I went to see Danny Brown on Saturday at the Showbox Market. Didn't realize it was an all ages show before we got there. I love that venue but it sucks for all ages. No way in hell that you can get up close unless you get there early and do not want to have any alcohol. This is the third time that I have seen Danny Brown and it was the first time not in a festival setting. My expectations were lofty because he was great at Sasquatch and CHBP. You know what though? Fucking hype men. He never had them at the festival shows but he had anywhere between 2-5 on stage with him on Saturday. So dumb, I just want to hear Danny Brown not his bros. The crowd was vibin' pretty tough in there so that was fun but I just can't get over how annoying those guys are on stage. It was my least favorite of the three Danny Brown shows I have seen despite it being in one of my favorite venues. Still had a fun time...just being critical.
That's pretty shitty. I've seen him in club shows before and he didn't have them in the past. Hype men are the fucking worst.
Made it to the Narwhal last night. Yesterday was a full day of drinking capped off with a full night of loud music. He Whose Ox Is Gored, Bell Witch, Theories and Black Breath were all really good. He Whose Ox Is Gored is a four piece. The vocals are shared by the guitar player and the lady on the synths. They have sort of a post apocalyptic soundscape vibe going on. Bell Witch is a drummer and bass player that hit the low frequencies hard. They rattled my chest and had me thinking of Earth/Sleep at times during their set. The vocals from the drummer were deep growls, couldn't tell you what he was saying. Trippy set. Theories was fucking rad. I am pretty sure they have the same drummer that Great Falls does. They play a blend of instrumental tripped out jam sessions and relentless thrash metal. Their vocalist was on the floor just losing his shit in the crowd. After a few songs the crowd got into it as well.
Nick came out for Black Breath. It was cool getting a chance to kick it. Thanks for the beer dude! At that time I am not so sure I needed another haha. Black Breath are such pros. They sounded amazing in that venue. I stayed back and just took it all in. Didn't feel like raging in the pit. I guess their drummer was in a horrible accident and this was the first show since he recovered. Their singer has to be one of the best headbangers out there. I look forward to checking out other shows at Narwhal. Cool place.
Last Edit: May 15, 2014 9:49:52 GMT -8 by badchoices
I caught Theories too! They both slayed, I don't go to that type of show often but I had a really good time. I agree that acoustically the Narwhal sounds surprisingly good considering half the time I'm there it's just karaoke or whatever. Good times, great to kick it with you for a bit dude.
RIP Monogamy Party. They went out with a sold out show and the crowd gave a great round of applause after they were done. Kennedy was clearly on drugs but was able to pull it together whenever they were performing a song. Between tracks, he was a mumbling mess and could really only utter "Fuck you guys...". The rest of the band were clearly tired of dealing with him and just wanted to play music. Good on 'em for playing the rest of the shows they committed to and doing them with passion. I will miss that band.
Before them, Sandrider blew the socks off of a full Black Lodge. It was pretty special seeing them play in that venue. Deadkill played the best set that I have seen them play. Haunted Horses were kick ass (kind of a dark Joy Division vibe with a lot more upbeat rocking out). Hadn't seen them before but loved their set. They are another Seattle band that I will be keeping my eyes on.
The shows at the Victory Lounge (next door) were too packed to watch inside (felt a little to claustrophobic. I caught the sets from outside though. Blood Drugs and Kinski both seemed to put on killer shows that night.
Post by Blacksmile on Jun 23, 2014 19:38:31 GMT -8
While I didn't get as much out of Sled as I wished I had, I did manage to catch a couple of great sets.
Neko Case cancelled her mainstage performance so they opened it up to the public for free (thanks Neko!). Saw Joel Plaskett and Blitzen Trapper for free on Friday night.
Caught Helms Alee on Friday night as well! Great show.
Saturday night at the Republik was Minnepolites FURY THINGS, Calgary band Night Committee, Montreal's Solids and the legend himself, BOB MOULD.
Bob Mould was unreal and surpassed his Sasquatch performance by...well I reaaly don't know. It was great. He played for an hour and forty minutes when he was only scheduled for 60 minutes. He played a good mix of Sugar and solo stuff and then ended the set with about 20-30 minutes of Husker Du chunes. At 50+ years old, that guy rocks the fuck out of any stage he hits. The smile on my face almost split my head in two. It was a real honor seeing him play in a small bar with about 200 people.
My biggest letdowns, in terms of missed shows at this years Sled Island, were Gaytheist, Deadkill and Rocket From the Crypt. Next time.
I wouldn't be surprised if you are picturing me peeling a carrot with a staple gun.
I wasn't going to comment on this because what is there to say about a Kraftwerk show in 2014 other than "holy fucking shit I can't believe I got to see Kraftwerk in my lifetime", but all I can think about now is how well that show would have gone over at the Gorge. Unparalleled professionalism. It was simultaneously loud and precise in a way I've never seen an entirely digital act pull off. They dropped all of the bass which you don't really expect from Kraftwerk. Even the children who have never heard music from the 1970s would have been into it. Yes, Primus had "better" 3D visuals, but Kraftwerk's 3D was built to encompass venues the of the Gorge's size. If by some kind of crazy but not so crazy miracle they are booked at the Gorge again, I will personally rob a bank so that I can buy all of the tickets and distribute them accordingly through the interwebs because we all need this in our lives.