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PHOTOS: Bandway / Pipe at the Cat's Cradle - 10/24/2015



Bandway / Pipe at the Cat's Cradle - 10/24/2015

Bandway with Pipe Cat's Cradle
It had been a little over four years since I last saw Bandway, at 2011's Hopscotch Music Festival, which was the last time they performed live as far as I know.  That seems to be pretty much the norm for them, get together every few years to rock the balls off the select few people with the goddamn good sense to show up.  There were probably a couple hundred of these smart people on this night, and I recognized a ton of them - I would bet 90% of the crowd was probably at any Bandway show I attended nearly twenty years ago.  We were all older and some of us fatter, but our love of a good time has never diminished. 

The big difference between this gig and the couple of others they've played over the last, well, decade, is they actually recently released a new album, "Buddies," their first since 2002's "Night Rock."  They were playing new songs!  Awesome new songs that is, to go along with classics…

PHOTOS: Protomartyr / Amanda X at Kings - 10/20/2015


Amanda X

Protomartyr / Amanda X at Kings - 10/20/2015

Protomartyr with Amanda X Kings
The last time Protomartyr played at Slims was one of the best shows in recent years - not only did they kill it, but Whatever Brains and Spray Paint were also on that bill.  I really, really miss Whatever Brains.  Anyways, this time through town they stepped up to a larger club and made Kings their home, a smart choice given how packed Slims was last time around.  As this was a tour for their newest record "The Agent Intellect," there were lots of songs off of that excellent album, an album that will definitely be one of my top three favorites of the year.  Plenty of older songs too, including the amazing "Scum, Rise!" - as long as I get to hear that track, everything else is gravy.  As per usual, singer Joe Casey stalked around the stage like a drunk professor, usually with a beer in his hand.  If this band played live once a month I would go every time, happily. 

The opening band was a trio of females from Phila…

Caspian / Circle Takes the Square at Kings - 10/19/2015

Caspian with Circle Takes the Square Kings
Decided on a whim to go get my post-rock on with Caspian.  I hadn't paid much attention to them since their first record "The Four Trees," but I was pretty sure they would deliver live.  I might have even seen them in concert once back in my SF days, but it's been so many bands over so many years, shit is starting to get fuzzy.  They're on the the heavier side of the post-rock spectrum but not quite metal, and despite vocals on a couple of songs they very much feel like an instrumental band who just happens to forget to accidentally not sing every once in a while.  They showed up at Kings like a pro outfit with a full light show including glowing matching boxes(?) on top of each of their amps and lots of strobe.  More importantly they sounded amazing - even though I barely know their material, they held my attention throughout.  Yeah, they do that same quiet-loud-quiet thing that all these bands d…

PHOTOS: Archers of Loaf / Flesh Wounds at the Cat's Cradle - 10/17/2015

Archers Of Loaf

Flesh Wounds

Archers of Loaf / Flesh Wounds at the Cat's Cradle - 10/17/2015

Archers of Loaf
with Flesh Wounds
Cat's Cradle

How many times have I even seen Archers of Loaf at this point?  I think this is the fourth time since the "reunion," and who knows how often during their initial run.  What I do know for sure is they instantly make me feel like I'm a kid again - no different than that first time I saw them in high school, senior year I think, just after "Icky Mettle" came out.  No different mentally at least - my back, legs and feet might argue differently.

What can I say about a show that I've seen so many times before though?  It was highly entertaining, but that's no surprise.  Matt Gentling has let his hair grow out, which adds an extra layer of movement to the lurching he already does while playing bass.  Eric Johnson was wearing a bad ass Pipe shirt and I would gladly stab a drifter in the buttocks to get one exactly like it that fit me.  They played all of the "Vs. the Greatest of All Time" EP, t…

PHOTOS: Jeff the Brotherhood at the Odditorium - 10/11/2015