I thought I’d give a quick mention that tonight Fishboy will be playing with Big Fresh and Joybombs at the Shrieking Shack (503 Oldham Ct, Lexington). So head over there tonight to take a break from your finals, celebrate the end of your finals or celebrate the fact that you don’t have to deal with finals. The performances apparently start at 9pm, so don’t be late!
Oops! I thought we were announcing this today, not yesterday. My bad! Hot Freaks have saddled up with the fine folks at the Monolith Music Festival to help pick out some of the awesome bands that you see below. There are a lot more bands to announce, so stay tuned!
Monolith is Sept 13 & 14 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Tickets go on sale May 2nd.
Monolith 2008 Partial Lineup
TV on the Radio
Band of Horses
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
The Avett Brothers
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
The Ting Tings
You can see the full list of bands that have been announced here.
When the Coup arrived in our fair city, we learned that they were drummerless. Apparently he was a no-show for the festival so they fired him. They thought about playing with no percussion, but we insisted that we’d find them a suitable replacement. After lots of phone calls to every drummer we could think of, the answer was clear: Hair Police’s Trevor Tremaine had to play drums for the Coup.
So in what was one of the more awesomely random concert moments of my life, I saw my friend and resident noise-rocker Trevor Tremaine climb the stairs and take a seat at the drums behind Boots Riley. Surreal is only one of many words to describe how it felt to all of us from WRFL.
And even though the guitarist had to start each song so that Trevor could get a feel for the drumming, the show still went really well. Boots seemed to be having a good time, Silk-E did a great job and the crowd was really into it. One punk rocker with a studded leather jacket even climbed on stage and jumped into the crowd.
I had to miss Mahjongg the last time they came to Lexington, so it was good to finally catch up with them. They were a fantastic combination of Holy Fuck and !!! and were a welcome close to the midday festivities.
Talking to the Hair Police guys before the show, I determined that they were all in agreement over one thing: They couldn’t believe they were going to get to play as loud as they could on a rooftop in downtown Lexington. And while I’m not exactly a noise music fan, it was worth braving the tinnitus to see Mike, Trevor and Robert enjoying themselves so much.
I was absolutely heartbroken when I realized that the Rosebuds were playing the same day that I’d planned to write a final paper and prepare for an 8am final. So naturally I did what any red-blooded music fan would do: I went to the show. Now, I can’t claim to have stayed longer than five songs, but I did head down to the Dame with my essay less than half finished and my exam in 8 hours. And you know what? I’d do it again — only this time I’d stay longer.
One notably cute thing did happen. After the Dame let off a bit of smoke to accentuate their nifty LED lights, Kelly pointed out that this was their “first smoke machine show.” Glad we could offer up something unique to a band that’s played just about everywhere. In return the Rosebuds offered up one of the liveliest, danciest sets I’d see delivered at the Dame. It’s a shame I had to retreat to my house to write essays, but at least I’ll sleep soundly knowing that I proved to myself that fun and work can coexist.
Proving yet again that WRFL’s FreeKY Fest managed to pack in every assortment of music, the Health and Happiness Family Gospel band did a set of mostly traditional gospel favorites, punched up enough to make them seem like the Blues Brothers of gospel music. They were tons of fun, even if many of the college age folks in the crowd were convinced that they were being ironic (they weren’t).
Feist dropped by the Colbert report last night to discuss indie rock, “1 2 3 4” and dual citizenship (thanks Steve Jobs!).
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