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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Heats101 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:09 pm

Heats101 wrote:Seeing Bombay Bicycle Club here in Adelaide in January.
Saw them for the first time earlier in the year as support to Elbows tour down under.Was very impressed with the BBC performance and am glad that they are now headlining here in their own right.

Bah spoke to soon. They have cancelled Adelaide due to "unforeseen circumstances" i.e. poor ticket sales I guess based on the fact they have downsized the remaining venues.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby strangerinthehouse » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:42 pm

Saw Regina Spektor Saturday night in Miami Beach. What a talented woman, such a great voice and a very humble performance. Seeing her live made me appreciate her newest record a lot more, it also made me realize how big of a step it is compared to some of her previous recordings. She had a three piece band playing with her though they might have been a bit too subtle if the main attraction wasn't her voice and piano playing.

Highlights: "Samson" which she played by herself on the piano. It was a showstopping closer. "Sailor Song" - one of her quirkiest songs from her major label debut. "How" - from the new album. I had forgotten how devastating this song was. Of course, her best known songs - "Us," "On the Radio," and "Better" were also great. Lots of singing along to that one. I recorded the concert and hope to have it up on dime soon.

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:01 pm

Glad you saw her. I loved her when I did on her last album's tour. (And I too share your crush, along with everyone else!)

I have to say I played the new one very little. Sadly it's been diminishing returns for me since Begin To Hope. Just too much throwaway cutesiness on the new one. Have to listen more. 'Samson' solo was fabulous for me. I will also always remember the guy next to me who spent the whole evening howling for 'Us' and went mental when she played it. 'That's all I came for!' he announced to all around. I like her Live in London CD/DVD as a record of that tour.

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby ice nine » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:50 pm

Martha was great!! Just her and her guitar. She has a great voice. She played for an hour an half. Well worth the $14 price of the ticket. There were a few concerts going on in Pgh last night. At a club across the street was Supersuckers, another part of town was Citizen Cope, and, lastly, was the pop icon Canadian, Justin Bieberski.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Wow that's cheap. How obscure/well-known is she there? Seen her twice in Cambridge. Wish she'd come back, she was great.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby invisible Pole » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:58 pm

James and Echo & The Bunnymen at O2 Academy in Brixton next April sounds like a delicious show.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:20 pm

Johnny Marr UK tour to promote first solo album (The Messenger) due late Feb. Cambridge Junction March 12, and I bet he would sell out Corn Exchange, bless him. Great that I'll finally see him. After failing idiotically to see The Smiths in Sept '83 or anytime after, and having seen Moz three times, the time has really come. Hope he really goes for it guitar-wise!

A pattern here with Sexsmith and Marr with new albums Feb and March gigs, only 5 days apart. Sigh.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby nicola76 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:27 pm

In the last little while I've seen Tim Burgess of Charlatans fame at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline (nice wee venue, one slightly mental woman in the audience), Gaslight Anthem in Glasgow's O2, Squeeze at the same venue and then The Stereophonics last Monday also at the O2. All excellent, although aslight Anthem I felt dipped a bit in the middle of the show and never quite recovered for me, although the reaction of the crows suggested i might have been the only one who felt that.

Coming up I have:

Jake Bugg (Edinburgh)
NME Awards Tour in Glasgow (I'm going for Miles Kane)
3 x Elvis (Gateshead, Blackpool, Edinburgh)
Springsteen (Glasgow)
Bon Jovi (Glasgow)
Kenny Rogers (Glasgow)

Excuse the last two, I'm taking my Mum and Gran to those! :oops:

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:55 pm

your name seems to be a semi ref to Nicola Six in Amis's London Fields?

How was Tim Burgess? Would like to hear more of his solo album given that the one and only Kurt Wagner was co-writer on it and I think the backing band are more or less Lambchop.

I would truly hate to have to see Bon Jovi! At present I'm playing music for a primary school wild west production that involves 4 (yes 4!) of their songs and god is it awful.

I think Jake Bugg is on the line-up for the Westport festival I'm seeing Elvis at end of June. Any good?

My list for 2013 is probably the best one I've started any year with!

Richard Hawley
Johnny Marr (Cambridge)
Ron Sexsmith (RAH)
Edwyn Collins (Cambridge)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Birmingham)
Elvis (Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland)

Wanted to see Elvis in Birmingham too, and may just yet, but a little hard to justify.

