February 26th, 2014 — Previews
The Pixies returned to the valley for the first time since the Doolittle 20-year reunion tour Monday night. Anyone who has seen the documentary Loud Quiet Loud can vouch for the fact that the Pixies never seem to have a shortage of drama, and this time around it’s the search for a replacement bassist.
Kim Deal recently quit the band to play a string of Breeders reunion shows—The Breeders are a must-see live band, by the way. In Deal’s absence, The Pixies recruited Kim Shattuck of The Muffs to fill in. Shattuck did a great job at Riot Fest, but she eventually got the boot as well, paving the way for touring bassist Paz Lenchantin, of A Perfect Circle and Zwan fame.
Lenchantin is bound to be scrutinized as there is one and only Kim Deal, but the touring bassist did well. Not surprisingly, the Pixies’ set favored songs that prominently featured Frank Black, making Deals’ absence less noticeable. Lenchantin is a talented bassist and singer—if you closed your eyes, you could imagine Deal still performing with the Pixies. The most glaring difference was Lenchantin’s delivery of “Where is My Mind?” which still sounded fine, but again, there’s one and only Kim Deal.
The band powered through a 30 song set in roughly two hours. Most of the band’s big hits were included—“Wave of Mutilation,” “Velouria,” “Gouge Away,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” and so on, with some deeper cuts from Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde sprinkled in.
The long set was a great balance between the band’s fast and aggressive songs (“Something Against You,” “Isla de Encanta”) and beautiful and melodic tunes like “Ana.”
“In Heaven,” recognizable from Eraserhead was an unexpected treat before “Andro Queen,” a track from one of the two EPs released since Deal’s departure.
While there are plenty of people who belong to the “No Pixies, no Deal” school of thought, three fourths of the band’s original members still make for one hell of a show. The sound was on point and the setlist was varied enough to keep it interesting, even though the new songs dragged on a bit.
It was odd to see Best Coast open for The Pixies due to the band’s fuzzy sun-soaked sound, and the fact that I last saw the band co-headline a sold out show at Clubhouse Music Venue. Best Coast’s pop sensibilities aren’t too far off from songs like “Wave of Mutilation,” so songs about the beach and unrequited love fared well for fans who showed up early.
February 26th, 2014 — Previews
Savannah, GA’s band, The Casket Girls recently released their 2nd LP called True Love Kills the Fairy Tale. Now they are coming to Crescent Ballroom on 3/9 with Dum Dum Girls and Blouse! We have a pair of tickets to the show all thanks to FrenchKiss Records.
To enter this contest, send an email to email@example.com and list ”Casket Girls” on the subject! On the message put your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.crescentphx.com/event/441067-dum-dum-girls-phoenix/
January 31st, 2014 — Previews
Hospitality’s Trouble has been streaming on NPR’s First Listen all week, is included on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” next week, and Rolling Stone’s review will go up soon. The band hits the road on 2/1, after playing NYC’s Ecstatic Music Festival on 1/31.
“It’s about love as divine madness, and it’s a beauty.” — Will Hermes, NPR Music
“Trouble feels like a multi-faceted, compound eye of a record, picking up different sides to every story and blending them into a smooth, undeniably odd whole.” - Q
Hospitality is coming to the Crescent Ballroom on 2/15 with the Augustines! We have a pair of tickets to the show, all thanks to Merge Records!
To enter this contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and list ”Hospitality” on the subject! On the message put your name and phone number.
For more info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/31146
January 18th, 2014 — Previews
Hell in Splendor, the second highly anticipated album from Boston’s Quilt, marrying classic 60s San Francisco (Moby Grape!) with the 60s UK folk rock scene (Fairport Convention!) and creating a unique contemporary musical force, which will be out soon! Also Quilt is coming to Last Exit Live on 2/17 with the Numb Bats opening. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to this show, all thanks to Mexican Summer!
To enter this contest, send an email to email@example.com, list “QUILT” on the subject! On the message put your name and phone number.
More info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/30804
January 9th, 2014 — Previews
“Word is out: this four-piece punk-folk-circus-rock band makes Gogol Bordello look like slow, lazy slugs by comparison.”—New York Music Daily http://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/dakhabrakha/
We are having a new ticket giveaway to see DakhaBrakha live at the MIM theater on Jan 17! We have a pair of tickets to this excellent show, all thanks to the MIM! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “DakhaBrakha” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/dakhabrakha
November 9th, 2013 — Previews
Our good friends, DRYC, have a message for you about their upcoming show at Crescent!
Dry River Yacht Club has been working day and night towards the release of our new album “El Tigre”. We have it, Love the way it sounds, and cant wait to share it with all of you! So we put together a series of release parties all across Arizona. We are playing some of our favorite venues with some of our favorite bands, each show will be different and jam packed with awesome and eclectic talent! From touring acts to Arizona staples we will make sure there’s a new experience and a good time for everyone there, because we love music and we love you.
For more info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/30503
October 31st, 2013 — Previews
The only thing I knew about Angel Deradoorian before seeing her open for Animal Collective was that she was formerly a member of Dirty Projectors, and that she can play…really well. My previous suspicions were confirmed when Angel stepped alone onto the stage under her surname armed with just a laptop and a keyboard. She proceeded to perform some seriously intricate songs that called to mind some familiar aspects of Dirty Projectors with a plethora of compelling and interesting sounds and influences unique to herself. The music was rather complex with several electronic elements, quite similar to Animal Collective, but topped with a ton of interesting influences from world music, specifically complex melodies reminiscent of Indian ragas. Her music also held dense and great instrumentation within her tracks which interacted perfectly with her beautiful and powerful voice and her twisting synth lines. In addition to the music being extremely intelligent, it felt very genuine and brought forth moods that I’m sure could only be communicated through music. Overall, Deradoorian set a perfectly intricate and psychedelic mood or platform to build crowd excitement for Animal Collective.
