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Sep 19, 2009 Live Chairlift

“My dying breath will be spent complaining about the brevity of a band’s set.” I’ve said this so many times, that trotting out this complaint yet again may simply come off as white noise. But seriously Chairlift—let’s talk about your show at the Troubadour. Eight songs and no encore? You’re so much better than that! And I ‘aint too proud to beg.

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Sep 17, 2009 Live Modest Mouse

“We’re super guys,” said Modest Mouse lead singer Isaac Brock. “…All I’m saying is, while you were here wasting your time, we lowered gas prices to five cents a gallon for 20 minutes…but you were here.” After a Close Encounters of the Third Kind introduction—complete with flashing lights—and riotous opener “Invisible,” I was ready to believe just about anything. Anything.

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Sep 11, 2009 Live

It’s a damp, humid Sunday evening and tucked away in a cobbled lane at the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Stereo is the venue for the only Scottish date on Bill Callahan’s European tour. He’s promoting his latest release, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, his second without his famous sobriquet.

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Sep 03, 2009 Live Dungen Woods

Perhaps it’s best to think of Dungen and Woods as jam bands for people with higher standardsthey both hit the same ‘60’s-inspired notes as many jammy Bonnaroo mainstays, but back it up with substance and a sense of history.

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Sep 02, 2009 Live Mew

The Danish trio Mew (who are a five-piece live) took the Troubadour stage for a sold-out show and launched right into “New Terrain,” the opening track to the band’s lengthily titled new album, No more stories/Are told today/I’m sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I’m tired/Let’s wash away. On record the song is awash with backwards vocals and, live, singer Jonas Bjerre seemed to warp his pipes in a similar fashion. Guitarist Bo Madsen started “New Terrain” playing bongo drums, before switching to the guitar. The song was loudits bass and drums tickling at the ears and making the $2 earplugs sold at the bar briefly tempting.

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Sep 01, 2009 Live Mew

This week the Zune L.A. gallery/performance space is hosting the Mewseum, an exhibition of Mew’s music videos, including three filmed for their lengthily titled new album, No more stories/Are told today/I’m sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I’m tired/Let’s wash away. The three videos are directed by Martin De Thurah and also displayed are photos from the videos. Mew performed a short set Monday night at Zune L.A. to a grouping of fans and industry folk. Before the Danish trio took the stage, the three No more stories videos were shown.

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Aug 25, 2009 Live Friendly Fires

I don’t dance. I’m an arrhythmic white girl whose main goal—at most events—is to not put an eye out with my pen or notebook. Although, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to getting my (very) awkward groove on at last night’s Friendly Fires show. For the record: no writing utensil related injuries were sustained.

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Aug 17, 2009 Live Depeche Mode Peter Bjorn and John

Depeche Mode played the first of its two nights at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night, the British band’s first ever performances at the iconic venue. The months leading up to the concert were plagued with show cancellations, due to frontman Dave Gahan’s health problems, but Depeche Mode were in fine form, playing a set of crowd-pleasing favorites sprinkled with a few more recent songs, including some from this year’s Sounds of the Universe.

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Aug 11, 2009 Live Lollapalooza 2009 Lou Reed Bat For Lashes The Raveonettes Neko Case Jane’s Addiction

A report from day three of Lollapalooza 2009, including Lou Reed, Bat For Lashes, The Raveonettes, Neko Case, and Jane’s Addiction.

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