6 of my heroes. Perfect.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby ice nine » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:43 pm

I went to a tribute of Marvin Hamlish here in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall. Marvin conduted the POPS for several seasons. I don't know if he lived here, but his wife said they enjoyed it here. The hall was packed(app 27,00) and many Broadway stars sang selections written by Marvin. Lucie Arnez and Robert Klein sang a few tunes from their show They're Playing Our Song (Robert was pretty good), Idini Manzel (the green witch of Wicked) sang a spectacular version of "Way We Were', and, of course, some selections from Chorus Line were played. He really was a genius. Most Julliard students are immensely talented.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby nicola76 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:50 pm

Well, since last posting I've also added Public Enemy, Lucinda Williams, 2 x Burt Bacharach and Paul Weller at Edinburgh Castle to my list of gigs. Also two lesser known acts in Beerjacket (who supported Ron Sexsmith in Edinburgh last year) and The 10:04s who are a local Edinburgh band.

The last few gigs I've been at have been pretty good. Jake Bugg at The (HMV) Picturehouse was good fun. Real rapid fire delivery of songs, a young (drunk) crowd that he was able to silence on occasion with some of the quieter songs from his album. Good to see an 18 yr old hold court with a few thousand folk with nothing but a guitar. He finished with Folsom Prison Blues and it's the first time I've seen crowd surfing to that!

The NME Tour was a strange one. I got to Glasgow in time to see Palma Violets who had a huge amount of support there. Certainly afterwards the teenagers outside seemed to be mostly congregating for them. I found them a bit one paced to be honest - all very Vaccines, etc. Miles Kane was excellent. Had the crowd absolutely bouncing, played mostly quicker songs from his last album as well as 2(?) new ones. Loved it. Worth the trip through on a Monday night worth it. Then Django Django came on after a (too) long set-up which just seemed to make people bored. A lot left after Miles Kane who was pretty much the main draw IMO, and a few tunes in from Django Django and I left too. Found them really passionless in a Kraftwerk sort of fashion. Not my thing at all. Going by the way the venue opened its side doors to let more people leave, I don't think I was the only one. A really strange line up, but I'm always happy to try out new things when it comes to music.

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:48 am

Funny because although I know very little of Django Django, people have been raving about them, live as well as recorded. Would like to see Miles Kane. I drum in a covers band where Inhaler is one of our numbers. Great fun, if technically pretty demanding. Like his voice. Jake Bugg is on the Westport (Mayo) Festival line-up along with Elvis in the summer, so I'll see the lad then.

My you get out to a decent number of gigs. My first of the season on Friday with Richard Hawley. Can't wait.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby so lacklustre » Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:51 pm

O'Hooley & Tidow at the Forge in Basingstoke last night - great fun.

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby nicola76 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:15 am

Two more gigs added! The Strypes which is one of those 'costs a fiver, I'll see what the hype is all about' gigs, and also Emmylou Harris (both in Glasgow).

The highlight of my week has been actually getting my leave for Elvis's Gateshead and Blackpool concerts! I was seriously worried after his initial 'no'

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:16 am

You never stop!

Richard Hawley last night at the Corn Exchange. Lovely stuff. The wide-screen guitar fuelled lengthy pieces of Standing at the Sky's Edge really come into their own live. I think he played it all apart from the slightly dirgey/Oasisy opener She Brings The Sunlight. Seek It is a personal fave, glorious, but the ones with more driving rhythms and big solos were sublime. He also played a couple of my faves off Truelove's Gutter: the wonderful, hypnotic Remorse Code and, one of the night's highlights, Open Up Your Door. There was one early song I didn't know, which he said he wrote for his father, who'd go and listen to his songs on a Walkman whilst working in the gruelling heat of the Sheffield steel works.

He's a curious mix of touch Northern rocker, in his uniform of very cool black leather jacket and jeans and rockabilly haircut, and telling us 'Watson and Crick may have worked out DNA on a beermat in The Eagle, but I had a pint there earlier and it was fucking shite', and a very tender, appreciative, nice performer and family man who thanked us profusely for being there and loving him and told and sang to us about his love for us. I warmed a lot to him. Also, I've never seen so many guitar changes, even more than Elvis. he changed for a new one for each of the first 10 or so before sticking with a gorgeous f-hole Gibson (1201 or something) for 3 songs, and then returning to an earlier Rickenbacker (of which he had two). I'm no guitar specialist, but even I was getting off on the fetishism of it all, e.g. when he strapped on the most gorgeous black Gretsch imaginable. There was a running gag about him not being able to say how many guitars he had in response to questions as his wife would then find out it was, like, 182 when she thought it was only 10!