When Animal Collective took the stage to huge audience applause, everyone waited on the edge of their metaphorical seat to experience the incredible live performance they had highly anticipated. Personally, I drove two hours to see this show, and thank God I was not disappointed in any way shape or form. First I would like to address that the stage setup was a giant multi-projection mapped mouth, very similar to the one pictured on the cover of their most recent album, “Centipede Hz”, and the sound that emitted from it was very much like the voice of somestrange psychedelic astral beast. The band seamlessly played through gems from all over their discography in addition to a large portion of their newest album with a sophisticated ease only such talented individuals could execute.
My favorite part of the whole concert was that everyone was having such an incredibly fun time. There were no average concert problems once things began kicking up near the middle of the set; everyone was dancing and singing along to every song and having such a great time, it was a concert-goers wet dream. Not only was the audience having a great time, but the band fed from the crowd energy as well and delivered such a dynamic performance. Jumping up and down and screaming with Avey Tare during songs like “Peacebone” was definitely a high point of my year so far, and I’m sure many other concert goers felt the same. At many points the music morphed into a crazy and seemingly never-ending psychedelic noise loop which engulfed and enveloped everything around it in a colorful flash of emotion and noise. These points, where the music seemed to transcend the external factors around it were truly the highest points of the whole concert. Overall, this show was the real life experience equivalent of the perfect tie dye shirt, unique, colorful, intricate, and above all, personally gratifying.
October 31st, 2013 — Previews
Those Darlins just released a new album called, Blur the Line, and they are coming to Rhythm Room on Nov 5 with Diane Coffee and Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold! We have a pair of tickets to this awesome show, all thanks to Thirty Tigers.
To enter this contest, send an email to email@example.com, list Those Darlins on the subject! On the message put your name and phone number.
For more info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/28735 / https://www.facebook.com/events/139643606390735
“In The Wilderness” Stream
October 12th, 2013 — Previews
As a group of very psychedelic, long haired individuals known as Pure X took the stage, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I was honestly quite blown away. The band delved into incredible psychedelic soundscapes full of ambient synths, deeply saturated effected vocals, dynamic chorused electric guitar, 12 string acoustic guitars, and even an electric violin. Every aspect of the set supported an intensely emotional atmosphere which each band member connected in a visible way; when you can feel the emotion behind a band’s set it tends to resonate with you and make you feel more connected to the music and the performance at large. Content wise, their music could be described as classic folk rock with an explosion of psychedelic swirls and twists. It was also obvious that Pure X had been a band for quite sometime because the band members jelled so well with each other during their set that it felt seamless and second nature without feeling contrived or lazy. The good vibes this band brought forward along with their incredible instrumentation and live cohesion made them a natural choice to tour with a group like Youth Lagoon, and I’m very glad that I was there to experience the set.
After an extremely long and unnecessary transition between Pure X and Youth Lagoon, which lasted over 40 minutes, Trevor Powers and his band finally took the stage. Coming into the concert fully expecting a quiet portrayal of the cutesy dream pop songs from Youth Lagoon’s first album, “Year of Hibernation”, I was completely blown away. The music exploded in a menagerie of noise and color combined with an incredible set of stage lights which resembled a rainbow phenomena much like the Aurora Borealis. This particular performance was very much like seeing Beach House or MGMT; the show was incredibly loud, impressively dynamic, and extremely varied from what people tend to think about when listening to Youth Lagoon. This performance stepped over the line of dream pop and entered a new realm of psychedelic noise pop due to its intricate synth soundscapes and loops along with Trevor’s crystalline and extremely loud, echoey vocals to wrap the whole thing up into one colorful package. When Trevor did play songs from his first album, such as “Cannons” and “17”, they had been completely reworked and revamped adding backing from his talented band and new incredibly diverse layers of sound and aggressive dynamic structures. Periodically, taking a break from his emotional vocal deliveries, Trevor even interacted with the crowd and told great stories about trips to Jimmy John’s, how bacon is the key to longevity, or how he used to want to be a professional juggler for a living; these personal stories allowed the audience to make a connection with Trevor beyond his music. Many times throughout the set, each song would become a gargantuan noise jam version of what it was originally thought to be which lasted for a seemingly infinite amount of time, although nothing ever felt stale or boring. Every song and every jam was sonically unique and soaked with synths, electronic drums, and walls of echoes and reverb which enhanced the overall psych rock dynamic of the set. This live performance represents a huge element of growth from Trevor’s original and simple one to two man lineup, and really speaks to the evolution of his personal vision for his music. If this is the direction Youth Lagoon is headed in, I’m beyond excited because I can’t think of a better sonic evolution for this project to head in if I tried.
August 19th, 2013 — Previews
On Friday, August 23 at the Apollo’s Lounge, Sticky Fingers Mobile Soundsystem & RAD! presents Horse Meat Disco with Goldsmith and more! We have a pair of tickets to this hot dance show, all thanks to Stick Fingers! To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Horse Meat Disco” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/473052622787344/