Wednesday, June 17, 2009
stumbling through the city with the ordinary birds



I probably should have been tipped off earlier by the airplane on the show flier, but yesterday someone let me in on the secret that was the "very special guest" at the Ladyhawk/Lightning Dust show down at the Lifetime space down on 5th Ave. And, as it turns out, it was one of my favourite bands. I was planning on taking it easy this week post-Music Waste, but I sure as hell wasn't going to miss the Cons.

Lightning Dust opened the show. It was actually my first time checking them out live. Unsurprisingly, Amber Webber's vocals take centre stage, but unlike in Black Mountain, she's a little less Grace Slick, though that may be a product off the backing tracks. Everyone's used to hearing her wail over big, psychedelic riffs, but Lightning Dust sees her crooning (still) 70's style over folkier arrangements.

Ladyhawk are still one of my favourite live acts and they didn't disappoint. They did, however, play a set that featured almost entirely new material. Would I have liked to hear "the Dugout" and "Faces of Death?" Yeah. But I'm even more psyched on the next record now.

The Cons played a set pretty similar to what they turned out last time I saw them (when they opened for the Weakerthans), but they were playing in a place the fraction of the size. It was probably 7 or 8 years ago the first time I saw them and I don't think I've ever seen them somewhere this small before, so, as you can imagine, it was a pretty big deal for me.

If you're looking for something to do tonight, Modern Creatures, Hard Feelings, and Vapid are at the Railway tonight.

Violet Flame Meditation, Fancie, Fanshaw, and Prophecy Sun are at Hoko's on July 18th.

now playing: No Age - Teen Creeps

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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
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