Posts Tagged ‘Japandroids’

Rumor has it that Big Boi is playing Pitchfork Fest.

Speaking of Pitchfork, they have a video up of Here We Go Magic playing SXSW. Don’t forget that they are opening for White Rabbits at Metro later this month.

On a more personal note, I am going to see Deer Tick tonight @ Bottom Lounge, tomorrow night it’s Japandroids @ Lincoln Hall, and Monday is another trip to Lincoln Hall for The Morning Benders.

Stars has their new single “Fixed” available as a free download.

Cursive covers Starship for the A.V. Club and it’s pretty terrible.

Deer Tick has a new song, entitled “Twenty Miles” for download. It’s a little less country, a little more Rolling Stones. Also, I just realized that Andy isn’t in the band anymore. Does that mean no more “Dance of Love”? I guess we shall see on Thursday.

Babelgum has a video of the xx performing at the SXSW Lawn Party.

Also, for those keeping track, this Friday’s Japandroids show at Lincoln Hall just sold out.

Like every month there are a bunch of shows I want to go. I tried to limit myself this month but it was hard:

  • April 8, 2010 – Deer Tick, Those Darlins @ Bottom Lounge
  • April 9, 2010 – Japandroids @ Lincoln Hall
  • April 12, 2010 – The Morning Benders @ Schubas
  • April 17, 2010 – Rogue Wave @ Lincoln Hall
  • April 22, 2010 – The Antlers @ Lincoln Hall
  • April 25, 2010 – White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic @ Metro

April 8, 2010 – Deer Tick, Those Darlins @ Bottom Lounge

I’ve seen Deer Tick once before. They played with Dawes at Empty Bottle last year. I really enjoyed that show despite not knowing much of their catalog. Since then, I’ve become a big fan so I’d like to see them now that I am more familiar with their songs. I’ve never seen Those Darlins but I’ve been wanting to see them for a while now; sadly I did not see them at SXSW. Moreover, I’ll probably end up going to this show because Bottom Lounge is just a few blocks from my apartment. That place rarely seems to get good shows now but when they do happen, I have to take advantage.

April 9, 2010 – Japandroids @ Lincoln Hall

An awesome band playing one of my favorite venues in the city. I saw Japandroids at SXSW and was really impressed. Those guys have tons of energy. I can’t even imagine how awesome this show will be. Japandroids on a Friday night, it’s going to be intense.

April 12, 2010 – The Morning Benders @ Schubas

Saw maybe two songs of these guys at SXSW. I have barely heard any of their music but everyone says they are awesome. Not sure if I’ll actually make it to this one but it could be fun.

April 17, 2010 – Rogue Wave @ Lincoln Hall

I listened to these guys a lot in anticipation of SXSW and I actually saw them at Red Eyed Fly. I was a little too far back to really enjoy that show so I’d like to see them again.

April 22, 2010 – The Antlers @ Lincoln Hall

Mike told me about these guys. I have listened to their album a few times. There are two songs on there that I really like. When it comes to shows at Lincoln Hall, that’s all it takes to get me to go.

April 25, 2010 – White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic @ Metro

Never seen White Rabbits before but I really like their latest CD, It’s Frightening. I have no idea how they’ll be live. I don’t think I’ve heard anything by Here We Go Magic. Michelle likes them so they can’t be that bad, right?

I have pretty much gone to SXSW every year since I started college back in 2000. However, this year was a little different from years past.  It seems I was more familiar with the bands playing this year. Also, I put way too much effort into planning. Planning always seems like a good idea but then once the plans fall apart, you really feel like an idiot for investing that much time into it. I flew into Austin on Wednesday night. I did end up seeing some band at Cheer Up Charlie’s that night but I have no idea who they were. I feel like things really got started on Thursday.

The Rural Alberta Advantage

Thursday started with the Schubas party at Yard Dog. I only stayed for two bands but I was pleased with both performances. First up was The Rural Alberta Advantage. I saw these guys last September at Schubas so I was already a fan.  I can’t think anything particularly salient about the performance this year. It was just an all around solid performance by a good band.


Next up was Japandroids. I had never seen this band before but I had heard tons about them because they get a lot of hype. They were also playing something like eight shows at SXSW. The show at Yard Dog was one of their earlier ones.  I had given their CD a few listens prior but I have to say that their live performance is what sold me on them. They just have so much raw energy live, it is quite infectious. They kind of reminded me of the The Thermals. Also, one thing that I noticed about their live performance, is that it seems like the drummer really leads the band with all his energy. You can tell that he is very passionate about his music. By the end of the set, his hands were covered in blood. Months ago, I purchased tickets to their April show at Lincoln Hall. After this performance, I was glad I did.

After the Yard Dog shows, it was off to Eastbound & Found. Nothing too memorable about the shows there. I saw Danielson. But yeah, I think that’s a band whose records I prefer to their live performances and I’ll just leave it at that.

The Middle East

I made sure to see the Middle East at the Paste party. I knew nothing about them until a few weeks prior. I think they might be from Australia. There is something like seven people in the band. They were on this sampler for the Paste party. I love their song “Blood.” It seems like this band gets a lot of comparisons to Arcade Fire.  I guess I can see the similarities since they have so many people and instruments going on. The vocals are gentle and somewhat reminiscent of Iron & Wine. There were some technical difficulties early so they didn’t get as much time as they were supposed to. Their performance was great. Of course, they played “Blood”, which I loved. I’ll be sure to see them if they ever come to Chicago.

The xx

Next was the xx at French Legation. I don’t know what happened exactly but I somehow ended up right next to the stage. I was at a weird angle though. I was basically watching the band from behind. I’ve really liked the recordings I’ve heard of these guys. However, live they were somewhat disappointing. They didn’t do anything wrong per se. I would just say that they get so much hype, it’s hard to live up to those expectations. They are a good band but nothing spectacular in person. I am willing to cut them some slack though. Some bands just aren’t good outside/during the day. I remember hating the Kills when I saw them at ACL 2008. Also, for some reason I can’t explain, they remind of the Raveonettes.

(photos by me)