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What concert/show are you going to?

Discussion in 'Music' started by lakedmb, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. JeffMackwood

    JeffMackwood Maxi-Me

    By the by, besides some decidedly funny remarks about Melania's "disaster heels" (and banter about them with one of her singers) I thought k.d.'s funniest line was when she was talking about the supergroup she formed with Neko Case and Laura Veirs last year, which ended up being called case/lang/veirs. She wanted to call it "The Cameltones." Hilarious!
  2. PaulyT

    PaulyT Behind the Curtain Staff Member Administrator Moderator Superstar

    Cool, I had heard Lang and Case were teaming up, I'm very much looking forward to hearing some of their work. Have they recorded/released anything yet? I've seen Neko live a couple of times, she's great. (Saw her solo, not with The New Pornographers, though I've seen them once too.)
  3. JeffMackwood

    JeffMackwood Maxi-Me

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  4. Doghart

    Doghart Well-Known Member

    Been to about 8 shows this year so far... Part of my new Year's resolution to get out more, see my friends more and see more live music.

    This Saturday, X at the Summit Music Hall. Can't wait!

  5. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous

    I recently saw Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers when they were in Chattanooga. Amazing show. Some of the fav tracks were FM, Green Earrings, a cool version of Shakedown Street, and of course New Frontier.

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  6. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    I am heading out to see the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart, including his Paris Symphony, tonight. On a classical Forte-Piano and also on Harpsichord will be the well known local pianist, performer, Anton Nel. This should be a great show.
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  7. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    It seems Santa Claus moonlights as a violist for the Austin symphony.
  8. heeman

    heeman Well-Known Member Famous


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  9. heeman

    heeman Well-Known Member Famous

    The show and song selection was great..............the sound totally sucked, what a shame for that!!

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  10. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    Tonight I am going to see King Crimson at the University of Texas main concert hall (Bass Concert Hall). This should be fun as I am going with my good friend and bass player / rhythm section partner who loves musicianship as much as I do. We have similar ears for style and energy.

    This Sunday I am going to see Elvis Costello at the small-ish Paramount theater in Austin. This should be great as I am going the most liberal / progressive Jewish friend I've got. I may bring my gun just to make him crazy!

    Good times!!!
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  11. heeman

    heeman Well-Known Member Famous

    ^ So, how was the show?
  12. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    The King Crimson show was both absolutely amazing nearing the point of sheer orgasmic glory while also weighted down with periods of annoying boredom. They performed music from across the legacy of King Crimson, including some of their more, uh, lyrical and smug overly pretentious pieces from the 60s and early 70s. The sax player, in general, never strayed from traditional academic jazz solos, which was a shame give that all the other musicians were truly pushing the boundaries of how their instruments could be used to make music. Also, for the majority of the music there was simply no point in having three drummers on the stage and much of the time even two drummers was pointless. Of course, recreating a song from the era of drumming minimalism when Bill Bruford was creating his reimagined applications of drums was hard to expand to three drummers. Sometimes the middle drummer would play the piano to have something to do, but swapping the main drum part between two very good, but essentially different feeling drummers was more of a distraction than a musically genius move. If the goal was to run master class for drum students on different interpretations of the same song, then they succeeded, and I hope a ton of young drummers were there to see it. But if you just wanted to get lost in the music, it was confusing and often more like a circus act.

    Of course, all the of the musicians were stunningly talented and very impressive to watch play. I had forgotten how tiny Tony Levin was - he always appears to be a giant in the concert videos he's in - an image which may be encouraged by the dominance of his bass sound. Robert Fripp was his usually British aristocratic gentleman self. I imagine him talking about the serfs on his land needing a new doctor then excusing himself to go play the most incredibly impossible guitar solo ever imagined only to return to the conversation with a calm, "so, where were we?"

    The singer / 2nd guitar player was solid in his own right, and when he sang he sounded almost identical to Greg Lake from the original King Crimson lineup. He couldn't pull off the natural frenetic energy of Adrien Belew, so he re-invented those vocals with crafty guitar leads tracking the melodies he was singing, which was very impressive and avoided the issue of attempting to be Belew.

    The drummers were all amazing, in spite of my complete dismissal of the middle drummer for setting up his rack toms in reverse order and still playing them as if they were in the standard order - a trend younger drummers are doing these days to appear innovative, but really they are just silly. The right drummer was precise and intense with a technical skill that was astonishing. The left drummer was emotionally perfect, spewing a soulful emotion in his frantic playing which diminished the difficulty of the parts he laid down.

    When they played the music well suited for such a huge configuration of musicians, the experience was unlike anything I have ever had - having an impact on me more similar to the end of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, or Copelands Fanfare for the Common Man, rather than the tearful impact of Brian Wilson's Smile or The Who's Quadrophenia. In other words, the great moments were more like hearing a great classical performance more than a great rock concert. But King Crimson has always hit me that way. I would hope that in 100 year's time the great artists will be performing these genius pieces in the concert halls.

    So, there you go, that's my review.

