Voxtrot-Foreign Borns-Cordero-Bobby Bare Jr.-Fruit Bats-Rogue Wave-Wolf Parade
Saturday was a long and phenomenal day. I’ll keep it as brief as possible:Voxtrot at Rothko at 3:00 PM
- even better than their previous performance. If I was Nostradamus, I’d say once an LP comes out, they’ll be able to sell out Bowery Ballroom. They’ll appeal to a pretty wide audience. I’m glad I see them every chance I get.
The Joggers Foreign Borns at Cake Shop 4:00
- After seeing this band, I asked the sound man who they were, just to make sure (I obviously only vaguely know the Joggers) He said that they were the Foreign Borns and not the Joggers as was previously posted to play at 4:00; also, he said that Apollo Sunshine was next. Fortuntely these guys were good enough for me, and definitely worth my time stopping by. I now see that the Joggers got moved to after Apollo Sunshine.Cordero at Union Pool, 5:15
- $10 admission that includes BBQ and a couple PBRs? What a deal! Codero, a hybrid of Latin and Country, were pretty blah. But that type of music isn’t for me anyway…what is? Glad you asked:Bobby Bare Jr. at Union Pool at 6:15
- One of my favorite performers. With a baritone sax substituting for bass guitar, the trio still rocked as hard as ever. Bare’s voice is one of my favorites, and he is such a goof-ball; for example, song titles: Mayonaise Brain, The Monk at the Disco, Flat-Chested Girl from Maynardville. The new song, “Stop Crying” that he always plays at the end is Bobby at his finest, and usually causes my eyes to water. So beautiful.Sub Pop at Bowery Ballroom:
Fruit Bats - one of the best surprises all week. I knew I liked a few of their songs, but they are just so good and enjoyable live. It was their first show in NYC in 2 years, and Eric Johnson kept asking permission to play older songs. They are obviously way too nice. They're back in town to open for Son Volt next month, but I’m hoping for their own show at Mercury Lounge or somewhere comparable.
Rogue Wave - (I retreated downstairs for Kinski)- Much better than the last time I saw them -when I actually left early. Angela, a big fan of “Out of the Shadow”, was still unmoved. I was more familiar with their forth-coming album, so I really liked them. And I didn't leave early this time.
Wolf Parade - I won't really say much about them because I know others will say it much better. They are every bit as good live as their album let on, but are far less like Modest Mouse or Arcade Fire when they perform. The energy on stage and in the crowd was pretty excited, but not nearly as intense that I predict it will get in a few months. It’s definitely music you can mosh to, although that didn’t occur yet, on Saturday. Not yet.
After that show, people kept stealing our cabs that we were trying to hail for 5-10 minutes. When the next couple that hailed one right in front of us, I ran up to them as they got inside and asked them where they were headed. Fortunately they said Knitting Factory which is just around the block from Tom Vek at the Tribeca Grand. We all cut our cab fair in half.
When we arrived at the hotel, we had to wait in an immobile line. Knowing Tom Vek would probably finish any minute, we gave up at headed back to the LES for the final show at Crash Manion.