I remember Who Shot Sam? was a huge fan. Took me a while to get him. Thought he was too retro (a friend dismissed him as being Mark Lamarr no. 2!), but I love the body of work he's creating. Recommended.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby so lacklustre » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:24 am

Saw Hawley last year and was a great show.

Last night saw Irish folk songstress Heidi Talbot in a three piece band including her husband John McGusker on violin and mandolin and guitarist Ian Carr. Very good show with mixture of modern traditional and covers including a good version of Time the Tom Waits song from Rain Dogs.

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:03 pm

Presumably that's Boo Hewerdine on guitar. Cover is OK as a straight folk rendition, but it's not a patch on the brilliant original and the words don't really sound right in that setting. I can imagine she's worth seeing, though. Hoping to see a good slew of Irish performers on the bill along with Elvis, ABC and the Blind Boys of Alabama this summer.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Who Shot Sam? » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:26 am

Good to hear! Sadly, he's not touring over here and there is nothing on the horizon, so I'll have to make do with records.

My only recent "gig" if you could call it that, was "Parsifal" at the Metropolitan Opera last week. Easily the best thing I've ever seen there. Musically near perfect, with Daniele Gatti conducting (from memory!), Rene Pape as Gurnemanz and the supremely gifted German tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal. They are doing an HD broadcast of it to theaters around the world this Saturday and I was so taken with it that I will be attending that as well. The production is by Canadian Francois Girard, who directed the film "The Red Violin."

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Richard Hawley last night at the Corn Exchange. Lovely stuff. The wide-screen guitar fuelled lengthy pieces of Standing at the Sky's Edge really come into their own live. I think he played it all apart from the slightly dirgey/Oasisy opener She Brings The Sunlight. Seek It is a personal fave, glorious, but the ones with more driving rhythms and big solos were sublime. He also played a couple of my faves off Truelove's Gutter: the wonderful, hypnotic Remorse Code and, one of the night's highlights, Open Up Your Door. There was one early song I didn't know, which he said he wrote for his father, who'd go and listen to his songs on a Walkman whilst working in the gruelling heat of the Sheffield steel works.

He's a curious mix of touch Northern rocker, in his uniform of very cool black leather jacket and jeans and rockabilly haircut, and telling us 'Watson and Crick may have worked out DNA on a beermat in The Eagle, but I had a pint there earlier and it was fucking shite', and a very tender, appreciative, nice performer and family man who thanked us profusely for being there and loving him and told and sang to us about his love for us. I warmed a lot to him. Also, I've never seen so many guitar changes, even more than Elvis. he changed for a new one for each of the first 10 or so before sticking with a gorgeous f-hole Gibson (1201 or something) for 3 songs, and then returning to an earlier Rickenbacker (of which he had two). I'm no guitar specialist, but even I was getting off on the fetishism of it all, e.g. when he strapped on the most gorgeous black Gretsch imaginable. There was a running gag about him not being able to say how many guitars he had in response to questions as his wife would then find out it was, like, 182 when she thought it was only 10!

I remember Who Shot Sam? was a huge fan. Took me a while to get him. Thought he was too retro (a friend dismissed him as being Mark Lamarr no. 2!), but I love the body of work he's creating. Recommended.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby migdd » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:06 pm

Feeling this might be my only chance at seeing the band together again, I've taken the plunge and will travel 5 1/2 hours to see Graham Parker and THE RUMOUR in Charlottesville, VA on April 7. The venue is the Jefferson Theatre, located in Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, a pedestrian-only stretch of city blocks that is apparently considered one of the finest examples of urban renovation in the country. I plan to arrive early, check into a hotel within walking distance to the venue, and spend the afternoon exploring the area. I'll probably visit Monticello before heading home the next day.

Anybody else attending?

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby nicola76 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:04 pm

Saw Rick Redbeard at Electric Circus in Edinburgh lastweek. There's been a lot of hype about him so thought I would take a punt at £7. To be honest, I found it all a bit so-so. Quite Leonard Cohen in parts in a lot of respects, namely, while I can tell he's probably a good enough writer, seeing him perform live probably wasn't the best way to hear his songs.

