FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS!
I don’t get out to see live music as often as I used to; children are wonderful, as well as exceedingly time-, energy-, and money-consuming. But live performance is where a song breathes.
So we’ll do a quick double-bill at home tonight, what do you guys think?
Night Beds, from Nashville, put on a good show. I can say that with confidence, since I actually managed to get out to see them recently, and it was a lovely evening.
Improbably-named lead singer Winston Yellen has a formidable set of pipes; his keening falsetto reminds me of Ryan Adams in full-on sad bastard mode (though he looks more like Billy Riggins). The band’s music was a sort of pillowy ambient country that reminded me a little of Japancakes. It was an appreciative and invested crowd; you could’ve heard a pin drop at those points when the musicians wanted you to.
At the other extreme, all-female UK band Savages have gained a reputation as a ferocious live act. I have not seen them play in person, but from watching this clip I can tell you that they are TIGHT (it’s apparent that they have put in a lot of practice hours), they play with passion, and they are clearly influenced by/emulating some of my favorite bands of all time – not just the Bunnymen/Banshees/Joy Division/early U2, but maybe even a pinch of Sleater-Kinney. Regarding their album Silence Yourself, I do wish there were more hooks in something so heavily-indebted, but maybe next record:
Seen (or played) any good shows recently?