Whenever I go to a show with three bands, I'm always wary. However, it winds up that this night there was no need to worry. All the bands sounded great and had great songs. Warm Soda was good, but all I recall a week later is the singer / guitarist had an axe shaped axe. The Mallard have this garage-goth vibe, as best as I can describe it. I liked them quite a bit and bought the vinyl. It came with a download code, which is all the rage right now. You can have vinyl and it's also on your iPhone without a lot of rigamarole. Thee Oh Sees pretty much just killed. So good & so fun.
Damn this was a great show. The opener White Fence was so fantastic I was worried for the headliner. Fantastic rocking sound with Bob Dylan and more thrown in. Then came up a band with a back up singer, 2 saxophones, a piano player, and a rock band. It was fantastic. Apparently, reading Wikipedia, the kid (he's born in 1986) worked at Rooky Ricardo's (less than a block from my home) and became an expert in soul music, and the set showed it. So so good. Then Ty Segall came out and just rocked the place. Man what a set. At some point he pointed out that the last time he'd been at The Fillmore he was 18 and saw The Cramps. His dad came out and played drums on one of his songs. So good. I can't believe that it was less than two years ago I saw him play at a leather bar. This was a stellar evening of kick ass music.
A terrific short in-store performance for a band I've been seeing for 19 years now. They played songs off of their new album, just out this week. They said they were doing a west coast record store tour since they wouldn't really be back out here on tour for several months. They also played what a friend told me was a Grateful Dead cover, and one old one from 20 years ago (sheesh) off of "Painful". I picked up the record (another digital download!) and it is great.
This was a release party show for The Tunnel's new album. It's great. I bought it on vinyl and it sounds fantastic. The band has a new drummer since the recording. The show was great. It must be interesting to keep your groove when you change up your band after playing with them for years. I'm sentimental, and it will always be great to see your friend rock out just about 21 years after the first time.
Nick Cave in the cavernous venue in Civic Center. For a few great songs there was a fantastic children chorus singing along with his band. There also were many musicians on stage making it a great show. We enjoyed the opener and her voice as well.
This was the first time I've been to this new venue right on the Valencia drag in the heart of the hipster Mission. It's a nice place! I hope to see more shows here again. Mr. Callahan always mixes it up with his songs when playing live. Tonight was no exception. Lou Reed had recently passed, and the band opened up with a terrific cover the "White Light, White Heat."