…total blast. The concert was great. I don’t know if San Francisco is doing something wrong, or if Las Vegas is doing something right, but that concert was mellow and mild enough to the point where there weren’t little girls being trampled by drunk 250 pound guys wanting to get to the front. My ribs are still bruised from Modest Mouse (for fuck’s sake) two nights prior, to where seeing 5 bands in the Hard Rock’s concert hall seemed like a local band show. Without 6 drunk women (you guys know who you are!) dancing up front.
The best part? Meeting up with someone from the bay area and exploring the strip again. Seeing the sights, talking and walking around until.. oh shit is it 1:30am already? Memorable moments, I tell ya. And you can walk around in a t-shirt and shorts at all hours of the night, it’s so toasty warm. Mid 60s-70s at 4am.
New play list. I decided to throw up some Smash-Up Derby if you guys have ever heard of them. Second Saturday of every month, Bootie, DNA lounge. Go see them, you won’t regret it. Also since Placebo was being played constantly in between sets, (music videos a la projector screens) I decided to throw one of my favorites up.
Smallville’s 7th season finale was sort of a disappointment. Again. It makes you look forward to the start of next season to have them explain the “what the fuck???” feeling you get after watching. Spoiler warning: <font color=”FFFFFF”>LANA IS NOT DEAD, NEITHER IS CHLOE</font>.
The bands, in order:
<u>Plain White Ts</u>: I give them a <b>B+</b>. Mostly due to inexperience. Good show otherwise, but the singer has a ways to go to meet up to Taking Back Sunday and The Killers level of performance. He did actually pick up a guitar for “Hey There Delilah” while the rest of the band left the stage.
<u>Shiny Toy Guns</u>: <b>A-</b>. Partially due to the fact the Hard Rock’s speaker system overmaxed for STG and The Bravery, the speakers couldn’t handle the voice output. Otherwise, an A. The best of the 5 bands, every song the members were rotating positions. Keyboardist to guitar to bass to singer, etc. They put on a damn good show for being so new. I really can’t wait to see them again, twice, in June!
<u>Silversun Pickups</u>: Getting better and better in concert. If you haven’t seen them the past 17 times they’ve played in the bay area in the past 6 months (Nicole, I don’t want to hear it) then go see them at BFD. Or the show in Sacramento the day after. <b>A-</b> show, with a long extended “Lazy Eye” with drummer craziness.
<u>They Might Be Giants</u>: While I have the feeling they fought for this position in the order, albeit their drum set being up upon opening next to PWTs, I think they got a couple of bands to move up for them. They’re a fun band, doing songs from TV show themes and such if you’ve ever recognized. They were kids (literally, 4-8 years of age) being taken by parents for this band. It seemed as if they hadn’t toured or played together in awhile though, as some of it was done in a bit of haste. Still good otherwise, and it was a fun show, <b>B-</b> is my grade.
<u>The Bravery</u>: Had the lead singer not have acted so egotistical, I’d be giving higher than a <b>B+</b> right now. Maybe it’ll be better during BFD when they’re not headlining, who knows. A good show otherwise, with the bassist being a big hit with the ladies. I hadn’t realized how popular they really were until everyone was rocking to off songs that I swore only I had heard of from their first album. Their new album drops tomorrow, May 22nd, and has some pretty good stuff on it as half their show was new tracks. I actually picked up their play list (tape and all) and am hoping they’re signing for BFD, I’ll get them to autograph it for me, since it has the date and venue and such on it as well – a nice framable collector’s piece.