It feels like it was just yesterday when the festival touring circuit was over. Well, the winter hibernation is over, and with festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo just around the corner, there are some big music decisions to make on the home front. Here are our March and April suggestions.
Quasi, The Independent, 3/10: These Portland staples have been touring and impressing fans since '93. Over the years, they've collectively toured and/or recorded with Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, and many others.
Just because indie pop darlings Phoenix are, you know, from France and look like they're about 12 (they're all in their 30's) doesn't mean they don't totally rock out. They brought the noise, the strobe lights and the “Lisztomania" last night to an oh-so-very sold out show at the Fillmore. The band's been riding quite a popularity wave this past year (we're looking at you, Cadillac commercial), but definitely lived up to the hype last night with pitch-perfect favorites off of last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and a some serious Houdini action (all of a sudden frontman Thomas Mars was in the back of the venue- whoah!) for "1901." Sophia Coppola, you've got quite a man there. He even let us all on stage.
We have a sweet spot for French electronic, pop, and hip-hop. And Phoenix, some of our favorite Frenchies, have climbed the ranks quite quickly over the last year. Even though they've been around nearly a decade (their first album debuted in 2000) there's something about Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix that has people's tongues wagging all over town. Just six short months ago we paid equivalent to $30 to see Phoenix. Maybe it's the Cadillac commercial, maybe it's the SNL stint or maybe it's just the sheer delight of this deliciously perfect pop album, but how did ticket prices to see them jump ten-fold in half a year?
Amidst this bizarre summer cold and heavy ghost pirate fog plaguing the City, this weekend’s lineup is really going to heat things up. Unfortunately, most of the good stuff completely conflicts with each other. Make good choices ladies and gents.
N.E.R.D., The Warfield, 7/30: Meet Snoop Dogg’s self-professed therapist and master producer, Pharrell in his most creative state – on stage with buddies Chad and Shay at The Warfield. We think you’ll be surprised by the beats they’ve created for mainstream pop and rap. It’s surprising how much they’ve put together for artists these days.
Those of us who trekked all the way to Manchester, Tennessee last week for Bonnaroo know that choosing between 100+ artists surely isn't easy. Couldn’t catch Grizzly Bear because you were shaking your booty to Santigold? No worries, some of Bonnaroo’s greatest leftovers are stopping by for a visit.
Sleepy Sun, Great American Music Hall, 6/19: This local sextet has been generating tons of buzz on the blog circuit for their raw, high-energy rock sound. Disclaimer for first timers: make sure you know the standard call and return at every Sleepy Sun show, “Let’s get weird.” It’s shouted loud and proud by avid fans, and trust us, the show will probably be just that.