Showing posts from August, 2011

The Charming Youngsters / Goodbye, Titan at Tir Na Nog - 8/18/2011

The Charming Youngsters
with Goodbye, Titan
Tir Na Nog

There were a bunch of good things happening this night, so I took it upon myself to go to the free one. The was another installment of Local Beers, Local Bands, a Thursday night mainstay that gets me off the couch more often than not.

I was going to the show specifically to finally see the Charming Youngsters, but I got there in time to see the second band as well. I didn't know dick about them, or even their name until they stated it later in their set. They were a local instrumental outfit called Goodbye, Titan. I guess the local is implied right? The band walked a fine line between the indie and metal versions of heavy post rock. The comparison touchstones are obvious - Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Pelican, etc. Look, there is only so far you can go in this genre, so really it comes down to quality, not originality - and these guys absolutely destroyed it. Whatever it is. I was floored with how talente…

Death Cab For Cutie at Koka Booth Amphitheatre - 8/8/2011

Death Cab For Cutie
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

I don't go to giant concerts often, but when I do I like to make sure it's on a super hot night when I can sweat myself silly like a wrestler trying to cut weight. The wife wanted to go see Death Cab For Cutie, and I like them well enough so why not? I mean, other than the price and the temperature and pretty much everything about seeing shows in a venue this size. Let's start with parking - we got there right when the show started and had to park in this far satellite lot. I timed the walk from there to the venue, and it took almost twenty minutes at a brisk pace to get there. Not that I mind walking as a general rule, but that is just silly. Then you plop down in the chairs you carried in, a good 150 to 200 yards from the stage, and then squint at the band trying to make out what is going on. On the plus side, I got to eat a frozen lemonade and some popcorn while listening to live music, not something that happens …