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Against Me! Imaginary Scoop On The Road Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups are coming to Seattle and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway

Silversun Pickups tour poster

Silversun Pickups are coming to Seattle on July 31st to headline the Paramount! Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15th at 9am, but we have a pair to giveaway right now! Just e-mail [email protected] with the subject like “iheartsilversun” before Thursday, May 14th at 9am and make sure to include your full name, especially if your e-mail address is something like [email protected]

July 31st

the Paramount Theatre
SWAK, STG, The Stranger, KNDD present.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS
with
Against Me!
the Henry Clay People

All Ages, Bar with ID

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Against Me! Hot Hot Heat Live Show Review Minus the Bear Quest Field The Bravery

Happy Sweet 16 Endfest! {page 2}

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Ok, ok. Oh man! Minus the Bear — one of my favorites!

Ever since catching these guys earlier in the year at Sasquatch, I’ve been hooked. The crazy Knudson tapping solos, time changes, and romantic lyrics are almost too much for me to handle. They’re enough to satisfy every pound of music theory nerd in me, as I’m sure they are for everyone else.

I clicked away at this stage with my shutter finger still sore from tapping along on my fender to the Highly Refined Pirates album the night previous.

Though I was definitely disappointed to see such a short set, I definitely got my Minus the Bear fix taken care of.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

With the local stage all done with, Against Me! took the What’s Next stage with their usual energy of newly escaped tigers from the Woodland Park Zoo. Fun fun fun!!

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

 

The long-awaited return of Canadian lads Hot Hot Heat was clear to be seen by all. The crazy haired Steve Bays bounced through the duration of the set with an intense energy — undoubtedly provided by the enthusiasm of the audience. After all, we Seattle folk are very giving!

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

The Bravery put on a charming, upbeat (with that always latent gloom slant) 40 minute set. Sam Endicott’s very appearance eked almost as hoots and hollers from the girls as a household of girls glued to High School Musical 2…or more specifically, Zac Effron. (Oh god.)

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

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Against Me! Live Show Review

Capitol Hill Block Party 2007: Against Me!

Against Me!’s latest album, New Wave, has been the talk of the blogosphere for a few reasons. They’re an anti-capitalist punk band from Florida and many of their fans are pissed that they signed to Sire Records, a division of Warner Brothers. To many, its as if they are simultaneously raging for and against the machine. Also, people were reportedly having their computers not recognize it when they put it in their CD-Rom drives (although my copy seemed to work okay). But the final reason people are talking about this CD is because it is supposedly really, really good. The Village Voice called it a “masterpiece” and Idolator said “it will compel you to print up anti-war pamphlets and renew your MRR [Maximum Rock and Roll] subscription.”

I don’t expect to have room on my top ten list for New Wave at the end of the year, but I do really admire it. I especially appreciate the song “White People for Peace”, which is about the futility of protest songs. “Protest songs in response to military aggression; protest songs try to stop the soldiers guns…but the battle raged on.”

Against Me! Photo by Laura Musselman.When they played Saturday night at the Capitol Hill Block Party, they were ready to rock. It was interesting to see that one of the most politically aware bands to play this weekend did not have a local politician to introduce them, but that really didn’t matter in the long run.

Starting out with “New Wave,” they continued to rock throughout the 45 minutes they were on stage. They played quite a few songs from the new album (which was produced by Butch Vig, who was also the producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind album). They also played some of their older favorites, like “We Did It All For Don,” “Don’t Lose Touch,” and then closed with “Baby, I’m an Anarchist.”

The final song sounded like an Irish drinking punk song (a la the Pogues), but as I was pondering the lyrics and felt a little ashamed for my passive liberal politics with the verse, which goes:

 

'Cause baby, I'm an anarchist,
You're a spineless liberal.
We marched together for the eight-hour day
And held hands in the streets of Seattle,
But when it came time to throw bricks Through that Starbucks window,
You left me all alone.

I started thinking of the article I linked to a couple of weeks ago on the TIG blog from The Onion about the current state of punk rock. I finally concluded that even if there actually is a rock and roll heaven, Joe Strummer is surely smiling down upon Against Me!

 

More photos of Against Me! at the Capitol Hill Block Party (by Laura Musselman):

Against Me! at Capitol Hill Block Party 2007. Photo by Laura Musselman.

Against Me! at Capitol Hill Block Party 2007. Photo by Laura Musselman.

Against Me! at Capitol Hill Block Party 2007. Photo by Laura Musselman.

Against Me! at Capitol Hill Block Party 2007. Photo by Laura Musselman.

 

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