So tired. weird day. super hot. highilghts: [I'll add pictures later]
Pipettes @ Fader/Levi's Fort -- super cute, great voices -- not ready for mainstream
Foreign Islands @ the Fort -- amazingly tight, new york downtown raw indie rock
Schubas party @ Yard Dog -- hoped to see Cold War Kids; more or less hung with friends
PETER BJORN & JOHN @ Rhapsody's soiree @ Mohawk -- first, this new club down by the legendary Club DeVille is a fantastic setting for live music. With a huge indoor space and a great wooden deck. PB&J came on late so I only caught five songs before I had to leave but they finally lived up to their hype. Word was their shows in NY weren't so on fire, but this set ruled.
Uchi Sushi -- some of the best raw fish I've ever had.
Mika @ Eternal -- this young British troubadour lives up to the buzz surrounding him back home. His vocals were so crisp and pure that you almost had to question if it was really him singing live (it was) or if he was lip syncing (he wasn't). I chatted with him after the set and he complained that everything that could go wrong did. The sound was off. His drummer couldn't hear his monitors. I assured him that he was great and that we had no idea they were having issues. He is definitely a showman but needs more practice in front of a live audience. This was actually his third-ever show in the US.
Bloc Party @ Stubb's -- as always Bloc Party brought it, but again, chatting with Kele afterward at the C3/Playboy party, he said he didn't really love it. Something about the venue makes it difficult for him to connect with the audience. But instead of brooding over it, Kele said, "You play the show and then move on." At least he can let it go.
Ghostland Observatory @ Playboy Party -- Not sure what the deal is with this big Austin buzz electronic outfit, but honestly I found them pretty snoozy.
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