M83 Review by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83 returned to Phoenix on Wednesday, April 13 touring in support of Junk, which was released a week prior. Much like Santigold, it had been a few years since M83 last performed in Phoenix. Both bands previously performed at Crescent Ballroom and played at much larger venues this time around.

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83 was well-suited for the cavernous Comerica Theatre. The Junk tour features tons of visuals that really come to life on a big stage. The set was a pretty even balance of fan favorites and new songs.

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

The crowd seemed to want to dance more than anything. “Wait” is one of M83’s most beautiful songs, but I overheard a few people loudly complaining about how sad the song was. Things quickly picked up during “Midnight City” as the audience stopped talking and started dancing.

The highlight of the show was hearing “Oblivion” in the encore. Kaela Sinclair joined the band in February 2016 as Morgan Kibby’s replacement on vocals and keyboards. Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør sang the original song as part of the eponymous movie sound track, but Sinclair totally nailed it.

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

The six-song encore concluded with “Couleurs” and “Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun” for an epic finale befitting for a band like M83.

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

 

Setlist:

1. Reunion

2. Do It, Try It

3. Steve McQueen

4. We Own the Sky

5. OK Pal

6. Intro

7. Wait

8. Go!

9. Midnight City

10. Echoes of Mine

11. Outro

Encore:

12. Road Blaster

13. Laser Gun

14. Walkway Blues

15. Oblivion

16. Couleurs

17. Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

M83: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold Review

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold made her triumphant return to Phoenix on Monday, March 28, 2016 as part of the 99 Cent tour. Santi last came to the Valley in 2012, performing a sold out show at Crescent Ballroom. Much like the previous show, this year’s Marquee Theatre concert was phenomenal.

Although many fans would prefer to see Santigold perform in an intimate venue like Crescent Ballroom, the large space at Marquee worked out. The 99 Cent tour features tons of visuals, which were a great fit for the Marquee stage.

The show included lots of fan favorites from Santigold’s first two albums, as well as a great selection of songs from the new album.

Even though it was a Monday night, Marquee Theatre sprung to life and was packed wall to wall with a hot, sweaty audience who danced incessantly.

Santigold’s backup dancers were one of the highlights of the show. The duo stood on either side of Santi and moved in unison, often including some great and innovative dance moves.

Like the Crescent show, Santi invited the crowd to join her for “Creator.” This created wonderful chaos at Crescent, because it was difficult to get everybody off stage. Security promptly urged the audience to leave the stage at Marquee, but that was no bother, because plenty more dancing was to be had to songs like “Go!” and “Brooklyn Go Hard.”

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Santigold: Photo by Melissa Fossum

Our Lists for the Best Shows of 2015!

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Kimber Lanning:

Vox Urbana, Crescent, 1/24/15

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Civic Space Park, 2/21/15

Buena Vista Social Club, Mesa Arts Center, 10/21/15

Saga Mambo, Portland Parkway, 11/14/15

Dario Miranda:

Tal National @ the MIM, 5/1/15

Here We Go Magic @ Valley Bar, 11/15/15

Other Lives @ Crescent Ballroom, 6/16/15

Jose Gonzalez @ Mesa Center For the Arts, 10/14/15

La Luz @ Valley Bar, 8/13/15

Henri! Ng:

Ride @ Crescent Ballroom, 11/9/15

Jesus and Mary Chain @ Marquee, 8/14/15

Wolf Alice @ Valley Bar, 10/11/15

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MIM – 6/7/15

Panda Bear @ Crescent, 4/11/15

Worth Mentioning: Viva Phx (3/14), Mesa Music Festival (Nov 13-15), Swervedriver – Valley Bar 9/23, Catfish and Bottlemen – Crescent 9/25, Citrus Clouds, Tierra Firme – Rogue, 12/19, Bear State, Cherie Cherie – Stinkweeds 2/28.

Allyson Bills:

1.4/13/15: Swans at Crescent Ballroom

2. 11/4/15: ANTEMASQUE at Crescent Ballroom

3. 11/15/15: Beach Slang at The Rebel Lounge

4. 6/2/15: The Rentals at Crescent Ballroom

5. 4/17/15: Built to Spill at Crescent Ballroom

6. 12/5/15: Muse and Phantogram at Gila River Arena

7. 3/16/15: Title Fight and Merchandise at The Underground

8. 5/15/15: Nothing and Cloakroom at Pub Rock Live

9. 11/9/15: Ride at Crescent Ballroom

10. 4/29/15: Sleater-Kinney at Marquee Theatre

Honorable Mention: 3/28/15: Pile, Twin Ponies and Dent at Cornish Pasty

Iris Andrade:

Sleater Kinney @ The Marquee, 4/29/2015

Mitski/Elvis Depressedley @ The Rebel Lounge, 7/05/2015

Nellie McKay @ The MIM, 5/18/2015

The Family Crest/Goodnight, Texas/Owl & Penny @ Valley Bar, 7/27/2015

Wolf Alice @ Valley Bar, 10/11/2015

Song River:

1) Coamerica Oct. 13th Echo Smith/Twenty One Pilots:

2) Joe’s Grotto Nov. 16th Frnkiero andthe Cellebration:

