Friday, June 24, 2005

Sleater-Kinney, Roseland Ballroom, 6/23/2005

I went to see Sleater-Kinney last night for about the 25th time and they never fail to amaze me. Corin was looking cute as ever in a leopard tank top that I couldn’t tell if it was attached to the black knee-length flow-y skirt or not. I miss her red hair though! Janet was uncharacteristically in a white sequined tank top (she always wears black). And Carrie of course was wearing a collared navy button down with small white polka dots while she jumped, kicked and danced around the stage.
They started off the show with the first song from the new album “The Fox” and totally brought the house down. Then they went on to “Wilderness” before they played “One More Hour” off of the “Dig Me Out” ep. The girls weren’t very talkative (not that they usually are, but sometimes) and all we got were a few “thank yous” and “it’s good to be back in NY.”
I’ve seen some of the set lists from recent shows and it seems like they played more songs & older songs at this show. S-K played most of “The Woods” including my current fave “Jumpers.” They also played a few songs off of “One Beat” like “Light-Rail Coyote,” “Sympathy” and the song about the twin towers, “Far Away.”
For the FIRST encore s-k played some song that I’ve never heard before, I think it was a cover and it was great because Janet started out singing then her & Corin sang the chorus, followed by Carrie singing, chorus and then Corin finishing it up! It was super-fantastic to hear them all sing a song like that :-) I’m so in love! <3
Then, S-K comes out for a SECOND encore, dedicates the song to Glen and starts ripping into the Danzig song “Mother.” I was dumbfounded and absolutely amazed at how awesome it was!! Good job girls! Of course at this point the two girls in front of me start making out and causing a scene while I’m trying to sing/dance and see the stage through the mess of people. (Luckily S-K fans are mostly on the shorter side). Anyway, the crowd was kind of young and I don’t think they appreciated the Danzig song like I did! Then the girls finished it up with “Words + Guitar,” an all-time concert ending crowd pleaser and the crowd went nuts! And, my concert tee was only $15… EAT THAT CLEAR CHANNEL!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Oasis/Jet, Madison Square Garden, 6/22/05

I went to go see the Oasis/Jet show at MSG last night with my friend Tom after getting ditched by my *date*. We have a trend of getting ridiculously drunk together and this night was no exception! I just bought the new Oasis cd and was not too impressed so I didn’t know what to expect of the guys. I saw Oasis once before in HS and they put on a good show, I’ve also seen Jet 3 times in the last year so I knew they were going to be good but I wasn’t looking forward to seeing them in an arena setting.
So I meet Tom at The Blarney Stone (where the bartenders have Irish accents!) and had a few drinks before heading over to MSG. Our seats were pretty good in the 100s section so that was a plus. We didn’t end up waiting too long before Jet came out starting the set with “Cold Hard Bitch.” Their set-up was cool with 3 huge posters of an angelic woman that changed colors with the lights. They played one song that I didn’t know and most of the *hits* from their album. As I expected, after being spoiled and seeing Jet in small venues it wasn’t the same to be a lone stander in a sea of chairs. And of course there were the lighters… The arena was still only about half full by the time they left the stage.
Oasis hit the stage after a pretty quick stage change. I’m pretty sure they opened with “Love One Another” or whatever that song is from the new album. (It’s so John Lennon so I understand but I just want to say, hello? you guys don’t even get along with each other!) Anyway, the new albums ROCKS when they played in live! Oasis definitely still has it and put on an amazing show! They played mostly songs from the new album and a few older songs like “What’s the Story Morning Glory.” Their backdrop on the stage was scattered Christmas light-type things that looked really cool. And the people next to us (we went up closer than our normal seats) let us squeeze in to the one empty seat next to them (I was half in the aisle) and toasted beers with us throughout the night. Cheers!
Tom lost his hoodie but it was all good.