Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sneaky Snake, Oscillator, and Blipvert with guests at Landslide, 8/21/10

Sneaky Snake

It was as though the
Pyramid itself was voiced,
Sighing its musings.


I guess cocaine can
Create incredible things,
If present or not!


Cerberus's howling
Spun a web of emotion...
Machines in mourning.

Oscillator with Special Guests at DIY Space, 8/20/10

Oscillator (ft. guests)

A living, breathing
Expression of the madness
To which life drives one.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Nails and Black Breath at Vacation Vinyl, 8/9/10


Vibrant and alive,
Their furious exub'rance
Lit a fire in me.

Black Breath

So proficient in
Their craft that it brought to mind
A victory lap!

I'd like to talk a moment about my evening watching Nails. I laud them not to discount Black Breath (who were phenomenal and consummately professional), but to put a fine point on just how moved I was by their set. It is exciting to see them manifest just how much of a shit they give through their vivacious, precise performance. Youth oozed from them, not in a self-centered, narcissistic manner, but rather in the form of unbridled passion. They were LOUD, they were ANGRY, they were CERTAIN, they were OPTIMISTIC, and they were quite good at playing their instruments. I was reminded what it felt like to fight back a little, "against the grain" even, and I really hope they keep spreading this gospel.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti with Puro Instinct (formerly Pearl Harbor) and Teen Inc. at the Detroit Bar, 8/7/10

Teen Inc.

Most ambitious and
Quite complicated, Princely
And Steely Dannish!

Puro Instinct (formerly Pearl Harbor)

Sun-kissed and jangly,
Like a postcard from Athens*
Were it a surf town.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Haunted Graffiti
Constructs a stable soapbox
For Pink's wobbly howls.

*That's Athens, Ga, home of Michael Stipe. Not that Greek place.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sun Araw, Metal Rouge and Peaking Lights at the Echo Curio 8/2/10

Sun Araw

Although they wanted
the psycho Euro house vibe,
I was feeling jazz.

Metal Rouge

Patiently crafted
Hellscapes of intertwined tools
And voices, throbbing.

Peaking Lights

With grimy twinkle,
Velvet island underground
Cooled the summer night.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joanna Newsom with Robin Pecknold at the Orpheum Theater, 7/31/10

Robin Pecknold

A kitsch-free master
Of a genre, passionate
Although humorless

Joanna Newsom

My generation's
Best poet is also our
Finest musician.

Set List:

1. '81
2. Have One On Me
3. Easy
4. You And Me, Bess
5. Cosmia
6. Autumn
7. In California
8. Soft As Chalk
9. Good Intentions Paving Company
10. Peach, Plum, Pear
(encore break)
11. Baby Birch