November 26, 2007

Bright Eyes played Radio City last Monday. This was my second time seeing Conor and friends, the first time was at Bonnaroo. Last time I was at Radio City was for Arcade Fire back in May and those guys owned the place. This was a little different. I did not know what to think going in to this show. Bright Eyes is great intimate music and Radio City is anything but intimate. Despite the fact that the band looked minuscule on that gigantic stage, the show felt anything but small. The set was comprised mostly of songs off I'm Wide Awake... which is what I had hoped for and the guys had some great energy. Lua sounded brilliant and he use of an accordion was perfect. In the encore Connor invited the opening bands out to play on a Tom Petty cover and it was so refreshing to see so many people rocking out on stage and just having a good time.

In music news, shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine have announced that they will enter the studio in December to finish recording the follow-up to 1991's masterpiece Loveless. Does not look like the album will be out by the year's end like originally planned, but it's getting closer. The band has already announced their return to the stage which will take place this June in England and have nixed the Coachella rumors.

Hot Tracks:
  1. Vampire Weekend - "Walcott". These guys are New York City's next big thing. Four Columbia grads do their version of indie pop and do it well. They just signed with XL and will release their debut full length in January.
  2. Jens Lekman - "The Opposite of Hallelujah". Swinging melodies and excellent harmonies help this Swede deliver an infectious indie pop hit.
Hope everyone had a good holiday. Keep it scene in the city.

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