3) Quail Run Park June 23rd Vans Warped Tour 2015

4) The Marquee Theater Dec 14th The 1975/Swim Deep

5) Joes Gotto Oct. 6th Fronzilla/Pallisades/Whitney Payton/It Lives It Breathes

6) The Marquee Theater Nov 24th All That Remains/Devour the Day/Sons of Texas

7) The Marquee Theater December 12th K. Flay/The Mowglis/Lights

???? Talking Stick Arena June 13th Aerosmith

9) US Airways July 25th Imagine Dragons

10) The Marquee July 28th Social Distortion

Local: The Apache Lake Music Festival Oct 23,24th

Lindsay Cates:

Abigail Washburn/Bela Fleck – MIM, 5/6/15

Will Johnson – Great Az Puppet Theater, 10/24/15

Metz – Crescent Ballroom, 8/18/15

Esme Patterosn – Rebel Lounge, 5/30/15

Jose Gonzalez – Mesa Arts Center, 10/14/15

Jeff Taylor:

3/8 – Viet Cong at Pub Rock

3/26 – Oneohtrix Point Never at ASU West Fitness Complex

8/2 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Crescent Ballroom

9/8 – Bearcubbin at The Rebel Lounge

12/19 – J Fernandez at Crescent Ballroom

Melissa Fossum:

14-Apr Sylvan Esso at Crescent

28-Apr Sleater-Kinney at Marquee

3-Jul Wilco at Salt River Fields

25-Oct Sufjan Stevens at Orpheum

31-Jan Kanye West and Rihanna secret Super Bowl show

15-Oct Run the Jewels at Marquee Theatre

21-Sep Cut Copy at Renaissance Hotel

24-Oct Garth Brooks at Talking Stick Resort Arena

22-Jun Purity Ring at Crescent Ballroom

10-Apr Death Cab For Cutie at Quail Run Park

Win tickets to see “AMY” – Amy Winehouse Documentary!!!

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From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention with her unforgettable voice and charisma. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy poured her heart and soul into her music, expressing personal struggles and pain through her intimate lyrics.  The combination of her raw honesty and virtuosity resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of our time.

Amy became an international sensation, experiencing a meteoric rise to fame she had never sought nor expected. The relentless and invasive media attention, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and addictions, led her into a tragic cycle of self-destruction, resulting in her untimely death at age 27.  Four years later, Asif Kapadia’s powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy as a brilliant artist while asking ourselves how it was that we watched her disappear in front of our eyes.

Stinkweeds and Silverplatter.info have pairs of tickets to giveaway to the advanced screening of Amy on July 7 at Harkins’ Tempe Marketplace.  To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Winehouse” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number.  

Good luck!

The film opens nationwide on July 10.  

For more info: http://amy-movie.com/

#Amy4Ever

Mother Mother Review

Mother Mother

Fairy Bones at the PRESSROOM (phoenix, az)

03/06/2015- Song River

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This past Wednesday evening after a very hot Arizona day, the Valley was entertained by two bands: Fairy Bones (A local Phoenix favorite) and Canada’s own synthpop group Mother Mother. Several people I spoke with commented that they had driven in from other parts of Arizona and California to hear Mother Mother, and the meeting of the fans’ expectations became quite clear from the very note on stage.

Mother Mother from Vancouver, British Columbia delivered the energetic sounds from their latest album “Very Good Bad Thing.” (VGBT, album number four, was released here in the states April 2014, under Def Jam records).

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Danceable overtures of 80’s pop with a touch of psychedelic-glitter wave, Mother Mother relayed all their elements and spread their Canadian borders even further South. 

Total satisfaction, total elation, total completion was handed over by Fairy Bones and Mother Mother. A spot on billing at The Pressroom.

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Win tickets to see “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” at FilmBar!

During the 60’s and early 70’s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.

This documentary film, DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN, provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with war and genocide. By celebrating this powerful music, and the people who created it, Cambodia’s musical heyday emerges from the shadows of tragedy into the light of history. 

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We have pairs of tickets to giveaway to FilmBar‘s exclusive of this documentary on May 28-30!   To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Cambodia Rock” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number. 

Good Luck!

For more info: http://www.thefilmbarphx.com/event/856219-dont-think-ive-forgotten-phoenix/

Also check out this NPR interview with the director of this film:  http://www.npr.org/2015/04/22/401020275/the-nearly-lost-story-of-cambodian-rock-n-roll

Win tickets to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band at MIM!

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Since its start in the 1960s, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been the premier showcase for the best in New Orleans–style jazz.  PHJB will be at the MIM doing two shows!   We have a pair of tickets to the 9:00 pm show.  We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the 9:00 pm showing!   To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Preservation Hall Jazz Band” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number. 

Good Luck!  

More info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/preservation-hall-jazz-band-2

Win tickets to see Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn at MIM!!!

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Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, this husband-and-wife duo has earned the unofficial title of “the first family of the banjo.”  They are coming to the MIM on 6/10 doing two shows that day!  We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the 9:00 pm showing!   To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Fleck Washburn” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number. 

Good Luck!

For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/bela-fleck-abigail-washburn

Win tickets to see Mother Mother

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Mother Mother is coming to the Pressroom on 6/3!  We have a pair of tickets to giveaway!   To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Mother Mother” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number. 

Good Luck!

For more info: http://www.thepressroomaz.com/event/804697-mother-mother-phoenix/

Win tickets to see Kneebody at MIM!!!

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We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Kneebody at the MIM theater on April 19!  To enter send an email to contests@silverplatter.info with “Kneebody” on the title.  On the message put down your name and phone number. 

Good Luck!

For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/kneebody or http://silverplatter.info/shows/39785