As you may know, I prefer live
concerts to the recorded medium. Some of this rankings are based
on a singular performance, while most get ranked due to the
combination of bands on the bill.
The Deathray Davies
and French Toast on 27.Mar.03 at The EARL. The Davies
played one of their usual brilliant shows, but the highlight
and revelation came from my first experience with DC's French
Toast. The combination of both bands left me humming and singing
The Possibilities and The High Strung on 3.May.03 at The
Engine Room. After an abortive show in Atlanta the previous
evening, both band pulled it together for this show in a somewhat
limited venue. The High Strung were amazing, showing how touring
has turned them into one of the tightest bands I've heard.
And for once the Possibilities showed off their skill and
musicianship to an extremely appreciative crowd.
11.Oct.03 at The Echo Lounge. It was great to see my old
stalwarts put on an excellent show. Mainly relying on older
material, the band rocked hard and kept the energy going.
Tijuana Hercules and Envie on 30.Aug.03 at The Star Bar.
In retrospect, this is still a strange bill. Both bands played
with a fierceness that impressed the audience and showed off
their different musical styles to best advantage.
The Karl Hendricks Trio on 29.Sept.03 at The Echo Lounge.
You weren't there. I know you weren't. How? Well there were
only 5 people in the audience, and Evil Sponge represented
three of them. Wonderful Wonderful show that turned into a
request-fest. And you missed it!
The Eskimos and The Fairburn Royals on 16.Jan.03 at The Star
Bar. I hadn't seen the Fairburn Royals prior to this concert,
but I was quickly converted to their poppy style. And The
Eskimos displayed their music to good advantage, despite some
sound issues. I may have been ill, but I forgot my fever while
both bands played.
MidStates on 21.Aug.03 at The EARL. Another band I hadn't
seen previously. I was expecting Space Rock, but instead I
got something else. It was reverb-y and rock-y and wonderfully
beautiful. I watched in awe as the band crossed musical styles
without apparently breaking a sweat.
Audio and Rizzudo on 15.Feb.03 at The EARL. I always loved
Moreland Audio. It's not normally my thing, but the sheer
talent and interplay of the band can't be denied. Furthermore,
I was utterly impressed by the changes and improvement in
Centre and Teen
Wheat on 23.Oct.03 at Lenny's. A show which I was glad
to attend. Teen Wheat was solidly punky and fun, but Centre
was a revelation, as they played tightly structured yet seemingly
effortless instrumental math rock.
Octopus Project on 17.July.03 at The Echo Lounge. This band
put on an utterly amazing show that very few people saw. The
music is loud and a little abrasive, but underneath it all,
it's all catchy and interesting and different.