July 26, 2011

Alkaline Trio @ The Troubadour ~ July 21, 2011

A Little Piece of Punk Rock Heaven

God, I love punk rock. The fast, furious, breakneck pace of each song, lyrics driven, emotionally charged. Add in a kick ass veteran band playing a twenty three song set (23!) in a small room full of diehard fans, and I think it might be called heaven.

Alkaline Trio is Matt
Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant. The Chicago based punk rock band has been on the scene fifteen years and definitely deserve the following they have now. Out supporting their newest CD Damnesia, an acoustic best-of, the band set a sold out Troubadour on f'n fire!

The Trio busted right into "Armageddon," immediately creating a hard core pit that took over the small room that is the
Troub. They busted out the hits one after another with little interplay with the crowd. It was a Dan song heavy set (Dan and Matt both write/sing songs), which weren't my favorite - until tonight. Five songs into the set, Dan stopped during "Another Innocent Girl" admitting that the song sounded like crap, exchanged his bass for one that was in tune, and told the crowd that he wasn't a proud man and the song ought to sound good. Damn, what a good man.

They went on to play ten more songs till they went acoustic with the last six, starting with "If You Had A Bad Time," at which point I was dragged into the now "safe" pit zone. An hour and twenty minutes of nonstop punk rock songs and the crowd (myself included) was begging for more. More!
Skiba came out and told us they'd play only 3 more. Which was fine, as long as "Radio" was one of 'em. It was not. Bastards!

But A3 did rock the crowd for 23 damn good best-
of's songs. And I did leave heaven covered in other people's sweat and a little bit of puke - punk rock!


Set List

Set list:

Armageddon
, In Vein, 
Private Eye, 
Nose Over Tail,
 Another Innocent Girl, 
Goodbye Forever, 
I'm Dying Tomorrow, 
Old Skool Reasons, 
Mr. Chainsaw, 
Maybe I'll Catch Fire, 
Trouble Breathing, 
Mercy Me, 
San Francisco, 
This Could Be Love, 
If You Had a Bad Time, 
Clavicle, 
You've Got So Far To Go, 
Blue In The Face, 
Olde English 800, 
I Held Her In My Eyes

Encore:

Bleeder, 
Crawl, 
97

photo by P.Viani

July 11, 2011

Saint Motel @ Velvet Jones ~ July 9, 2011

We'll Leave the Light On...

With a name like Saint Motel, it’s easy to not know what genre of music this band will unleash. But the indie power pop group from LA provided the intimate crowd at Velvet Jones Saturday night with a delicious taste of a new emerging LA sound.

Saint Motel is a handsome four piece band that creates a bouncy sound infused with heavy guitar riffs and a wash of electronics. They performed songs off their debut album “ForePlay.” Offering tastes of classic heavy rock influenced songs like “Do Everything Now,” moving into a very be-bop-y “Butch” reminiscent of a fifties styled swing song.

AJ, Aaron, Dak, and Greg play live with a feverish theatrical flair that offers both visual and sonic entertainment. AJ has an expansive vocal range with a very expressive crooner-like flavor, while Aaron dishes out a unique sonic tone made up of high pitched fast notes.

The sound created is very upbeat and off centered and easy to relate to. The melodies are catchy, easily blending classic rock and new indie pop. It’s easy to see that we can expect good things from these boys in the future.

July 9, 2011

Debbie Gibson @ Pacific Pride Festival, Ledbetter Beach ~ July 9, 2011

Only in Your Dreams

Sun shinning, rainbow colors abound - and Debbie Gibson. It this a strange dream?

I did not expect the show I got when Debbie Gibson took the stage at Santa Barbara's Pacific Pride Festival on Ledbetter Beach. Dressed in electric blue and rockin' a body of a 20 year old, 80's teen sensation proved her show starting talent.

Kicking it off with her hit "Shake your Love," complete with back up dancers and 80's dance moves, Debbie effortlessly danced her way through her five hits, with a mid way detour into a Broadway Caberet montage (apparently this talented artist performs regularly on the big stage).

Fun, entertaining, and very talented, Debbie made for a very surreal day time musical experience.

The Gawd Damn Band @ Oreana Winery ~ July 2, 2011

Don't Judge A Band by its Cover
 
Admittedly this is not a true review. I went to the event to celebrate the 7th anniversary of a Oreana Winery (yay!), and was enthralled by the cover band* playing the event.

The band was rockin' yo! Young, hip, and with fake mustaches, they revived some good ol' tunes, somehow making the Rolling Stones their own.

Hmmm... if only I knew who those young mustached rockers were....

Retrodemon @ The Creekside ~ June 14, 2011