I guess a crappy PFork rating still carries some cachet, because despite the fact that the similar sounds of Cut Copy and Simian Mobile Disco packed people into Richard's, it was pretty empty for Does it Offend You, Yeah? last night, which is a shame, because they were pretty good live.
I went in expecting a couple of dudes with some laptops/sequencers/etc, but the foursome rock a fairly traditional set up of guitar/bass/drums/keys. It took a bit of the sheen off of their songs, but frankly, I find really precisely performed dance music a bit sterile at times, so dirtying things up a bit was fine with me. The only song that was a bit lacking due to the live set-up was "Let's Make Out." The band are pretty ace as showmen, but none of them do a very good Sebastian Grainger (who sings on the studio version). The "encore" cover of "Whip It" made up for that though.
Yo Majesty were only 2/3rds strong (Jwl B got denied at the border), but Shunda K and her DJ (whose name unfortunately escapes me right now) killed it. A lot of times no frills rap shows can leave a lot to be desired, but even a shorthanded Yo Majesty absolutely slayed. If they come back, make sure you show up, because they deserve to perform for a packed house.
As a side note, after the show, a friend of mine was buying a bargain $10 shirt, when he noted to Shunda that he'd "pay at least double for this shirt." Her reply: "I'm from the ghetto, man. I'm not going to charge you $20 for a t-shirt." That, my friends, is truly keeping it real. Think about that when you're scoping out Jay-Z and Nas merch this summer. For the record, it's a pretty sick t-shirt at any price.
And here are some show announcements, minus hyperlinks, because I have to run:
If you're looking for something to do tonight, Run GMC and Lions in the Street are at the Plaza.
On July 24th, No Age is at Richard's with Abe Vigoda and Mika Miko. Forget about that Girl Talk show now.
And Bison, Spread Eagle, and the Death Rays are at the Astoria on May 24th.
My friend and I thought the show was great too - thanks again for the tickets!
Appears not to be too well-publicized, but DFA's "Hold On" masterminds Holy Ghost! are at Republic this Thursday (the 15th).
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