You leave their gigs wanting to do unimaginably filthy, naughty things ... they play music you have to dance to in true ugly fashion: where your hair flies everywhere and you don't care what you look like as you're so caught up in the moment! (Artrocker)
Pela...they are good. They are great. I'm sometimes unsure of why they haven't garnered more popularity. Front man Billy McCarthy exudes intensity. His one of a kind voice blends nicely with the familiar yet truly unique sounds of the Brooklyn band. Oh yeah, they like to rock out too.
Highlight for me was the catchy "Lost To The Lonesome" (download the track here).
The Decemberists Symphonic Tour hit Chicago today for a free show at the magnificent bandshell in Grant Park. Backed by the Grant Park Symphony, the Canadian wonderband sounded just as good, if not better, than I've ever heard.
A humidity (SO humid) / rain combo couldn't deter the massive crowd from enjoying the free tunes. The opening "Crane Wife" was truly magnificent. A bummer that I couldn't stay for the whole show but glad I dropped by for a few.
Courtney Love's selective new-album-hype tour stopped in NYC last night for a midnight performance at the Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom. An 11:00pm start time turned into midnight real fast as the place quickly filled up with free-show RSVP'rs...including celebs Laura Prepon and Danny Masterson. Oh, and it was hot as a mofo in there.
I'm hesitant to offer up a judgement on Court's new songs just yet. I'm going to wait to hear the full album before making that decision. I will say I found a few of her songs seemed to sound really good; the setlist was pretty close to Monday night's London gig. Standouts were "Celebrity Skin" and "Dirty Girls". Love was enjoying "not enjoying" it as best as she could. Most of the crowd was ecstatically eating it up.
Best love quote of the night: "Relax honey. I'm like Springsteen; I can go all night...so chill out."
The kings of Rock 'n Soul, Daryl Hall & John Oates, descended on Times Square for the first of two nights of classic jams. Shrugging off some early monitor problems (like the first 40 minutes!) D&O turned it up a notch and finished strong. Although I think the last time I saw them was a better overall performance, tonight's set included a really great take on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" in addition to the obvious favs ("Sarah Smile" -> "I Can't Go For That").