Last weekend, Dave and I had scheduled an entire weekend of seeing live music. It was a long weekend, so it was nice to have an extra day to spend watching shows.
On Thursday, we caught The Escorts, The Thrashers and X Ray Cat at Broken City. We were a bit late and missed the very first band, PMMA. The Thrashers had been at the radio station earlier that day and had played a live set on Dave’s show, and they were awesome to see live. They are also just about the nicest, friendliest band I’ve met.
On Friday, we caught White Lung at the Palomino. One of the opening bands caused a bit of drama: one of the members threw up into a monitor, and caused an electrical fire. I’m all for being punk rock, but please don’t cause damage to the venue who is hosting you!
White Lung was excellent, and remains a top band in my books. Their set was intense, fun to watch, and just darned good. One thing that came up was a man in the audience started yelling, “Earn your money” at them toward the end of their set. Sigh. Dave and I had a really good conversation about the nature of punk shows, and how women are treated in both bands and audiences alike.
In spite of the unsavory yelling, the show was amazing. Here’s a taste:
Saturday was a strange turn of events for us, concert-wise. We went to Rihanna at the Saddledome. We took our seats and felt rather out of place as top 40 hits were pumped to the crowd. We’re much more used to standing a a bar in a small venue, surrounded by people in denim and leather.
A$AP Rocky opened, and he was incredible. It was a super energized set, very tight and he seemed genuinely pumped to be there. It was incredible.
We felt a little bad for the elementary school-aged kids that were there. Take a listen to this track, and you’ll see why.
Rihanna was a disappointment. I really wish that wasn’t the first thing that I thought right off the bat. She was about an hour and a half late, and when she took the stage seemed really distant, and was barely singing for the majority of the show. Some of her hits were enjoyable to dance around to, but it was mostly just … meh.
When she stopped dancing around and stood still and sang ballads, she was much better. The first song she really slowed down for was this one, and she did it beautifully. As Dave put it, it was the only song she actually felt like singing that night.
Sunday, I was feeling a little bit wonky. Lots of amazing musicians, but not as much sleep! The last show on our roster was Lucero, which had been recommended to us by a friend. I walked in feeling a little tired and dizzy, but both the band and opener woke me up and put me in a great mood.
Shovels and Rope was mid-set when we got there, and they were kind of like a countrified White Stripes. They had a strong rhythmic sound and very raw and beautiful vocals.
Here’s a set they did on Letterman:
And Lucero was excellent. The crowd was very happy to see them, and they put on a heckuva show. They certainly made me into a new fan.
Whew. What a weekend!
What are some good shows you’ve seen lately?