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Concerts Of 2012 Thus Far...

Here is a list and description of the shows I've attending so far this year. I haven't been to as many as in past years but that's alright. The last few bands I saw were over this last weekend, the 23rd & 24th, at the River's Edge Music Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota. No set was shorter then an hour though.So please let me know what you think about my short and poorly written reviews and let me know what the best show you've seen so far this year has been.
1Mustard Plug
Evildoers Beware!

What can I say, ska shows are just fun. After a few decades and countless line-up changes, Mustard Plug isn't quite what it used to be but I still had a blast. The opener, Blue Waffel, was a local reggae/ska band that set off the night wonderfully with some rather great vocals and one of the better drummers I've seen in a while. I found out later it was there last show... :( Ska dancing + Mustard Plug + the Triple Rock Social Club = A great night.
2Craig Finn
Clear Heart Full Eyes

Mount Moriah opened up with a evening down in Omaha creating some very harmonious music. Vocalist Heather McEntire has an incredibly soothing voice matched perfectly by the slow yet brightful music swirling around behind her. Never seen the Hold Steady or even listened to them that much but after this show I had to. Finn's stage presence was powerful yet awkward at times, with his extreme gestures and jarring movements sometimes 'getting in the way' I felt. Never the less it was a fabulous show.
3 Dropkick Muprphy's
The Warrior's Code

I had seen The Dropkick Murphy's twice already before this show so I wasn't really going to see them but to see Frank Turner, and he didn't disappoint. Frank was harsh, loud, energetic and charismatic. One of my favorite song writers not just of this generation but of all time, and now one of my favorite performers. I would still like to see him headlining a show but he managed to grab the crowd at First Ave and didn't let go until his 45 minute had reached it's end. Oh, DKM's were pretty good as well.
4The Black Keys
El Camino

I was leery going to this show since it was their first arena tour, but I had not been able to see them until now so I wasn't going to pass it up. I wasn't too worried about them filling the arena with sound of with people, but weather they were going to turn their show into a spectical. Well, they did a pretty good job of it. Could they have done better, yes, would it have been better in a smaller venue, yes... but when all was said in done, giant disco ball and all, it was a good show. The best part of the night for me though, was when the backing band walked of the stage and let Dan and Pat play as just the two piece band. Them two on stage create the most intimate moment at a large venue I've ever seen. That's not necessarily saying a lot but it sure is something.
5Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive!

Never a huge fan, never cared to see him, didn't even know he was playing in the area till a co-worker asked if I wanted to go see him. I felt the only logical answer was, "why the hell not." I'm so glad I went. It was the last show for his anniversary tour of Frampton Comes Alive. So they started off the evening playing through the set list of one of the best selling live album of all time. Watching the guitar legend play through the classics "Baby, I Love You" "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" was great and all but the night really became something special when he started to play through the songs off his latest album, Finger Prints. They were fantastic, exciting and his cover of Sound Garden's Black Hole Sun was mesmerizing. At the start of the show I was wondering if the 60 something year old man could still play. Lets say, unlike Sampson, Frampton didn't loose all his power when he lost his hair.
6 Coheed & Cambria
The Second Stage Turbine Blade

This starts off the River's Edge Music Festival. First day I saw; Coheed, Brand New, Sublime with Rome and Tool. Second day I saw; The Flaming Lips and the Dave Matthews Band. I hope most of you on this site have seen Coheed and Cambria by now. This was my fourth time seeing them and the best. Let me state real quick that I may have dropped some acid right at the start of their set... For a festival, the audio was wonderful, the crowd was up beat, even got a pretty good mosh pit going, cant' go wrong with a mosh pit. This was also the first time I got to see them with Chris Pennie on drums, one of the most entertaining drummers I've seen.
7Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Alright, I was tripping pretty good by now, and Brand New might be my new favorite band. The performance was gritty, filthy, consuming and raw. I couldn't honest think of a better band to have playing with the crowd swaying, swinging and crumbling under the weight of the performance. Jesse Lacey seemed to take out everything he had inside of himself and just dropped it on the crowd and let the radiant heat from the sweaty bodies and the glaring sun evaporate it away. By the end of the set I was left wondering; one, why the hell don't I listen to these guys more ofter, and two, why did they stop?!?!
8Sublime with Rome
Yours Truly

