April 18, 2014
Last Friday, The National performed their fourth and final show of a four-night stand at the Chicago Theatre. What was intended to be a two night stop in Chicago quickly turned into four consecutive nights, after each show continually sold out at such a rapid rate and they added more dates. Lucky was I, to have fellow LxL’er Wes to snag me such a prized possession. Regretfully, he could not actually join, and was out of town that particularly night. Fortunately, that did not stop me from going, and what I expected to be a slightly boring, and very melancholic show, actually turned out to be a wonderful concert experience that surpassed most all expectation.
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Who: Pearl Jam
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
When: July 19th (and 20th), 2013
It was a Friday evening, and despite not having tickets to the grossly over-priced (in terms of resale, anyways) Pearl Jam concert, I was still making my way over to Wrigley Field to meet up with some friends in an attempt to score a deal, when I noticed on my Yahoo weather app that Chicago could be in for some nasty storms that night. I didn’t really think anything of it, other than it could only better our chances at getting a cheaper ticket. Having seen Pearl Jam twice live previously, and the fact that it was 2013 and not 1998, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to pay the ticket broker the requested amount of $400 minimum for a ticket. Nonetheless, my brother and friends were already in the show, and a lifelong friend/total Pearl Jam junkie Jason was in town for Pitchfork Festival. So, why not see if the stars aligned and a ticket just happened to fall in our laps, right? Luckily, that is exactly what happened.
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St. Louis, MO
September 2, 2012
Question: What do you get when you combine eight Dan Deacon newbies, an America theme, and complete lack of inhibitions?
Answer: A text message from one of your fellow attendees the following morining that says “I’m pretty sure I got ghosted” followed simply by “Holy what the f***”. Let me set the stage for you a little more completely.
If you aren’t familiar with Dan Deacon, he recently released a new album titled America, which I so happen to be a big fan of. Deacon, an indie composer of electronic music, has reputation for mass crowd participation, and I stumbled late last week upon him playing at local St. Louis venue, The Firebird. A group of eight of my friends decided it would be awesome to all dress in America gear and head to The Firebird, and more than anything, make a spectacle of ourselves. Mission accomplished and as I tell the tale of the night, I’m gonna try to leave names out of the events.
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November 2nd, 2011
The Music Box (aka Henry Fonda Theater)
After seeing so many artists try to utilize the “one-man-band” show by using wild amounts of looping, it can get a bit old. Back in high school when I first saw it live, it was quite captivating, but over time, it can lose its luster. Most acts aren’t even good at it really, but figure if they can leave an audience slightly dumbfounded by looping an instrument, even in the lamest of ways, they will sell tickets. Sadly, this can work. However, rarities do pop up every once in again in which looping is utilized in brilliant ways. Like when I saw Thom Yorke play “Give Up the Ghost” for the first time at Coachella a year and a half ago and nearly messed myself. Or like last Wednesday, when I saw Merrill Garbus, the leading lady of tUnE-yArDs perform at The Music Box.
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