Showing posts from November, 2011

The War on Drugs at Kings 10/11/2011

The War on Drugs

Despite my snarkiness with some friends that the new War on Drugs record "Slave Ambient" is the best album Tom Petty has released in years, I was pretty pumped to see them play again.  Cause even if it does sound a whole lot like Petty, it's still a great fuckin' record - and has gotten a ton of spins since I got my sticky little fingers on it.  Kings wasn't packed but it was fairly full, and despite being a partial anti-social shut-in I knew a ton of people there.  No doubt if you polled my local group of friends, this record would come the closest to getting the "record of the year" nod, and across a fairly wide swath of music fans. 

Clearly, the love goes both ways, as the War on Drugs declared their love for the town multiple times...I'm sure it helps that they seem to have friends here, and I'm sure constantly getting smoke blown up your ass is never a bad thing.  Early on they noted they were going to pla…

Pipe at Motorco - 10/7/2011


Pipe.  PIPE!  PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE!!!!!  Can you tell I was excited to see these guys again?  I couldn't even tell you how many times it's been, but seeing punk rock's version of Guided by Voices never gets old.  The crowd wasn't very large but they were enthusiastic, peppering singer Ron Liberti with beer cans for the duration of the show.  The set list was a typical Pipe set list, including "Ashtray" and "You're Soaking in It" and all the usual suspects - but the real surprise is they played a *new* untitled song.  When the hell was the last time Pipe had a new song?!?  I was both bewildered and excited, fondly daydreaming that there might even be a new seven inch or album in the future...well, maybe a seven inch.  A new album seems about as likely as this band getting the due they've deserved for almost 20 years now.

Tonk at Kings 10/1/2011


Local classic country purveyors Tonk decided to make an appearance at Kings, and who was I to stay at home and miss that?  After a night of watching football and eating cheeseburgers with friends, it was the best way to end the night.  As per usual they played a wide swath of classic country songs, some known and others not.  A couple of the highlights were "Be Real" by Sir Douglas Quintet and Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide".  Yeah the Nick Lowe song isn't country but it is awesome so who cares.  I know there was a Gary Stewart song played too but my mind fails me on what it was.  There were also a couple of original tracks, with the comically titled "She Likes To Love Me Early and Often" standing out in my hazy brain.  There were quite a few audience members dancing, and i don't mean rock show bobbing-your-head dancing like I've perfected - real dancing, couples dancing.  I don't do that kind of dan…

T0W3RS / Naked Gods / Cellar Seas / The Toddlers at Kings & Tir Na Nog 9/29/2011

T0W3RS with Naked Gods; 
Cellar Seas with The Toddlers
Kings and Tir Na Nog

This was a night of two free shows - one at Kings, the other at Tir Na Nog.  The only thing better than a free show is two of them withing short walking distance of each other. 

First up was Naked Gods at Kings.  I'd heard of these kids for a while, but this was my first time seeing them.  Boone hasn't exactly produced a ton of great bands, and growing up near there you automatically assume most anything leaving that town is going to have a strong hippie stink to it.  Luckily, that was not the case here - to put it in simplest terms, the group reminded me of a southern rock version of the great British band Doves.  The singer had a nice voice, reminding me at different times of David Bazan and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.  I didn't love every single song they played, but I liked enough of their songs to recommend them to others and try to see them again myself. 

I made my way down to …