I seem to have gone into music hibernation over the past few months. I haven’t been to a concert since the Of Montreal show I saw last November. In the meantime, I’ve been reflecting with my roommate, with whom I’ve made a pact that we will go see as many concerts as possible in our two years here, to make up for 20+ concert-less years! We’ve come to a consensus on the best shows we’ve seen so far.
Best spectacle: Of Montreal, who put on a huge production, complete with costume changes, a rotating stage, giant monks doing kung fu, and Kevin Barnes stripping with the show’s progress.
Tightest set: The Ting Tings. Not only did they segue from song to song without any breaks, but all of their things matched. Purple outfit with pink boots and gloves, pink microphone, pink wires, pink guitar. They were coordinated.
Best crowd: Pinback, for their alternative grunge music and the slowly swaying, head-banging crowd that came to see it.
Worst crowd: The Virgins opening for the Black Kids. There were so many drunk high school girls screaming their heads off at the cute boys in the Virgins.
Best overall experience: BEIRUT. I’m especially ecstatic about this one! Acquiring tickets was the first part of the adventure. The show was sold out a day after the tickets were posted, but my roommate and I managed to get tickets by standing outside the show with signs. I’ve never scalped tickets before, but it is surprisingly easy. Of course, we wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of a very boisterous homeless man, who grabbed the sign out of my hands and ran up and down the line of hipsters bellowing for extra tickets. The few people who didn’t avert their eyes at the sight of a homeless black man stopped and sold us their extra tickets at face value.
The show itself was amazing. Blaring trumpets, collapsing accordions, and Zach Condon’s deep, tremulous voice permeated through the walls of the synagogue (yes, it was at a synagogue…a strange venue for a concert, but perfect acoustics!).
Next Friday is Lily Allen. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. In the meantime, I guess it’s back to teaching.