Built To Spill
With Prism Bitch & Love As Laughter
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…
With Cheap Trick & Frankie And The Witch Fingers
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
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…