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PHOTOS: Midlake at the Local 506 - 11/11/2013


Midlake at the Local 506 - 11/11/2013

Midlake Local 506
I've been a huge fan of Midlake for years and seen them live a number of times - their 2006 album "The Trials of Van Occupanther" would easily make my top ten records of the last decade.  But then their singer Tim Smith left before they finished their most recent record "Antiphon," and honestly I didn't know how the hell their live show would turn out.  You can lose a drummer or a guitarist and generally replace them fairly seamlessly, but losing the voice of the band is another thing entirely.  Short of holding an international search for a new singer and finding a diminutive sound-alike from the Philippines, they did the next best thing and just had guitarist Eric Pulido take over on the mic. 

Last time the band was in town they played at the Cradle - it wasn't full, but there was a healthy crowd there.  This time, they're playing to a half-full Local 506.  Probably not a good sign, but I hope that doesn&#…

PHOTOS: Pelican / Coliseum at the Local 506 - 11/4/2013



Pelican / Coliseum at the Local 506 - 11/4/2013

Pelican with Coliseum Local 506
According to the band this was the first time Coliseum had ever played in the the Triangle in their ten years of existence.  A band bypassing our area for a long period of time isn't that strange, but given these guys are only from Louisville it does seem odd they never would have toured here.  But hey, they're here now and that's what counts.  I have heard from multiple friends that they put on a top-notch live show, and those reports turned out to be 100% true.  Their records are enjoyable but they just can't measure up to the power and ferocity of the band on stage.  I'm not sure if it's just me or a truism for the genre, but I find this often to be the case with heavy and/or metal bands.  These cats are more than just metal though, I hear a distinct tinge of punk throughout most of their music - specifically, Black Flag.  And then there wee a couple of other times when they approached a Queens of the St…