Father John Misty at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park

About an hour ago Father John Misty, whom some of you better know as J Tillman of Fleet Foxes, played a free show at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Check out these screen grabs from the show. tell me more

Rules for Shows #3: The Front of the Pit is Over-rated

  Rule #3   The first strings have been strummed and the singer has claimed the mic. The shovers are staking their claim in the pit. There is a rush to the stage, a general movement: the show is starting. The young and foolish punk will rush forward so they can be closer to the sweat and angst flying off the stage. It seems rational. But if you’ve taken the time to push to the front-and-center position, standing in front of the fresh mosh pit is the worst way to claim that sweet spot. Not so much because the pit… tell me more

We Are All Accelerated Readers

Here’s a little snippet from my journal from the night of the Los Campesinos show June 26, 2008. Definitions! skanking: V.  The dance you do at the Los Campesinos! show when you are hysterical with joy and you have leg room. pogo: V.  The dance you do at the Los Campesinos! show when you are packed like Mentos in a Coke bottle with other joyful fans. mosh:  V. What happens when the whole crowd fizzes over, bounding off walls and fleshy sweaty bodies all singing “It’s you…It’s me…It’s dancing!”. drum solo: N. When the drummer for Los Campesinos runs into… tell me more

Pics from Phantogram with The Antlers at the Independent

I confess I enjoyed the energy of the opening act, Phantogram, more than The Antlers. The Antlers were still satisfying, but you can’t quite pogo to mourning music. I would have taken more pictures but I killed my camera’s battery on Phantogram. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.  I must say the sound quality at the Independent was outstanding. I didn’t even need earplugs for the first act. Mouthful Of Diamonds by Phantogram Download now or listen on posterous 01 – Mouthful of Diamonds.mp3 (7073 KB) When I’m Small by Phantogram Download now or listen on posterous 02 –… tell me more

Flo has Lungs

Now I understand why Florence and the Machine’s album is called “Lungs.” I haven’t witnessed a performer hold a note that long since I saw EnVogue in the seventh grade.  I usually attempt to pay attention to all aspects of the performers but to no avail. She was captivating. As these photos show, Flo had my undivided attention. I managed to get two poor quality photos of the keyboardist and guitarist. I didn’t manage to get any pics of the enormous harp. That thing must have been ten feet tall.  Not a lot chit-chat on stage. Part of her stage… tell me more