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May 27, 2010 Live Freelance Whales Shout Out Louds

It is interesting to note that my Moleskin notebook’s resonance is exactly the same as Shout Out Louds’ “Hard Rain.” Of course it seems like this tour might be teaching the Shout Out Louds a few things about emotional resonance. While Friday night’s crowd reacted politely to their impeccable renditions of middling material from newest album Work, it was really favorites from Our Ill Wills and debut Howl Howl Gaff Gaff that really caused audience-wide oscillations.

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May 22, 2010 Live

Although Broken Bells’ Wednesday night performance at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood was only the second show of its first tour, the sold-out concert was the band’s third headlining club gig in Los Angeles since February.

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May 07, 2010 Live Quasi Let’s Wrestle

Let’s Wrestle is an appropriate moniker for an act seemingly in thrall to the ‘90s indie shambles and dissonance of the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement, their instrumental parts and personalities clashing like battering rams. Bassist Mike Lightning played in a punchy, surging Lou Barlow-esque style while frontman Wesley Patrick Gonzalez sounded as quixotically dazed as Stephen Malkmus circa Crooked Rain in his flat, laconic intonations.

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May 05, 2010 Live Broken Social Scene

I harbor a not-so-secret fantasy that one day, after moving to Toronto, Kevin Drew will ask me to play the triangle in Broken Social Scene. Despite my crippling lack of musical talent, the band’s high-energy set at The Henry Fonda Theater did nothing to dissuade my delusions.

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May 05, 2010 Live The Church

To most of the U.S. music buying populace, Australia’s The Church were little more than a one hit wonder, defined by the unassuming brilliance of their 1988 hit “Under the Milky Way.” But the truth of the matter is that The Church’s artistic reach extended years before and long after their time in the limelight. The band withstood their short period of fame and have survived to build a catalog of quality songs unrivaled by most of their ‘80s peers.

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Apr 29, 2010 Live Avi Buffalo

Long Beach foursome Avi Buffalo played a 30-minute live in-store at stalwart local indie shop Fingerprints on Monday night, the eve of the release of the band’s eponymous debut record. Friends, family, and fans gathered to see the band perform seven of the 10 songs from its eponymous Sub-Pop LP.

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Apr 20, 2010 Live Phoenix Charlotte Gainsbourg Deerhunter Florence and the Machine Coachella 2010 Local Natives Gorillaz Mayer Hawthorne Thom Yorke Pavement

Day three of Coachella 2010 more than made up for a lackluster day two, with set after set of strong artists and ending with perhaps the three best performances of the whole festival, all in a row: Pavement, Thom Yorke, and Gorillaz. It would have been nice if the wealth of great artists had been spread out a little bit more over the three days, but then again, Sunday wouldn’t have been so strong if they had scheduled it that way. Here’s what I saw on the last day of Coachella: Local Natives, Owen Pallett, Mayer Hawthorne, Deerhunter, Florence and the Machine, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonsi, Spoon, Phoenix, Pavement, Thom Yorke, and Gorillaz.

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Apr 20, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 Jónsi Thom Yorke

The final day of my maiden Coachella voyage I learned an important lesson: after two packed days, less is more. While I danced to Phoenix, got slanted and enchanted with Pavement, caught Gorillaz‘s “animated” set, and enjoyed bits of performances by Owen Pallet and Deerhunter, it was two frontmen on break from their high profile bands that truly caught my attention: Jónsi and Thom Yorke.

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Apr 18, 2010 Live Hot Chip Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros The xx Devo Coachella 2010 The Dead Weather Camera Obscura Dirty Projectors MGMT Muse

Day two of Coachella 2010 alas offered few highlights. This year Coachella has put way too many great artists on Sunday’s bill, which will inevitably lead to a lot of Sophie’s Choice-like moments of picking between which favorite artists to see. Whereas Saturday’s bill suffered from a lack of must see artists, there was no shortage of artists worth checking out, it’s just that few of them delivered. Matters were not helped by the fact that the best set I saw was also the first set I saw. Almost everything underwhelmed after that.

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