Monday, May 21, 2007
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No, Billy Corgan hasn't regrown his hair. That is, in fact, Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance via the video screen at TBird Stadium. Thanks to my own curiosity and my friend Shea hooking us up with some free passes to VFest, I found myself braving the rain tonight to check out the emo juggernauts.

Despite major fawning by everyone from Spin to Stylus, my expectations were still quite low, based on my tendency to want to smash the radio whenever "Welcome to the Black Parade" comes on. That being said, I tried to go in with an open mind. And you know what? They weren't half bad.

I'm not going to run out for a copy of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm still going to want to turn the radio dial as fast as possible when "Welcome to the Black Parade" comes on. That being said, while I'm not a fan of the music - credit where credit is due - they're great performers. And honestly, sometimes when I find myself watching some critically "respectable" band who stares at their shoes and looks like it would be criminal to look the least bit excited, I could settle for a drop in music quality in exchange for a little glitz. Speaking of glitz, I'm also happy to see that the grande rock n roll tradition of shooting fire three stories in the air and blowing stuff up hasn't yet been lost.

It was also sort of nice to be in a crowd where the majority of people were both a) having a good time and b) not just having a good time because they were blitzed (although, there were definitely some people who were).

For the record, I have no idea what a "cancer bat" is, but I feel bad for the person who repeatedly texted the screen about losing their wallet.

Round two of the fest runs tomorrow, with some bands whose music I actually quite enjoy.

If you are heading down tomorrow, and you were hoping for some more arena rock size glamour via the Killers, you might be disappointed. Word on the street is that Brandon Flowers' throat injury is iffy for tomorrow. I am hoping that they grab some last minute headliner a la BSS stepping in for Massive Attack in TO last year, but I'm sure anything of that sort is a longshot.

Adjective, Dead Film Stars, the Ludvico Treatment, and It's a Living Thing are at the Lamp on June 13th.

now playing: Manic Street Preachers (feat. Nina Persson) - Your Love Alone is Not Enough

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2/8 Twin Sister, Eleanor Friedberger, and Ava Luna @ the Media Club
2/9 David Choi @ the Rio
2/10 Secret Chiefs 3 and Dengue Fever @ the Rickshaw
2/13 White Buffalo @ the Media Club
2/14 The Ballyntines and Pleasure Cruise (TT) @ the Biltmore
2/18 Grimes w/Born Gold @ Fortune (early)
2/18 Cruel Young Heart, Young Liars, the Oh Wells, and Matiation @ the Dodson Rooms (AA)
2/18 Cursive w/UME @the Media Club
2/19 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour w/Vacationer @ Venue
2/20 Veronica Falls w/Bleached @ the Media Club
2/26 DJ Krush @ Fortune
2/29 Trevor Hall @ the Media Club
3/6 Slow Club w/Signals @ the Media Club
3/7 Cloud Nothings w/Mr. Dream @ the Media Clubr
3/8 Islands @ the Rio
3/10 Memoryhouse @ the Waldorf
3/17 William Fitzsimmons @ the Biltmore (early)
3/18 Magnetic Fields @ the Vogue (AA)
3/21 Plants & Animals>/b> @ the Rickshaw
3/22 Drive-by Truckers @ the Commodore
3/23 White Rabbits @ the Biltmore
3/23 Loney Dear @ the Media Club
3/24 Sharon Van Etten and the War on Drugs @ the Biltmore (early)
3/25 Nada Surf and An Horse @ the Rickshaw
3/27 The Ting Tings @ the Commodore
4/5 House de Racket @ the Electric Owl
4/6 Chairlift w/Nite Jewel @ the Electric Owl
4/7 Heartless Bastards @ the Media Club
4/8 Metronomy @ Venue
4/8 Gotye @ the Vogue (AA)
4/9 Cults @ Venue
4/10 First Aid Kit @ Venue
4/10 Andrew Bird w/Laura Marling @ the Vogue (AA)
4/13 The Odds and the Grapes of Wrath @ the Rickshaw
4/14 The Joel Plaskett Emergency @ the Vogue (AA)
4/24 School of Seven Bells w/Exitmusic @ the Electric Owl
4/26 Justice @ the PNE Forum (AA)
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4/27 Yukon Blonde @ the Commodore
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5/9 Yann Tiersen @ the Rickshaw
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