April is going to be a busy month for me!
Foals - April 11th in SF
Vampire Weekend - April 16th in Davis
Sigur Ros - April 17th in SF
Metric - April 18th in Oakland
Frightened Rabbit - March 11th in SF
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - April 9th in SF
The Postal Service - April 10th in Davis
I saw Firewind and Turisas in the "Constellation Room" of the Observatory (formerly known as the Galaxy). Be warned if you are ever thinking of seeing a concert there - they took a side lobby, threw up a curtain and some exposed soundproofing, and called it a separate concert venue. This allowed them to have some form of rap concert in the actual concert room at the same time, which allowed me to watch on my way in as some midget gangsta was being escorted out by security, throwing f-bombs left and right while being trailed by his two short ladies (still taller than him). Anyways, on the one hand, you are crammed in a closet that makes you think of that incident in Rhode Island. On the other hand, you are two feet away from the band.
Being two feet away from Gus G going to town on his guitar is worth being crammed in a closet. This video is maybe 70% as ridiculous as he was last night. I would pay good money to see some competition between him, John Petrucci, and Michael Romeo.
Firewind overall was great too. It is good that Gus G gets to have a band with someone who can actually sing and not have to waste all his time trying valiantly and desperately to create something listenable with the walking corpse of Ozzy Osbourne on the microphone.
I had never heard Turisas but I had heard good things about them. They were good enough that I stayed for the whole thing when I had been planning to disappear during the encore break. A good move, because the Battle Metal song was in the encore and it definitely is their best song. Love the electric violin. All the face paint had me worried that I was in for growling, but there was only one growling song performed.
bummed I didn't get to go. I had the exact same reaction the first time I saw Turisas with the face paint but ending up loving them. Only recently have gotten into some firewind, but enjoying the learning curve too. great video
In for Lou Reed and maybe Japandroids and the Three O'Clock.
The opening band also featured face paint, coupled with nonstop growling, so it got me worried. I try to miss local opening bands but I estimated wrong about when to show up and was treated to three songs of it. Different strokes for different folks, but it seemed an odd pairing.
Originally Posted by ucsdguy1
Adding the September Kamelot show to my list. Would love if they had Seventh Wonder as the opener - same vocalist, but that kind of thing never seems to happen. More likely the current backup singers bring their bands, Amaranthe and/or The Agonist, both of which feature singing mixed with growling, but I can take that.
Whose the dude with the gray hair and glasses in the bottom left? I totally thought that was Philip Glass, but he ain't on the list. I'm going to coachella, but it might be nice to see some these bands play full sets (free up possible conflictions too!). I wanna see How To Destroy Angels as many times as possible now that NIN will be touring through 2013-2014.
Originally Posted by sonnyboy11
Lou Reed, maybe?
Originally Posted by BDTR
Nine Inch Nails will tour through 2013-2014, including a revamped lineup featuring new members Adrien Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads, Bowie, etc), Eric Avery (Janes Addiction) and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv)!
Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014 | News | Pitchfork
Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin are back as well. First time NIN will be a 6 piece band, and color me ridiculously excited about the 3 new additions and how they will change the sound.
Ohhh yeah! Good call:
Originally Posted by adgy-san
That's a pretty sweet lineup.
Originally Posted by BDTR