Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/9/09 - The Paper Chase, Astronautilis, Valina

holy shit, what an amazing night at the granada. i'm starting to fall in love with that place, despite the high cover charges and expensive drinks. that sound system is amazing.

Valina was up first. they hail from Austria, and have played with the Paper Chase in Europe. And oh my gawd, were they fantastic. I mean, that was one of the best sets I have seen in a long, long time (and i've seen my share). I loved it. Very unique song structures, absolutely amazing drum work, had elements of hardcore metal, noise-rock and math-rock. Some songs almost sounded a bit like Austrian folk songs (or at least, what I think those would sound like). Wonderfully complex, beautiful stuff. Ended up buying both the EP and the CD. Gave 'em every last dollar i had on me - you gotta support those touring bands.

Astronautilis continued the greatness. Never seen him before, even though he comes thru quite a bit. Phenomenally talented dude, and funny/smart as hell. I knew he was a rapper, but i didn't realize how much more to his music there was. What a fantastic, emotion-filled growl of a voice - sounded very Tom Waits-like sometimes. Armed with only a laptop, he'd kick off a track, then sing, rap and flail around the stage much like a televangelist in a religious fury. It was an awesome spectacle - i could not take my eyes off him. an incredible, emotional, high-energy performance. I vowed that night to never miss another one of his shows, if i could help it. woulda bought his new CD, if i hadn't given all my cash to Valina.
The Paper Chase capped off the night with an amazing set full of their brand of slightly off-kilter, strangely structured but very catchy and highly entertaining tunes. energetic frontman John Congleton did not disappoint (at least, me), flailing around the stage (lots of flailing that night), punctuating many of his lines with his trademark expectoration (sure hope he doesn't have swine flu). thought the keyboard playing and vocals by sean were great (but you knew I'd say that). anyways, it was an awesome set to finish off an awesome night.

5/8/09 - Guns 4 Roses, Green Manalishi

headed to the LBG to check out my buddy's new GNR tribute band. knuckles came with, and joe the boy toy showed up, too.

Green Manalishi opened, offering up a nice collection of southern rock covers. I didn't recognize most of the songs, which is great, being as how I am generally not a fan of covers. Anyways, thot they were pretty talented.

Guns 4 Roses headlined. I'm not exactly a big GNR fan (k, not even a little one), but these guys put on quite a show. full costumes, authentic guitars (so i'm told), and everything. the frontman definitely had the whole axl rose thing down, flailin' about just like you see in the videos. anyways, they put on a very solid two-hour show, fully satisfying all the hard-core GNR fans in the place.

5/4/09 - Paul Slavens

Finally caught the legendary Paul Slavens weekly show at Dan's on a Monday night, thanks to the swine flu (long story). If you've never seen this show, it's a must-do, at least once. Paul and a very talented group of musicians take (usually extremely inappropriate) song title suggestions (along with donations) from the audience, and come up with a completely improvised and fully-created song. Very impressive to behold, and very funny. Check it out.

5/2/09 - Pinebox Serenade, The Heelers, The Furrows

ended up at dan's in denton, with the two aforementioned cougars. fun times for all...

somehow forgot my camera, so no crappy pics. you're welcome.

The Furrows from Mississippi were up first. Some very cool bluesy, soulful southern rock. Dug the voice on the lead. Very good, really enjoyed it.

The Heelers were up next, and I thought they were great as well. Similar to The Furrows' style, maybe a bit more country. Good stuff.

Pinebox Serenade headlined. Very large group of very talented individuals. Some very nice folky, blue-grassy tunes.