|Gem Club at a garage show, East Atlanta Village|
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
We last saw Lafayette, Louisiana's Givers back in 2011 during MFNW (RIP) at a great show at the Doug Fir that also featured Pickwick (the best band you never heard of) and Ages and Ages, as well as Portland's Lost Lander. Damien Jurado was in the audience for Pickwick (he's a fan) and the whole night was overall as much fun at a live show as you can reasonably expect to have.
And then we heard nothing from Givers for three years. Nothing. Nada. Zip. But they've apparently hit the road again and last night they played Atlanta's Vinyl Lounge in the Center Stage complex. Could they possibly be as fun as they were that magical night three years ago? Do they still have that special something they displayed that night?
The short answer is an emphatic "yes," but first another Lafayette band, Kind Cousin, opened.
Kind Cousin is the band of singer Allison Bohl DeHart, whose raspy vocals and eerie harmonies with her backup singer make the band interesting. It was a good set by a band I hadn't heard before, but one I'd certainly like to hear more from.
DeHart's raspy vocals are a good match for Givers' Tiffany Lamson, who joined them on stage for one song.
After that, Givers took the stage. They were still selling their fine 2011 album In Light at the merch table, and didn't have anything new for sale (I still bought a vinyl copy of In Light last night anyway). Fortunately, during their terrific set last night, they announced that they would be playing a bunch of new songs, "songs even our friends back in Lafayette haven't head yet," and that they would be working on a new album soon. So there's that.
The audience clearly knew the band and their music, and also clearly adored the band, and there was a great give and take of energy all night between the band and the audience. There's something about Givers that causes listeners, at least this listener and apparently several others at Vinyl last night as well, to form some sort of deep emotional bond with the band, and the affection and the mutual admiration were apparent. Singer Taylor Guarisco mentioned it several times, but everyone in the audience felt it whether he mentioned it or not.
The set ended with an encore performance of Up Up Up, after the regular set ended with In My Eyes.
Givers are a great band and put on fun shows. It would be a shame if I have to wait three years to hear them again.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Another mid-Rocktober mini-post, I'm afraid. Not that I have a show tonight to run off to, but it took me so long today to catch up on the work I've fallen behind on that I have scarcely any time left to post. More soon (and on Warpaint, too), but here's last night's show opener, Tiny Ruins from New Zealand (we saw another Kiwi opener, Liam Finn, on Sunday night).
And here's headliner Sharon Van Etten.
Oh, yes. The show was at The Earl.
Monday, October 20, 2014
This is the mid-Rocktober, OMG-I-gotta-run-to-the-next-show, short-form post for last night's show at Variety Playhouse. Also, my phone is still on the fritz and I don't have many pictures to share anyway.
New Zealand's Liam Finn, who for as far as I could tell is not a former Split Enz, opened.
L.A.'s Warpaint headlined, and included their trademark 15-minute jam to Elephant to end their four-song encore.
A great show, but that's all I have time to post tonight until I figure out what's wrong now with my phone and before I'm off to tonight's show. Will give this a bit more coverage at a later date.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Let's be honest, here. The new Foxygen album, . . .And Star Power, is two good songs followed by 3 1/2 sides of filler. Not that the filler doesn't have its moments of brilliance, but filler none the less.
Foxygen already released a video of the first of the two good songs. Here's the new video for the second.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
In addition to the usual (and unusual) marching bands and assorted Halloween-themed floats, the L5P Halloween Parade featured a number of bands or possibly people pretending to be bands. I couldn't tell - they all passed by so quickly, I couldn't really hear what they were playing or pretending to be playing and to be perfectly candid, unlike years past, I didn't hang around after the parade to catch any of the real, bona fide bands playing the stages tucked in and around Little Five Points.
In any event, here are the parade bands, as well as some other characteristically quirky characters from today's parade.
I didn't even notice the Big Lebowski impersonator in front of the faux Scooby-Doo band until after I came home and started editing my pictures.
The crowd was the largest I can recall seeing at this annual event. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution unhelpfully estimated the crowds as vaguely in "the thousands."