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|Hench's 2013 Gigs|
A combination of funds, location, medical issues and time meant I couldn't make it to as many shows this year as I would've liked to this year, but I saw some pretty great shows this year. Here's a recap.
|1||Maps & Atlases - Akron, OH|
First time at Musica, second time seeing M&A (caught them a Lolla 2011). Got to get right up in front of the stage and watch Dave Davison shred. One dude kept shouting "Every Place is a Houuuuuuuse" and Dave played the first riff just to shut him up. Really tight set featuring a cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World. The opening acts (The Elephant Society and 40s) were decent.
|2||Circa Survive and Minus the Bear - Royal Oak, MI|
After sitting through an okay set by Now Now, I got to watch Minus the Bear put on a solid show including Drilling, which is my favorite song of theirs. Not a big Circa Survive fan, but they played some of the better songs off of Violent Waves before I left due to a) my friend not really enjoying it and b) the fact that I wasn't feeling well. A week later I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which needless to say has not been fun. Glad I made it through MtB though.
|3||Boris with Young Widows - Cleveland, OH|
I know Boris is notoriously loud, but holy shit are they LOUD. They played Flood all the way through, which isn't really my thing but was pretty cool. There was a solid 10 minutes of harsh feedback in the middle that was absolutely deafening. They also played my favorite song of theirs, Pink, as well as a cool new one and a few others. Young Widows were alright. Local opener Scarcity of Tanks was just weird.
|4||BLED Fest - Howell, MI|
I already detailed this in another list, but for those that don't know, BLED Fest is a punk/hardcore/emo/screamo/post-hardcore festival held in a high school, and it was awesome this year. CityCop., Into It. Over It., Dads, The World is a Beautiful Place, Code Orange Kids, Pianos Become the Teeth, Sainthood Reps and Adventures were all fantastic. Got to talk briefly to the bass player from CoK/Adventures and the guitarist from Sainthood Reps, who was extremely appreciative of me buying a CD. Andrew W.K. was also there, but he was very disappointing.
|5||Death Grips with Ratking- Cleveland, OH|
There was no Zach Hill, no on-stage banter and only 50 minutes of music, but this was an experience. They were almost as loud as Boris, and Ride is terrifying in person. Bizarre crowd mix of hipsters, metalheads, high schoolers and hip-hop nerds. Highlights: The Fever, I've Seen Footage, System Blower.
|6||Melvins with Honky - Cleveland, OH|
Dale Crover is a fucking god. I unfortunately couldn't see Buzzo very well, but I was so focused on the drums anyway. They played stuff from all eras, which made sense as it was the 30th anniversary tour. Honky were great too--basically the stoner metal equivalent of ZZ Top featuring the bassist from Butthole Surfers (who also played with the Melvins) and Dale on drums. Songs included "Walkin' on Moonshine" and "Snortin' Whiskey, Drinkin' Cocaine."
|7||Tim Kasher and Laura Stevenson - Cleveland, OH|
Went mostly for Laura, who was great. I got to stand right up front and watch her. Probably should've talked to her, as I was with a friend who had known her years earlier when he was a student at Power Chord Academy, where she and the bass player, Mike Campbell, were counselors. Tim Kasher was alright, but I greatly prefer Cursive. Also this show was nearly ruined by two drunk girls who shouted over everything and thought they were the life of the concert. Tim sort of egged them on, but he was clearly annoyed with them by the end. I left early because of them. Highlights: Triangle, Renee, Runner.
|8||65daysofstatic and Caspian with TWIABP - Cleveland, OH|
Hands down the best show I saw all year. Seeing The World is a Beautiful Place again was fantastic, although the post-rock crowd wasn't necessarily ready for them. Caspian bring amazing energy live and 65dos are just spectacular. Dance Dance Dance is insane in person.
|Regretfully missed: Torche/Lo-Pan/KEN mode, Circle Takes the Square, Wintersun/Fleshgod Apocalypse/Arsis, Summer Slaughter (wanted to see DEP, The Ocean, Revocation and Animals as Leaders), Swans (same night as Melvins; was actually who I was originally going to see but friends bailed and I like Melvins more, plus they were closer and cheaper), Mastodon (also that night), Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Every Time I Die/letlive./Code Orange Kids, The Sword/Clutch (last two were right before 65daysofstatic).
Next show I'm for sure planning on making: Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder (meh), Gorguts and Noisem.|