs
Cat's Cradle

The War on Drugs played Hopscotch last year, and despite all my friends being gaga over them, I had somewhere else to be during their show. So it was good to finally see what the fuss was about - and the verdict is they are very, very fussable. Even though I haven't listened to them very much, their songs were instantly likeable, making you feel as if you were well versed in their entire catalog. Not an easy feat to pull off. I heard a lot of (electrified) Neil Young and "New Morning" era Bob Dylan in their sound, and my friend Brian was claiming Tom Petty and Dire Straits (though I think the Dire Straits comparison was just for one particular song). Either way, they were highly entertaining, had a "classic rock" sound, and every one of their songs sounded like an old friend from first listen.

Destroyer completely kicked ass tonight, one of the best shows of the year, and they didn't play a single on…