Last night was Hollins' annual drag king show. This year's theme was Miss-ter Hollins (playing off the fact that the current Miss Virginia attends our school). The show was great and the subsequent NEFA party was the best I've seen in a long time.
We Shot The Moon.
The newest project of former Waking Ashland frontman Jonathan Jones. These piano pop songs are catchy as hell, and I can't stop listening to them. I'm pretty stoked to go see them in Atlanta this coming weekend. myspace.com/weshotthemoon
I should have listened to people earlier when they told me about this band. Their odd brand of darkly theatrical pop-rock is creative and always impresses me. myspace.com/kisskiss
I recently rediscovered my love affair with this bizarre Omaha-based electronic group. Their dark lyrics and detailed instrumentation can get just about anyone out onto the dancefloor. myspace.com/thefaint
Usually I'm not a fan of dance-rock, but Mercy Mercedes are the catchiest new band I've heard recently. "Dr. Huxtable" has been on repeat ever since I got a hold of their new Casio Rodeo EP. For Fans Of: The Years Gone By, Farewell, Cobra Starship myspace.com/mercymercedes
Once soundtrack. Once is one of the most beautiful and touching movies I've ever seen, due in no small part to the incredible soundtrack featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. These are songs that can easily bring me to tears. For Fans Of: Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, The Frames myspace.com/oncesoundtrack
At The Drive-In.
Here's a classic for you. Complex prog-rock band that had a brief and intense career before splitting up to form The Mars Volta and Sparta. If you don't already own the album Relationship Of Command, you should probably go to your local record store immediately. For Fans Of: Fugazi, Bear Vs. Shark, Death From Above 1979 myspace.com/atdi
Posting these a little early because I plan on spending all of tomorrow running errands/working in the darkroom.
Empires. Their initial claim to fame is that their guitarist is Tom Conrad, formerly of The Academy Is. However, Empires is a legitimately separate entity from that band, and I think they might really make waves with their pop-rock tunes. myspace.com/empires
The Morning Of.
These kids have seen a lot of hype recently, and with good reason. Bouncy pop songs with dual male/female vocals, their album is a good time all around. myspace.com/themorningofrock
City And Colour.
The acoustic side project of Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green. This is his second album as City And Colour, and it's completely breathtaking. myspace.com/dallasgreen
You should also youtube the British sitcom Spaced - it's a television show done by the Shaun Of The Dead guys before they started in movies. It's a riot.
These are all artists who played at Folkfest at my school last night.
Doug Cheatwood And The Bastards Of Fate.
One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Cheatwood was rolling around on the ground, pies were thrown at the audience, and there were crazy lights and fog. I can't quite tell if they're geniuses or just insane. For Fans Of: Portugal. The Man, The Drugstore Cowboys, Bear Vs. Shark. myspace.com/dougcheatwood
Red Clay River.
Good old-fashioned bluegrass/country, heavy on the moonshine. Vocalist Daniel Bivins has a gritty voice reminiscent of Tom Waits, and the group of them are perfect when it comes to harmonizing and stomping their feet. For Fans Of: Tom Waits, Harry McClintock, The Cox Family myspace.com/redclayriver
Performing under the name Shoot The Moon last night with a friend as a DJ and Kid A on backup vocals, Ced Hughes has a bouncy, in your face style of hip hop that uses beats from Interpol, Justice, and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few. For Fans Of: Kanye West, Consequence, Jay-Z myspace.com/cedhughes
Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
Saves The Day - Under The Boards
The Format - Dog Problems
Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
and Boh Rhap at Fall Formal - 300 or so drunk girls in cocktail dresses/dress suits singing and screaming it to each other while jumping up and down in unison and being completely in love with the world.
Also, my friend Lesley got me to thinking about the best shows I've ever seen. Here are my top 5:
1. Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, & Kevin Devine at Rams Head Live.
This was Brand New's first tour on The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. It was also the first time I got to see Kevin Devine, and he didn't disappoint. Manchester blew me away again - it was the second time I saw them. I'll never forget how they closed the show with everyone onstage playing "Welcome To Bangkok." It's the best thing I've ever seen at a show.
2. Wilco at the 9:30 Club.
The second time I saw Wilco. I had the biggest stroke of luck in my life - I had a photo pass for their opening band, Melomane, and when I went to pick it up at the guestlist window, Andi told me a guy didn't want his Wilco pass, so she let me have it. I almost couldn't breathe when I was shooting.
3. Moneen, Alexisonfire, A Change Of Pace & Cancer Bats at the Ottobar.
Moneen is one of my favorites to see - their singer is just all over the place crazy. Couple that with the fact that the Ottobar is such a small venue...he was literally bouncing off the walls. Got Dallas Green onstage for "The Passing Of America," and played "The Day No One Needed To Know," which they don't do very often.
4. The Matches, Minutes Too Far, Crash Boom Bang, & Pictures In PIeces at Providence Rec Center.
Providence is a bitty little gym near my house. CBB & PIP are two of my favorite locals and some good friends of mine. Minutes Too Far was surprisingly good, and their drummer made faces at me the whole time. The place felt like it was going to fall down when The Matches played they were so energetic. One of the most entertaining shows I've been to.
5. As Tall As Lions & Army Of Me at Chain Reaction.
It was good to see Army Of Me while so far away from home. It was also the first time I'd seen them since Citizen was released. It's also the best I've ever seen ATAL play, and they played all my favorites.