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Eugene Mirman / Derrick Brown at the Cat's Cradle - 2/5/2014

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Eugene Mirman with Derrick Brown Cat's Cradle
2/5/2014
I nearly always go to rock shows alone, but for some reason it seems weird going to a comedy show solo.  I guess laughter is communal or some such shit, but it's not like I was going to be the only person in the room.  The wife got called out of town for work, so I unloaded my extra ticket out front  - quite easily to be honest, as the show ended up being sold out - and found a seat what to make with the laughing and all that. 

Derrick Brown, a poet from Texas, opened the gig.  I guess he's won awards or something for his words, and it wasn't as weird an opener as you would think.  His poems were short and funny and due to him having spent time in Fayetteville in the army, they had local flavor - in particular there was one about cruising in Benson, and another about partying with the trash in Myrtle Beach.  He only spoke for 15 or 20 minutes, probably just the right amount for a poet performing before…

PHOTOS: Cheap Time / Last Year's Men / Black Zinfandel at the Pinhook - 2/27/2014

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Cheap Time






Last Year's Men



Black Zinfandel



Cheap Time / Last Year's Men / Black Zinfandel at the Pinhook - 2/27/2014

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Cheap Time with Last Year's Men and Black Zinfandel The Pinhook
2/27/2014
Somehow I'd never seen Black Zinfandel, despite their being on bills of shows I've attended (lazy late arrival on my part to blame) and by all accounts playing the sort of music that would be right up my alley - that being something in the neighborhood of what the kids call "art punk," though I'm struggling to come up with any particular comparisons.  I managed to catch their last three or so songs, and I was really into it.  Other people have referred to them as garage rock but I didn't get that vibe honestly.  this may be due to sharing the drummer of Whatever Brains, and I just can't imagine that guy playing garage rock.  Also, the singer/guitarist has a bitching white man afro, which makes my stupid bald head sad and jealous at the same time.  I need another viewing to really pin down what they sound like to me, and I'll definitely be making a point of seeing…

PHOTOS: Whatever Brains / Motor Skills / Enemy Waves at Slims - 2/7/2014

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Whatever Brains




Motor Skills




Enemy Waves



Whatever Brains / Motor Skills / Enemy Waves at Slims - 2/7/2014

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Whatever Brains with Motor Skills and Enemy Waves Slims
2/7/2014
I've seen a lot of Whatever Brains shows, and I mean A LOT, but this one definitely goes down as the strangest.  They've been adding more and more keyboards to the stage when they perform over the last year or two, but on this night that's all there was.  No drums, no guitar, barely any vocals even...just keyboards, synths, and other electronic noise makers...oh and a tin whistle, cause you gotta have something analog going on.  There were no songs, or at least no known songs, just a long form electronic skronky freak-out...it was sorta Throbbing Gristle-ish.  Oh, and let's not forget the shitload of smoke they had spewing from their smoke machine, they play that damn thing like it's another instrument.  It was a fun, interesting performance, but to be perfectly honest I'd rather see their regular show.  Not that something like this isn't a fun diversion every once in a while. 

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