Next up are The Brodsky Quartet at The Queen's Hall then Public Enemy :shock:

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:52 pm

nicola76 wrote:Next up are The Brodsky Quartet at The Queen's Hall then Public Enemy :shock:

Shame it ain't the two of them together!
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby nicola76 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:38 pm

The Brodsky Quartet were fabulous! Thoroughly enjoyable evening. The Queens Hall was probably about half full - I was probably the youngest there (always a boost to the ego!) - but they really have such a gorgeous sound that it made going out on a snowy cold night worth it.

They used their own 'Wheel of 4tunes' to select the pieces they would be playing with 4 members of the audience having a chance to spin the wheel and decide what would be played next from the 40 possible options. This really seemed to work well for the audience with a number going on to the stage after the show had finished to take note of what was on the wheel.

£12 was a bargain! Next up, Public Enemy boyeeeee!

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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Jack of All Parades » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:14 am

Bags packed, car gassed, money in the pocket, tickets in the folder- Boston here we come for an afternoon of art at the Museum of Fine Arts, a delectable Indian feast and then the sweet harmonies of Emmylou and Rodney with an assist from Richard Thompson in the evening at the Orpheum- Sweet!!!!!! Then some whitefish, fresh lox and bagels with the relatives in Brookline in the morning.
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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:41 am

There was a rather moving evening yesterday celebrating the departure of the BBC from the Television Centre location it's occupied since the 60s which culminated with R Thompson playing a set in the building. Opened with I Want To See... with his daughter Kami in her mother's role! the closing song also featured daughter-in-law Paulina Thompson! I only know a small part of his output, but really enjoyed the performance. Amazing guitar playing and a great voice still. Good basic 3-piece of him and bass and drums, with Pete Zorn playing some sax, and a fantastic section where Dave Swarbrick played some divine fiddle to Thompson's acoustic guitar. DS is looking quite frail, had to be helped on and off stage, but his graceful fiddle playing is undiminished.

Sounds like a great show, look forward to hearing.
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Re: New Gig Thread

Postby Jack of All Parades » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:08 pm

Oh Otis! It is a show one should make every effort to see and hear. An evening like this comes along so few times.

RT was the opener and his set was a compact and powerful 11 songs which focused on his new CD Electric. Who would have thought he would front a power celtic trio- shades of Creme. But he does and with a brio and charm that has to be witnessed live. I can think of few musicians who have the mastery that he possesses over his instrument. That mastery does not consist of flash and gratuitous runs up and down the frets. He builds his solos intelligently in service of the individual song and never do you find yourself thinking that he is showing off. His sense of dynamics is flawless and his chords flow from his fingers. My wife was amazed at how he just stands there and plays as if he is channeling from the musical gods. And his voice was wonderful. He made my wife compliment him, no mean feat as she is not fond of his voice in general. The new album can be erratic but it contains a few gems and one "Salford Sunday" made me cry as I sat listening as RT gave reference to a currently ill famous resident of that 'sadly depressed Northern industrial town'. And his rendering of "Saving The Good Stuff for You" may have supplanted his "Walking the Long Miles Home" as my new feel good song. He is a treasure. The sheer musicality of his acoustic guitar work is worth the price of the ticket. And EC could easily learn some lessons at how to disarm and charm an audience from RT- his banter is quite comical and slyly ironic.

The main stars of the evening last night at the Orpheum in Boston were Ms Emmy and Mr Crowell. I closed my eyes and it was 1974 and 1975 all over again and I was in the crowd at a Hot Band concert. They have not missed a beat. Their voices easily slipped back and forth behind one another through an evening of early material the bulk of which was written by Mr. Crowell or featured heavily in the concert sets of Ms Harris's former singing partner Gram Parsons. The band they have put together rivals the old hot bands and it is most adept at aiding the two with tasteful fills, particularly the pedal steel guitar player. The evening is a master class in close harmony and when it culminates in the opening chords of that 'grandmammy of old sad songs', as Emmylou called "Love Hurts",you think you have died and gone to heaven as they have the sheer balls to take that song to a new place in my musical memory. My wife was crying. Hell, I was. They covered pretty much the entirety of their new album-"Old Yellow Moon" as well. Within that record is a new classic for me-"Dreaming My Dreams"- give it a listen and see if you do not agree.

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I had a wonderful night. Migdd you are in for a treat. Otis, if your budget can afford it- kill an EC show and take them on as they come to England and Europe. They are pros who clearly love and respect one another and the music. It shows.
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