Saw Freelance Whales in Vancouver on Friday. They played opener for Shout out Louds. I was/am pretty into their album. Their live show was good, but not great. Could have just been some issues with sound mixing, but things just seemed out of whack. The lead singer was inaudible for some parts of the songs just due to the volume of the bass drum. They played a pretty good opener set though, probably 7 songs or so. Generator First Floor, and Broken Horse being the highlights for me. I've got them conflicting with the xx on Sunday, so I'll probably just see the first 20 minutes and then take off.
Just took a day trip to Portland to see Caribou tonight (and think I might go to Seattle show tomorrow night if my friends can get me on the guest list). Caribou are quite a force. Favorite parts include the intense differences between extremely soft passages into sudden loud bursts of energetic, musical noise as well as when dan snaith plays his own drum set while the drummer plays his and creates a joyous drumorgy. (I'm really bad when it comes to describing music, so bear with me here.)