    On a side note, the young man next to me was a little over-engaged with the bobbing of his head to the obvious downbeats in the music. On the pieces which jumped from time signature to time signature, or even worse on the parts where all the players were in different meters doing true polyrhythm, I truly thought his head would roll off his shoulders as he desperately tried to find the downbeat. At one point I wanted to lean over and warn him of potential permanent damage if he kept it up.
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  13. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    Elvis Costello was amazing!!! Classic old-school small theater, very intimate - Elvis solo, no other musicians. It was his "Detour" solo show, which he had already finished touring, but returned for this fundraiser for a foundation to help Austin-based musicians with medical treatments for their performing issues (arms, wrists, fingers, etc.). He modified this show quite a bit since it would have been his father's 90th birthday, and he was feeling nostalgic.

    He played many of his old hits, many of his better songs that weren't hits, and even played brand new music he is writing for a play with Burt Bacharach. It was amazing. He brought some of the most rare and gorgeous guitars I've ever seen, including a lovely Gibson acoustic, a Gibson Country Gentleman, and his classic Fender Jaguar from the start of his career. He showed photos and told stories about his first tour of America and Japan, and made jokes about his perceptions of America before he ever visited versus what he discovered after he came over. It was a swell show.

    Among the great tunes that deeply moved me, such as Veronica, Radio Radio, Shipbuilding, Watching the Detectives, and What's so Funny 'bout Peace, Love, and Understanding was a song which has always deeply moved me - Alison. For Alison, which came very near the end of the show, he said something to the audience while away from the microphone and then said, "This is the sort of theater that doesn't even need microphones and amplifiers, let's sing a song without the electronics." and he walked around the mics and stage monitors to the front edge of the stage and started playing his Gibson acoustic guitar for a long intro before gloriously singing, in a voice which was barely audible above the rustling of the audience, "Oh its been funny seeing you after so long girl..." The room erupted and he went on to sing the song at a normal level, the crowd hushed and listening, and without any added flourishes. By the time he finished I was in tears, finally moved all the way to the sobbing fool I so very nearly became with hundreds of listenings. It was amazing.

    There were some low points, such as the sloppy torchlight singing he has never been strong at, but has tried so hard to demonstrate, and his average, at best, piano playing. But over all it was an experience I will always remember as fantastic.
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  14. CMonster

    CMonster I found a liquid cure for my landlocked blues

    Currently waiting for Blues Traveler to take the stage...
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  15. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    I just got tickets from an old friend to attend Michael McDonald tomorrow night at the Austin City Limits theater.
  16. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    By the way, Michael McDonald was shockingly good. I mean, like really really good. I didn't expect that much energy and power from someone collecting Social Security, but damn! Of course, some of his hits are not all that fun and I find them boring beyond belief, but those only took up about a third of the show.

    If you can catch his show, I recommend it.
  17. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar


    Not sure if those of you who like to frequent concerts are using it, but the phone App "Bandsintown" is fantastic. I've been using it since late last year and it has become my primary source for what is happening in terms of shows. I even use it when I visit other towns because it is pretty common that some artist I would like to see is playing no matter where I go. If I can afford it, the seats are decent, and I have the free time, I just go. It is great!

    The news story above is about how they are now allowing a venue or festival to manage their own pages on the app. This ensures the most current information is available to the app. Before the venue or festival had to make an announcement then Bandsintown would make a change to the show, and that could sometimes take days. I once got an update on one of my favorite artists turning up at a small festival I could have gone to the day AFTER the festival took place. Sad. This should be a great upgrade.
  18. Randy

    Randy Well-Known Member Famous

    So, there was once this local St. Louis band in the late 80's and early 90's (kinda funky hair metal glam rock(ish)) that had a run at it. Couple of videos on MTV and a record that was selling well over the world.
    Lo and behold while they were recording their second album, Nirvana was literally across the hall recording Nevermind and so was the end of hair metal, glam rock, and most of the rock iterations associated with them. Second album was never released and record label dropped them like a hot potato, and they decided to call it quits for Kingofthehill (formerly Broken Toyz).

    Several of the guys have had decent success with other projects and have toured the world and done pretty well. The drummer called it quits and hadn't played live in close to 25 years. Well, they had a little reunion show at a small venue in St. Louis and several of us had to go. They did almost all of their first album and several of the more popular songs on their second album that they released several years later, titled unreleased.

    Then since everyone was waxing nostalgic they came out and did a Broken Toyz (cover band for the most part) set for their encore and started it off with Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith.

    Holy crap, that may be the most fun Ive ever had at a show. I honestly cant remember a show that I enjoyed more. Thank you Kingofthehill for getting back together and entertaining us all one more time.
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  19. CMonster

    CMonster I found a liquid cure for my landlocked blues

    I remember them! One of my best friends in high school knew the guitar player (I think my friend's older sister may have dated him, not sure). I remember when they were making their first music video he said something like "they made us look a lot cooler than we actually are."
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  20. Randy

    Randy Well-Known Member Famous

    Jimmie Griffen is still rockin out and has done very well since. Jimmie, aside from being a badass guitar player, is one of the founding members of El Monstero the Pink Floyd tribute band. I saw them earlier this year and I had just seen Roger Waters. Roger Waters blew me away and was way better than I expected. Then, I go to see this Pink Floyd tribute band and was blown away again. Holy crap those guys are amazing.

    Frankie Muriel is the genius behind Dr. Zhivegas, which is absolutely a party every time they play. They travel all over the US and sometimes overseas. Had a resident gig in Vegas at the Red Rocks Casino IIRC.

    George Potsos is still rockin the Lou with Trixie Delight, another very popular band.

    Dr. Z and Trixie Delight both make it out to KC on occasion. You guys should check them out.
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