Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer Concerts 2015: July

July 10: Say Anything @ House of Blues - Boston, MA
Opening Acts: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Modern Baseball, Hard Girls

This show seems like so long ago but I remember it being absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, I didn't get to catch a lot of the openers although I did see Modern Baseball's set and they were good - your typical pop punk band in khaki shorts and eating pizza. Say Anything's string accompaniment definitely added something and I'm glad they decided to do it for this tour. Believe it or not, Hebrews has grown on me. I wouldn't say it's my favorite or one of their best, but I can accept it as a solid effort that Max Bemis wanted to create. The last time I saw them, Hebrews just came out that week, I think, and the songs on that album sounded weird without the string accompaniment, since they were made to include that. The songs definitely had a different vibe this time. Say Anything are always a good band to see live - a lot of energy, heart and interaction with the audience. Video is of Say Anything performing "Woe".

July 11: Weird Al @ The Palace Theatre - Albany, NY
Opening Acts: None
This was my first time seeing Weird Al and I know I was in the minority at this concert. There were so many fans in the audience who knew the rhythm of a Weird Al concert - the polka, the costume changes, the skits he pre-records and shows on stage. Being 55 years old and still rocking out, Weird Al doesn't seem like he's slowing down any time soon and I think he and the fans are just fine with that. Here's a video of some of his polka he did in Albany.

 July 27: Motion City Soundtrack @ Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park/Albany, NY Opening Acts: The Spill Canvas

Not the first time I've seen Motion City Soundtrack, but they were way better this time around than the last. This was part of their Commit this to Memory 10th Anniversary tour so of course, they played the entire album from beginning to end. I did get a chance to check out the Spill Canvas and I hate to say it but they weren't the best. I feel like even with age, Motion City Soundtrack is a band that is still making good music. Well written lyrics and good melodies (like "True Romance"! I've been on kind of a kick with that song). Here's the Minneapolis five piece playing "L.G. Fuad" for a little while.

July 29: Interpol @ Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park/Albany, NY
Opening Acts: Hundred Waters 

This was my first time seeing Interpol and I loved it! It was also another chance to check off a band off of my "must see live before they break up or retire" list. Interpol have been comeback kids lately, with their stellar album El Pintor from last year, which was also their first effort that did not have founding member and former bassist Carlos D's influence (who had a huge role in their songwriting). Surprisingly, they delivered a well executed, Interpol-esque album and it's what they mostly played at Upstate Concert Hall, which was expected. They also weren't afraid to throw in some Antics songs either - including "Evil", "Slow Hands" and "Take You on a Cruise"

Shows for August include: Laura Marling, NOFX and Beach House!
One more month to go! Summer has gone by so quick.

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