Mega Concert Review: Let’s Catch Up…Pronto!
Well, I’ve been to a few shows over the past months, and I haven’t written about any of them. It’s time to catch everyone up. Now some of these shows happened 3 months ago, so my memory is a little faded…but hell, let’s make some rash judgements anyways.
The Raveonettes & Tamaryn @ The Firebird – 04.08.11
It was a shoegazing night in St. Louis, Tamaryn hit the stage and impressed me. What an incredible voice…echos of Mazzy Star…and the guitarist’s haircut reminded me of Robert Smith. Overall I was quite impressed, and writing this review has reminded me to check them out some more.
The Raveonettes did not disappoint…but you know what did disappoint? The sauna that The Firebird turned into…it was a hot sweaty mess, but they really can’t be held at fault. They can only do so much. On to The Raveonettes, great show…focused a lot on their newer album, which was fine, and dropped some older classics in as well. Sorry this review is short, my memory isn’t what it used to be.
Arcade Fire & The National @ Scottrade Center – 04.21.11
This is the concert I’ve been waiting for in St. Louis for quite some time…the problem? The venue and the fact that it started at 7 pm…sharp. WTF! I would have loved to see this show at The Fox and would have paid a steeper price to see it. The venue makes a huge difference.
I was lucky to see The National at The Pageant back in October (but I wasn’t blogging then, so I didn’t do a review). Matt Berninger has a voice that dispenses moonlight on a dark night. Both times I’ve seen The National, I’ve been mesmerized. Their set list spans all of their albums (little heavier on the older albums…I don’t mind), and they seem to hit all of my favorites. Berninger once again pulled off his “I’m going to walk through the crowd on top of the seats all over this venue while singing ‘Mr. November'”…and it never gets old. It was impressive that the microphone cord stretched that long, it had to be about 150 feet long.
The National Setlist (via RFT):
1. Start a War
2. Anyone’s Ghost
4. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Slow Show
6. Afraid of Everyone
7. Conversation 16
9. Apartment Story
11. Fake Empire
12. Mr. November
13. Terrible Love
Arcade Fire hasn’t played St. Louis since 2004 (at the Rocket Bar…RIP), and I was in grad school then…so I missed them. Needless to say, I was excited to see them live. I was not disappointed. While I enjoy most of their slower songs, they kept the night uptempo and energetic. I was pleasantly surprised to be treated to so many songs off of Funeral and Neon Bible. Seriously. Out of the 17 songs they played, 9 of them were from their previous albums. That’s impressive considering The Suburbs was 16 songs of awesome. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to hear “My Body is a Cage” or “Suburban War” (two of my favorites)…but at the end of the night, I had seen two of my recently favorite bands. Because of that, this concert cracks my Top 27 concerts at #10
Arcade Fire Setlist (via RFT):
1. Ready to Start
2. Rebellion (Lies)
3. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
4. Empty Room
5. Modern Man
7. The Suburbs
9. No Cars Go
11. We Used To Wait
12. Keep the Car Running
13. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
14. Wake Up
15. Month of May
16. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Cold Cave with Half Gay, Née @ The Luminary Center for the Arts– 05.19.11
Mid-May I made my way to The Luminary to catch Cold Cave. The Luminary has a great setup for small bands. I feel like I’m in an art gallery with the musicians well framed in front of me…well it is an art gallery, but the setup is clever. First up was a local electronic art band Half Gay. During the show they had artists up on stage doing paper maiche monster headdresses while their fuzzy beats blared in the foreground. Heavenly. I really enjoyed their set and need to search them out for more.
Née took the stage next and did their best impression of Mates of State or Tennis…the girl/guy duo with drums and a keyboard is getting worn on me…especially if they’re still raw. I was kinda bored. Ok, I was bored. The impressive thing about Née was their lead singer, she had a voice…a powerful yet fragile voice. They’re songs were poppy and they cracked a few jokes during the set…they had fun.
Cold Cave, the new wave/darkwave…whatever wave…band out of Philadelphia came out and just blew the goddamn doors off the venue. For some reason they remind me of Depeche Mode. Maybe it’s the darkness and synths, but they definitely have that vibe in my book…but it’s a harder vibe. Just a wonderful experience, but the show was short…really short…7…seven…SEVEN SONGS! Seriously? I don’t understand 7. Did they get ripped off? Did they do the ripping off? It was only a $10 concert, but I left dazed and confused. I just witnessed what was going to become one of my favorite concerts…and WHAM…I got blue-balled. I think that’s the proper terminology…I got concert blue-balled. As much as I like torture, Cold Cave is coming to the Firebird later this summer, and I’m going to give them another chance…I hope I’m not disappointed.
Chuck Berry @ Blueberry Hill – 05.25.11
He may be 84 years old, but he can still play the guitar better than I ever will. I’ve lived in St. Louis for almost my entire life, and Chuck Berry has been playing once a month at Blueberry Hill as long as I can remember…and it’s just now that I got the chance to see him. I felt humbled to witness such Rock n’ Roll royalty. Sure jokes were made about his shady past, but we put those aside for a night. Chuck Berry might not be able to play the guitar like ringing a bell anymore, but his son (who is also in the band playing guitar) would pick up the notes that Chuck dropped. Didn’t make any difference, I had a blast.
Chuck played the oldies but goodies, except for “Maybellene” unfortunately, and is still a showman that can keep a crowd hoppin’ and boppin’. Shit, 84 years old, and the man can still duck walk across the stage…I think the words out of my mouth were, “He just fuckin’ duck walked.”
I had a permasmile on my face for the entire show. “Johnny B. Goode”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “No Particular Place To Go”, “You Never Can Tell”, “Nadine”, and “My Ding-a-Ling”…can you leave disappointed? Hell no…and that’s why this concert lands on my Top 27 concerts at #5.
Well, I think I’m caught up…next concerts up are:
- U2 with Interpol
- Fleet Foxes
- Cold Cave
- Handsome Furs
- Bon Iver
Hopefully, I’ll keep up my blogging…these mega-reviews are tiring. I’m going to bed.
Posted on July 7, 2011, in Concert Reviews, Music and tagged Arcade Fire, Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry, Cold Cave, Half Gay, Luminary Center for the Arts, Née, Scottrade Center, Tamaryn, The Firebird, The National, The Raveonettes. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.