Flight of the Conchords
Better seats make for a better show. Last time I saw FOTC we were waaaaaay far away in the balcony and the sound was terrible. This time I got to see them in a high school auditorium which was weird but also made for a slightly more intimate performance. They played songs from season one and two and were sill crazy funny, as usual.
In the spring of 09 I got really into the band Los Campesinos! They had just released their 10 song EP “We are Beautiful! We are Doomed!” and were touring that. Los Campesinos! is a huge band , they have a lot going on in their music but it’s all about the lead singer Gareth’s lyrics. For an angsty high school boy, they were perfect.
We got the opportunity to interview Gareth before the show which was dope because I was so into them at the time. The show was solid and they closed with Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks which provided for a great sing along. If you get the chance, start listening to them! They have a huge catalogue now.
Courtney Barnett- Avant Gardner
The Get Up Kids
It was back to the GAMH to see one of the pop punk greats: The Get Up Kids. My brother had just introuced me to them and I was instantly hooked. This was their reunion show.
The only albums I had by them at the time were Four Minute Mile and Something to Write Home About, but that was okay because they mostly played songs off of that.Matt Pryor is fantastic live and the crowd was awesome. They’re a band that has such a cool following of young and old fans that have all been listening to them for a while.
Fall Out Boy
Before FOB released they’re fourth studio album they did a short tour of small venues. The shows were secret show that were announced a few days before the actual date and they were cash only. They played Great American Music Hall in SF which is a 500 person venue. This was cool because at this point FOB were headlining arenas.
I waited 11 hours in the rain that day to get in and it was totally worth it. This was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. FOB played for about 90min and it was a greatest hits set. They played I Don’t Care off there new album but other then that it was all older songs. They ended with Saturday and Pete Wentz let everyone get on stage. It was really nice to see them in a small venue and it was nice to see them before they went on that short hiatus. They really are one of the best pop-punk bands out of the 00’s.