Sunday, December 11, 2011
In my experience, Canadian bands know how to rile up a crowd. Maybe it's the cold, but they tend to be good at keeping a room moving, dancing, drinking, and having a great time. Sam Roberts Band at Castaways this weekend was no exception.
While they're probably used to playing State Theater-esque venues back in Quebec, Roberts and his band took to the rickety stage at Castaways with gusto. I'm only really familiar with their album from this May, Collider, but there's definitely going some heavy rotation of their earlier stuff after this week's concert. With a voice a wee bit like Tom Petty and a band adept at impeccable rock 'n' roll, Sam Roberts stoked the crowd into a joyful fervor of roots rock-y goodness.
Also, wow he is good looking. Photos below if you don't believe me.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
While the music at Big Day In went from 12pm to 12am, it would have taken a superhuman feat of strength to rock through it all. No doubt, some particularly dedicated music fans accomplished this feat, (Bubba Crumrine, the organizer, was definitely in these ranks. Respect.) but having a full work schedule that day I was only able to see three bands near the end of the night. Luckily, they kicked ass.
Ithaca locals Summer People played at around 7, followed by upstate punkers Hot Cha Cha, and then one of the night's headliners Parts and Labor. I've been wanting to catch Parts and Labor's live show for a while, and their amazing experimental rock didn't disappoint. Considerable skill and a "F*** it, we'll do it live!" DIY attitude was a perfect fit for the night. Hot Cha Cha and Summer People were similarly sick, both bands combusting into balls of energy for the duration of their quick-and dirty sets.
Check out pics from the party below! In order, you're looking at Parts and Labor, Hot Cha Cha, then Summer People. Support local music with Ithaca Underground and its ilk, They make your city awesome!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
You know Zgress, right? Ithaca College graduate, Master of piano pop, Battle of the bands winner, and owner of many nice shirts? Good. He's great.
Zgress on Ice revived itself again for the Christmas season, this weekend at Delilah's. Just as last year, the crowd enjoyed a night full of friends, dance, a sweater contest, and raffles for questionable items. Despite a brief scandal in which a sweater-vest won the sweater competition (gasp!) the party went off in grand style. Zgress, along with local buddies Kinship opening the show, provided the perfect musical score to a warming winter night. See pics below for a look at the fun flashy time!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Guys, it was everything you'd want it to be and more.
Nearly 50 years after starting The Kinks with his brother Dave Davies, and coming over with The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, and The Who during the British Invasion, Ray sounded as fresh as the day he picked up a guitar. He begun the show with an acoustic guitar on a barstool, as good shows that become great are wont to begin. With only one other gentleman providing backup vocals, we got eight beautiful acoustic renditions of Waterloo Sunset and See My Friends. With tunes wistful yet earnest, Ray upheld his status as one of the few folks for whom the term "legendary" has not become hyperbole.
The set with the full band, though, is when stuff got good. So good in fact, that I apparently completely forgot to take photographs. I promise though, you would have done the same.
With a wonderful mix of energy, humor, and shirt-changes, Davies and his band took us through many Kinks Klassics (kill me) including You Really Got Me and Misfits, as well as rarer treats, like a Ron Sexsmith cover. With every song, 3 years seemed to drop off his age, until he was a 24 year old playing songs for screaming girls at his first show in L.A. Except, the screaming girls might have been fellow 50 year old men in this case. It was awesome.
Yes, he did play L.O.L.A. It was his last encore and it broke everyone's heart.
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