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PHOTOS: Mikal Cronin at Motorco - 11/24/2019

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Superchunk at Motorco - 11/2/2019

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Superchunk
Motorco
11/2/2019

I’ve seen Superchunk many, many, many times.  I’ve even seen the typical acoustic Superchunk set (where it’s just Mac and Jim) quite a bit.  But this was the first time seeing the entire band put on an acoustic performance – in addition to Mac and Jim, Wurster was on the drums of course, frequently playing with brushes and/or those weird bundled together sticks that probably have a name that I’m too lazy to research; tour ringer Jason Narducy was on the bass, WHICH WAS NOT ACOUSTIC AT ALL THIS WHOLE THING IS A SHAM; and as an added bonus for this short tour only, Matt Douglas on keys, extra percussion, and most importantly, sax.  Based on the crowd reaction every time Matt busted out a solo on his shiny horn, I don’t think anyone would argue if he was added to the line-up full-time…though he’s in so many bands already I doubt that is a real possibility.  He does add a nice extra dimension to their sound though, and I’m into it.

The whole point of this gig …

PHOTOS: Russian Circles / Windhand at Motorco - 11/1/2019

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Russian Circles




Windhand




Russian Circles / Windhand at Motorco - 11/1/2019

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Russian Circles
With Windhand
Motorco
11/1/2019

Sweet Bill’s balls it had been ages since I last attended a good metal show, and this Russian Circles performance definitely delivered respite from this affliction.  I can typically depend on Hopscotch to deliver a couple of decent metal acts, but even they failed me in that regard this year.  This Russian Circles gig was terrible photographically speaking – zero house lights, completely backlit, and not quite strobed, but close…glad I don’t have to do this picture taking thing for a living!  Holy shit did they sound good though, as if the stage lighting has no bearing on rock n’ roll – heavy and pummeling but somehow not overly loud, which is no small feat given the mountain of amps on stage.  Perhaps it’s Motorco that deserves the tip of the cap in this department rather than the band, but either way the mix was fabulous.  I’m shit with song titles under typical circumstances, but for an instrumental band…forget it.  What I can definit…

PHOTOS: Built To Spill / Prism Bitch / Love As Laughter at the Cats Cradle - 10/6/2019

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Built To Spill





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Love As Laughter





Built To Spill / Prism Bitch / Love As Laughter at the Cats Cradle - 10/6/2019

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Built To Spill
With Prism Bitch & Love As Laughter
Cats Cradle
10/6/2019

I love that the Cat’s Cradle almost always starts their shows right on time these days, but of course there are exceptions where you’re running late but still hoping to see the first band, and crossing your fingers that the club is operating on rock n’ roll time this evening.  Alas, punctuality was the victor on this evening, and I managed to only catch the last three or four songs from Love As Laughter.  This was a bummer because I’ve long been a fan of this elusive band for two decades now; I think the last time I saw them live was in the early 2000s, (probably) at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco.  Given it’s been eleven years since their last full length, I assumed they had quietly faded into the sunset, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them listed as a part of this line-up.  Hot gear talk: frontman Sam Jayne played two guitars the entire time I was there: a Jackson that would make a 1987 hair meta…

ZZ Top / Cheap Trick / Frankie And The Witch Fingers at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre - 10/5/2019

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ZZ Top
With Cheap Trick & Frankie And The Witch Fingers
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10/5/2019

I’ve lived in the Triangle for almost half of my life, but this was my first foray to the gigantic shed known as the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre (or as the corporate overlords would prefer you call it, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, but ain’t nobody got time for all that).  It's rare there is a band playing at a venue this size that I give a shit about, and even if there is, the prices are completely bonkers ($17 for a beer!!!).  Hey, at least parking was free!  As is almost always the case, if I’m in a place like this, I’m there with my mom & Bryan; they chose the Raleigh concert over their closer option of Charlotte as Cheap Trick wasn't opening in the Queen City.

Before the big bands though, let me briefly mention the first act, Frankie And The Witch Fingers.  To be perfectly honest I was in no hurry to get to Walnut Creek in time to see them based solely off…

PHOTOS: De La Noche at Kings - 9/21/2019

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De La Noche