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TVD Live: Tori Amos
at DAR, 12/5

Paired with gorgeous background lighting and a group of string players, Tori Amos brought the dramatic flair she’s known for to DAR on Monday. From her choice of clothing, to her simultaneous playing of piano and keyboard, to the pauses between lines in a song, Amos put even Gloria Swanson to shame.

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TVD Live: The Postelles with The Dig, 6/11 at Red Palace

The Postelles are an NY-based quartet whose songs proudly wear the band’s influences on their collective sleeve. A mixture of early Elvis Costello, doo-wop harmonies, and Motown, the Postelles’ live show is so uptempo that even the coolest cool kid can’t resist the urge to dance. And with the inclusion of choice cover songs like Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World” (which they did on Saturday night during their headlining set at the Red Palace) or The Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat” (which they’ve done in past shows), why wouldn’t you succumb to the urge to dance?

Thankfully, with the Red Palace’s upstairs renovations, the venue now has the room for joyous mayhem like this to ensue, and the crowd on Saturday night definitely took full advantage.

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TVD Live: The Whigs
at the 9:30 Club, 4/9

The raw power that comes from the stage when The Whigs play live is continually astounding. It’s not from the volume, though they do play loud, it’s more from the giddy amazement that such a tidal wave of sound can come from just three people.

Their stop at the 9:30 Club on Friday night on the “Converse Get Out of the Garage Music Tour” was no exception. The band jammed their set full of goodies from all three of their full-length records (“Give Em a All a Big Fat Lip,” “Mission Control,” and “In the Dark”) as well as some new tracks from their upcoming fourth.

The new songs are pretty great, resembling less of that ominous, stripped down sound on “In the Dark,” and more of a visceral explosion of that drum/bass backbeat more consistently displayed on the others. If the whole record is on par with those new songs, it will make record of the year lists far and wide.

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TVD’s "Hey, how was that? | The Posies w/Brendan Benson at the 9:30 (11/17)

Given the number and frequency of our ticket giveaways, I’ve often felt remiss that after a week or so of a build up, there’s been scant follow through here—most likely stemming from not wanting to be just another review and photo site.

But if you’ve ever wondered, “Hey, how was that?” we’ll try from time to time to provide some documentation.

This time, we’ve sent our friend and intrepid photographer, Erica Bruce over to The Posies show last week at the 9:30:

Alex Chilton was said to be rather cantankerous, but it’s fair to say his ghost was smiling brightly on the 930 Club last week. His old Big Star bandmates, The Posies and their catchy power pop stylings were in town Wednesday night with another Big Star-influenced performer, Brendan Benson. The Posies, brought their usual energetic and interactive live set in support of their latest release, BLOOD/CANDYand supported Benson as his backing band.

Power pop bands should never travel far without a little Big Star, so it was nice to hear Benson, and Posies guitarists/vocalists Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer deliver a mighty fine version of “September Gurls” during Benson’s encore. In the wrong hands, power pop can be schmaltzy and ear-cringing. But when it’s done right—as was the case Wednesday night—it showcases how, in the right hands, you can be reminded of all the reasons you love music.


Check out the full set right here.

 

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