The Bottom of The Hill
Bottom of the Hill was packed from stage to door, teeming with Ted Leo super fans in a hurry to forget about the pouring rain outside. Anyone who'd been drunkenly talking over the warm up acts promptly shut up to hear each word Leo uttered; he's that respected. The nervy frontman (who usually gets so insane onstage he sheds blood) for his band the Pharmacists was rolling solo this time around, proving to be the perfect chance for Leo's heart-on-his-sleeve, politically-tinged songwriting to shine.
Admiral Radley headlined Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday ready to rock all night. The first thing out of Aaron Espinoza's mouth: "You guys are f***ed. We're gonna play every song we know." That was at 11. All hyped up on cheap beer, the band proceeded to do just that. The quartet (two members from Grandaddy and two from Earlimart) belted out the usual suspects: "I Heart California," "Ghosts of Syllables," "Sunburn Kids," and "I'm All F***ed on Beer," but Ariana Murray's quiet solo for "Thread" stole the show. She's a real class act.