My Latest Novel at SxSW, 17 Match 2007
Despite my utter confusion over their name (I keep getting this band mixed up with any number of others which have names beginning with "My"), this performance some of the most utterly beautiful music of 2007. Add in a sense of humor, and an adorable little xylophone, and this may have been the single best performance I saw in all of 2007.
The High Strung at SxSW, 17 March 2007
I haven't seen The High Strung in several years, but their showcase at SxSW reaffirmed my enjoyment of both the music and energy of this band. Less epic live than on record, they nevertheless know how to work with their audience, and their intensity caught the notice of all comers.
+/- and Say Hi to Your Mom at the EARL, 27 March 2007
I missed +/- at SxSW, but I know I really enjoyed their performance on my home stomping grounds. Furthermore, unlike their last few Atlanta trips, people turned out to see them breeze through a set similar to what I've heard before. It doesn't matter, as I think they could do show tunes and still make them sound interesting. Likewise, Say Hi to Your Mom was a total surprise, as they played catchy Indie Rock with clever and funny song titles/lyrics. Think the Deathray Davies with a slightly nerdy air.
Luigi/The Jupiter Watts/Parade at Lennys, 11 May 2007
I'm not sure that any one performance on this evening was brilliant. Nevertheless it was my birthday, and everyone played well and I had a rollicking good time.
Club Awesome at the EARL, 26 May 2007
Club Awesome sometimes brings a pool to their shows. They brought one to this one. When we arrived at the EARL, someone had written up on the announcement board, "Worst Idea Ever". I don't think so. Club Awesome played their usual show, but the highlight was watching various EARL staff member flop into the pool, sending waves of water over people in the crowd.
The Rosebuds & Beat the Devil at the EARL, 23 June 2007
The Rosebuds always put on a great show which gets the crowd dancing and singing. Not surprisingly, they did the same on this night. But the revelation was Beat the Devil, who managed to be moodily pretty and interesting all at the same time.
Elevado at Corndogorama Day 2, 14 July 2007
Elevado are a local Atlanta band who are really, really hard to describe. I stood in a darkened Lennys when the band came out and felt that the dimness of the club highlighted their maelstrom of a sound. The music was loud enough to envelop you and draw you into the deep thudding of their vaguely jazz-influenced electronic base. Very nicely done.
Tenth to the Moon at Corndogorama
Day 3, 15 July 2007
This may not have been the chaotic event we saw later
in the year at The Other Sounds festival, hHowever, on this afternoon,
Tenth to the Moon was positively approachable, playing tunes filled with
rhythmic beats and low end thudding. Both intense and loud, this was the
performance they reiterated how talented the members are to pull off their
wide variety of sounds.
Day One, Other Sounds Festival at the Drunken Unicorn, 6 Sept 2007
Yes, it was an early night. Yes, everyone played a short-ish set. By the combination of Envie, Mary O. Harrison, Pistolero, and Moresight was thrilling, as each band showed off their different sound. Beyond that, the look on PostLibyan's face when he saw the drummer of Moresight dressed as a "half-naked rabbi" was totally priceless.
Silent Kids at Other Sounds Day 3, 8 Sept 2007
I like the Silent Kids. I like their new-ish music. They don't play around much, and I believe on this evening they didn't play anything that they have previous released. Great set, with a nervous quickness that seemed to shove everything forward.
The Yum Yum Tree/Orphins/ Jupiter Watts at the Star Bar, 28 September 2007
Just another great local show, wherein Jupiter Watts started things off strongly. Then The Orphins, proving that they are back at the top of their sound, set the bar higher. And finally The Yum Yum Tree brought the house down (albeit not literally) for their album release.
Great Northern at the EARL, 26 October 2007
I didn't know too much about this band when I went to the show. So I was really really surprised and taken by the soaring coldness of Great Northern's music. They were utterly brilliant, and should tour with My Latest Novel (see above). I think they'd sound amazing together.