Thanks to Pitchfork for the heads-up on these new tour dates. Now, I’m not going to say that I am skipping a trip to New York just to catch Man Man in Kentucky… but I cancelled a trip to New York and I’m catching Man Man in Kentucky. You put it together.
Man Man Tour Dates
03-30 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
03-31 Seattle, WA – Neumos
04-01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards
04-04 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04-05 Los Angeles, CA – TBA
04-06 San Diego, CA – Epicentre
04-07 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture Gallery
04-09 Boulder, CO – Club 156 (University of Colorado)
04-10 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
04-11 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
04-12 Newport, KY – Southgate House
04-13 Gambier, OH – Horn Gallery (Kenyon College)
04-14 Oberlin, OH – Dionysus
04-15 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
04-25 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis *
04-26 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory *
04-27 Boston, MA – The Orpheum Theater *
04-29 New York, NY – The United Palace *
04-30 New York, NY – The United Palace *
05-02 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *
05-03 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
05-04 Greensboro, NC – Civic Center *
05-05 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park *
05-06 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena Concert Hall *
05-08 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *
05-09 Austin, TX – The Backyard *
05-10 Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Live *
05-12 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater *
05-13 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
05-14 San Diego, CA – Cox Arena *
05-16 San Jose, CA – San Jose State University *
The best thing about SXSW was getting to check a couple bands off my “I’ll probably never get to see them live” list. I don’t know if this is a big secret, but not a lot of Canadian or European bands make it a point to stop in Kentucky.
That’s why I was so thrilled when we added Frog Eyes to our lineup. I’ve been loving their new album, Tears of the Valedictorian, and had heard they put on a rousing live show.
I hate to admit another bout of lead-singer-fixation, but looking back on the show, it’s hard to remember anyone but Carey Mercer. Not to slight them, of course; it’s just that he’s so out there. Watching him, I was ready for his vocal chords to give way and snap, just like his guitar string did during the second song.
They focused mostly on songs from their upcoming album (did they play anything not off it? I don’t remember), but that was fine by me. In a town flooded with hipster performers, Mercer’s passion was a welcome reprieve from aloofness.
Unfortunately this is no absolute cornucopia like the nine new Malkmus tunes I posted last month. However, three new Wolf Parade songs are three new Wolf Parade songs. Their next album is one of the ones I’m anticipating the most, so this is a nice little preview.
Here was my A-#1 biggest surprise of SXSW. Page France’s second song of their Hot Freaks performance was a cover of Randy Newman’s “Beehive State” (as covered by Harry Nilsson on his Nilsson Sings Newman record). Major thanks to Lullabyes.net for recording not only this set but a whole lot of other Hot Freaks stuff.
“I’m working on a new album now. It will still be poppy and melodic, but more fragmented in its structure. I’m stepping away from the pop song template. I am going to create a bunch of 30-to-50-second sections and string them all together. I don’t think there will be any pauses between pieces. I want it to feel like one long piece with hundreds of movements. The tentative title of the album is Skeletal Lamping.”
Sounds like the only way he could possibly follow up Hissing Fauna…. In the mean time, they’ll become a karaoke band in NYC as well as doing a tribute show in Athens with Elf Power and Dark Meat.
While I’m on the subject, this has been bothering me for a long time now. I need to know which of these songs is telling the truth.
On one hand, Of Montreal’s song is longer — and therefore more likely to be true. However, he does say he likes to pretend that you are an airplane. Of course Guided By Voices don’t actually say anything about airplanes at all.
Friday in the Mohawk, the Prototypes song “Danse Sur La Merde” came over the speakers between sets. I started bobbing my head and getting into it before I realied that they were playing tomorrow! By the time they took the stage, I was fairly primed for their performance.
I can’t say that Prototypes did a bad job — they were energetic and fun to watch. But, I do have to say that I was a little let down. They used a bit too many samples and pre-recorded bits. During “Danse Sur La Merde,” the powerful synth opening line was played out of the speakers while all three band members stood around looking a bit sheepish.
Still, they did a pretty good job for being in the middle of a whirlwind tour of North America. Maybe add a fourth member for the next go around, eh, gang?
I didn’t have time to stick around for all of Hyzoloists’ performance at Club deVille, but I am supremely glad that I caught what little I did. Amid a crazy day of sunshine and rock music, it was comforting to begin the day with a band who created an orchestrated kind of calm. They were powerful, but not abrasive.
The Broken West hands-down get the You Aint No Picasso f’ing champ award for their show at SXSW. They played at 11AM — which, in South By terms might as well be sunrise — and put on a spectacular show. They didn’t play to a huge crowd (as most everyone was still waking up, or possibly even going to bed), but to watch them, you would have thought they were playing for Madison Square Garden.
I can’t remember too much about their set — as I was running around trying to wolf down a breakfast taco and get myself mentally prepared for the second day of Hot Freaks! — but I do recall being positively blown away by “On the Bubble” and “Down in the Valley.” The new album is great, but it’s even better live.