Since you don't have enough SXSW reviews, here are all the other shows I've been to in the past month. I've already reviewed the Thermals in Seattl
e, The Blow at NYU
& Tunng at Union Hall
, but I've neglected the dozen or so other shows I've seen.02-09 Girl Talk @ Studio B
Even before Girl Talk commanded his 0's and 1's from his C:/ drive, the floor of Studio B was becoming most tumultuous for the simple act of the spinning Nirvana. GT didn't even have to do
anything and we would be happy; so when he got up there and didn't do
anything, we all went batshit insane. The security confiscated most of the girls from the dance floor and placed them on stage, resulting in the dance floor becoming a crushing field of bone and male sweat. You know that scene in A New Hope
where they are about to be flattened by the trash compactor? Sort of like that, but not. How was Gillis's nothingness? IIRC, splendid.02-10 Plug Awards @ Irving Plaza
Every year I have great hope for the Plug Awards, and every year the pacing never works. As David Cross put it during the failing bits, "It looked good on paper, I swear." Malkmus was the saving grace, but by the time he and the Jicks started, the momentum had them defeated.02-16 Arcade Fire @ Judson Memorial Church
I get spoiled seeing my favorite large bands in these small settings. I was in awe and ready to proclaim that the Arcade Fire at Judson Memorial would be the Next Big Thing. Unfortunately the moment was fleeting and they will be on to bigger and lesser venues. People said Saturday was the best of the bunch, but only knowing Friday, and loving every second, I couldn't imagine it being topped - if only because Friday closed with their amidst-the-crowd rendition of "Wake-Up." It's a song to finish on, like a butterfly's last breath before it freezes in the night.02-17 Rock Central Plaza @ Glasslands
They sound like an O'death with added quirkiness and varied orchestral arrangements. It wasn't nearly as successful at Glasslands, so we left to hit the open bar at...02-17 !!!
Wow. !!! might be the best live band ever [See other rival contestant Matt & Kim
below]. Some complained it was too short, but I was utterly exhausted by the set's end. Still, that didn't stop us from dancing afterwards until early morning. Whatever you do, go check them out at Bowery [Sold out?
] and pick up their new album. Here's one of my favorite track off of it. One of the best songs of the year?!!! - All My Heroes Are Weirdos [mp3]02-18 Malajube, Rock Central Plaza @ Mercury
RCP [not to be confused with the RH
CP] redeemed themselves from Saturday with more crisp dynamics that the Mercury Lounge could provide. Malajube rocked but their charm sparkles with their creative use of the English language. He said something about eat hot dogs on a NY sidewalk that melted all the girls hearts, including the little girl inside my soul.02-27 Sparklehorse @ Spinhouse
Short set that left me bored and unimpressed. Unfortunate since I loved his performance at Bowery last fall.03-02 Photo Atlas @ Pianos
Angular post-punk from Denver. They have potential but still need to define their own identity and sound -or at least write an insatiably catchy lick or lyric.03-03 The Jukebox Ghost @ Pianos
Ben Folds Fivish pop band. Very talented pianist with an excellent voice. Can be a little too cutesy at times, but they don't even have a debut yet, just a 3 song sampler. I'd definitely check them out again next time they come up from D.C.
Go download "Good Day" over at Underrated. 03-04 The Thermals @ Bowery Ballroom
03-05 The Thermals @ Studio B
God I love this band. May also be the best live band ever. Bowery was crazier than Studio B, but they both left me panting in the pit. NY Times
reviewed Sunday, Village Voice
[with a really fantastic picture
] reviewed Monday. Nothing destroys a good moshpit than crowd surfing. But Hutch blessed the attempts, and like following their shepherd, they obeyed. 03-09 Matt & Kim @ Bowery Ballroom
Matt & Kim may be the best live band ever. Their music itself is surprisingly average, but it induces such a fever in the crowd that it makes Beatlemania look like a bunch of bored teens. Perhaps it's in this middle ground that allows for people to let lose. It's not groundbreaking and no one cares. Don't think, just move
. With the Studio B show and now this, Matt & Kim are easily the best new live act of 2007.03-10 Shout Out Out Out Out @ Mercury Lounge
I was getting shin splints from all the dancing and jumping by the end of the week. Thank god SXSW took all the bands away so I could recover. Even if the entirety of the Mercury Lounge wasn't as enthralled as our enclave up front, we didn't care. They brought the dance music and we brought the moves, of which I have exactly two: Jumping and Fist Pumping. Both were married happily to Shout Out Out Out Out and the rest was all a blur. An electrical blur. 3xWes reviewed it here.