I'll start by saying, I was very happy when Alice in Chains reunited despite the passing of Layne. I was happy cause most people I think don't realize how much Cantrell contributed to their sound, and after seeing them live and hearing the album they put out with Duvall I feel I was right to be happy. Now Sublime on the other hand I can't say the same, because as far as I'm concerned, Bradley Nowell was Sublime. So to continue the band with out him is like trying to revive something after you've cut the damn head off. When I saw Alice in Chains it felt like I was watching ALICE IN CHAINS when I saw Sublime with Rome didn't feel like I was watching Sublime but a Sublime Cover band. When the only member of the original band, Eric Wilson, was actually playing bass he showed he could still lay down a pretty sick bass rhythm but for most of the set he was drinking or playing a synthesizer. The new singer, Rome Ramirez, can sure play and does sound quite a bit like Bradley but from the videos I've and seen recordings I've heard of Bradley Nowell, Rome isn't half the performer Bradley was. That and to top it all off a majority of the noise was coming from the DJ that was on stage with them. I'm not saying the performance was bad but if you go see Sublime with Rome expecting to see Sublime you'll be extremely disappointed, if you go excepting to see Sublime with Rome you'll enjoy yourself just fine. Oh, and all the Tool fans managed to get a pretty good pit going during Sublime's set.
10,000 Days

So may I remind you that I might have done some acid six hours ago. I've heard that Tool is either good or horrible live based on Maynerd's performance, if that's the case, Tool was intense, mesmerizing, and visually orgasmic. I was not nearly as close to the stage as I had been all day but I was fine with that, I've been in enough brutal mosh pits, and I was on something I'll probably only do once this life time so I stood back and took in the; lyrics, music, visuals and the atmosphere surrounding me. At times I completely forgot Tool was actually just a short walk away playing this live and just got lost in the visuals as the laser show shoot across Harriet Island cascading off the trees and vendor tents, while Maynard's disturbing yet captivating video's played on three large screen's. All while to band poured out one gut wrenching riff after another. Tool only played for an hour and a half but when you're in the state of mind I was time seems to slow down to a halt and every shimmering beam of light protruding from the stage weighs more then you could imagine. So yeah, Tool fucking rocked.
10The Flaming Lips
Clouds Taste Metallic

I was wondering if the Lips would bring their full stage show or not since they wouldn't be able to play a full set. Boy, oh boy did they ever. Confetti Cannons, Dancers, Balloons, Coyne walking on the crowd in a giant bubble, they brought it all. Coyne was clearly put on this earth for one purpose, and that's to get up on a stage and put on the most ridiculous and fascinating performance you may ever see. I will have to see them headlining a show indoors but next to Tool the night before this was the highlight of the weekend.
11Dave Matthews Band
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

Never cared for Dave Matthews and still don't really but I wasn't going to pass up the chance to see his band. I would compare seeing DMB to Rush in away that everybody on stage is a true craftsman of their instrument. However, other then the stunning cover of All Along the Watchtower I'm not sure how much of their set I'll remember two months from now. Also, the crowd for the show also had an elevated level of douchieness to it. I felt like I was in the middle of a giant Fraternity. Non of this is to say Dave Matthews is bad at what he does though. this was one of the tightest performances I've ever seen and probably ever will see and Tim Reynolds in a fantastic guitarist. P.S. don't be fooled by the video, it is DMB
The Whole Love

Going to see Wilco, for free, with Gary Clark Jr, on July 7th in Sioux City, IA!!!
13System of a Down
System of a Down

Seeing SOAD in Chicago, IL on Aug 15th with the Deftones!!!
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