Black Lips with King Khan and the BBQ Show
September 19th, 2014
Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL
Punk shows are timelessly great. You usually get at least three acts, each playing tons of songs (thanks to their 2-3 minute run times), and non-stop energy from the crowd for very little money. We caught the Southern garage punks Black Lips, King Khan in punk rock duo form with the BBQ Show, and a solid opener in Heavy Times for just $18 at the perfect venue for a punk show, Logan Square Auditorium. The venue is primarily a ballet studio, but it feels like half-high school gymnasium half-ballroom, thus making a very conducive spot for a punk show. All three bands showed their stripes in what turned into a killer Friday night.
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Underneath the Rainbow
Last week, Black Lips released their seventh studio album, and their first since the 2011 Arabia Mountain. Which was their first album to ever truly leap outside of their comfort zone. An album in which some fans chastised due to the fact that they brought on a “refined” producer such as Mark Ronson to help clean things up. I personally loved the album, and although it was a venture from their more underproduced, tinny, garage sound on early greats such as Black Lips! and Let It Bloom, it showed that they could still carry the grittiness and feel of their early punk influences into a new realm of produced punk. Underneath the Rainbow pushes the Lips deeper into unknown territory, bringing on a very seductive southern style that almost delves into full-on rockabilly at some points. And the result is fantastic.
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Light Up Gold
If you are looking for a sloppy thrill ride this summer, look no further than the debut from former Texans (now Brooklynites) Parquet Courts. The band brings nothing particularly new to the scene but rather echoes punk and indie rockers from the past, drawing influence from the Modern Lovers, Pavement, The Ramones, Television, and Frank Zappa in the most glowing ways. On their rousing debut Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts packs 15 songs in just 34 minutes vying for the prize of most killer rock album of 2013.
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Our best of the year coverage continues with our favorite rockers of the road, highlighting the ten best live shows we saw this year. This year LxL was able to get out to Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and the Pitchfork music festival, which many shows on this list stem from. So without further ado, here are our ten favorite live acts of the year.
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Our Bonnaroo coverage continues, and Todd and I are still feeling the Bonnaroo hangover so to speak – longing to be dehydrated, sun-poisoned, and soaking in hours upon hours of excellent music. Since we can’t seem to get our minds off of Roo, without further ado, here are our ten favorite acts from Bonnaroo 2012.
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It has now been a full week since I walked onto the Polo Fields of Indio, where Mitchell, Sean, and I arrived at our tent at 4 AM, demanding that the rest of the crew awaken to join us in celebrating our arrival and the weekend of fun, music, and debauchery ahead of us with some cold brews. Typically after substantially memorable weekends like last, I usually like to wallow the following week, doing and listening to things that remind me of the fun vacation recently passed, in an attempt to relive the moments over and over again. Last weekend was no exception, and I have found myself gravitating to the most memorable music from Coachella weekend, whether it was a part of the music festival or not. So here is a short list of things I’ve bee listening to since Coachella weekend, in attempts to remind me of Coachella weekend.
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^^Incredible Lineup, Meh Festival
How does one review a Coachella? It is hard because you are taking a weekend that is very much a personal experience that involves close friends, music, and the good times you create (or don’t). Some people go to try and catch as many concerts as possible in three days. Some merely use it as an opportunity to explore how many drugs they can fill their body with in three days. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. Some people go for the art. Some people probably just go for their friends. Teenagers go to fit in or to look like a rebel. Old farts go to feel young and seem hip. I even heard Bear Grylls showed up to film an episode of Man vs Festivals in order to properly demonstrate exactly how to drink copious amounts of alcohol in 108 degree weather without dying (I think the trick had something to do with mixing every drink with pickle juice). Personally, I only go for the Ferris wheel.
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