Teen Daze, White Arrows, Beat Connection at TT the Bears 7-06-12

When I heard that Teen Daze was coming to the Boston area, I had to make sure I was there, especially since his “Teen Dreams” album is one of my favorite EP’s ever. I arrived at TT the Bears way too early, so I explored Central Square for a while to kill some time, since I’m usually only there to see shows. I went back at TT’s which was sadly, pretty empty, just as Teen Daze started his set.

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Vancouver’s Teen Daze, hunched over a laptop and mixer, played a pretty mellow but somewhat dancey set with thumping beats. There was a small crowd gathered at the front of the stage to watch him, some bopping around to the music. They were pretty attentive, with the exception of the very loud and obnoxious couple standing in front of me. It was a pretty good set, but way too short.

At this point, I grabbed my first beer of the night, an Allagash White and waited for the next band, White Arrows to go on.

White Arrows, who come from L.A., played indie rock with some electronics thrown in and reminded me a bit of The Strokes. At one point, they did a really cool cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”. I had never heard of these guys until this show and ended up really liking them.

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Time to order another beer, which was unknown due to 1, tasting different than the Allagash I had asked for, and 2, the change given back was different than the first time. Either way, it wasn’t very good and I wish I knew what it was so that it can never be ordered again.

The last band of the night was Beat Connection, who are from my beloved Seattle. At this point, there was a pretty good sized crowd and they seemed really into the band. Beat Connection played a set of electro pop with a bit of a tropical feel and everyone seemed to be feeling it. I don’t think that there was a single person standing still.

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The band came back out for an encore, which I captured in the video below:

Overall it was a fun night of dance music that progressively built up as the night went on. I was happy have been able to meet Teen Daze who was not only an incredibly nice guy, but very appreciative and his new CD “All Of Us, Together” is really good! Props to all of the bands for making themselves available at their merch tables as well. I would highly recommend seeing any of these bands if you get the chance. You won’t regret it!

The Dismemberment Plan Announce Live Album!

The Dismemberment Plan have announced their first live album ever! Recorded in Tokyo during their 2011 trip through Japan. If you caught any of their tour last year and earlier this year, then you know how awesome this will be, even if it is missing my favorite D-plan track “The First Anniversary of Your Last Phone Call“.

The 23 track album is due to be released on June 1st.

Track listing:

01 Spider in the Snow
02 A Life of Possibilities
03 The Face of the Earth
04 Sentimental Man
05 You Are Invited
06 Bra
07 What Do You Want Me to Say
08 Pay for the Piano
09 Memory Machine
10 Time Bomb
11 If I Don’t Write
12 Following Through
13 The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich
14 Do the Standing Still
15 Girl O’Clock
16 The City
17 I Love a Magician
18 OK Joke’s Over
19 Ellen and Ben
20 Gyroscope
21 The Ice of Boston
22 That’s When the Party Started
23 Back and Forth

Concert Review: Whore Paint, Tinsel Teeth, Arab on Radar at AS220 in Providence, RI 07-03-2010

When I heard that Providence’s own Arab on Radar were reuniting for a tour *and* playing at one of my favorite venues (which was practically a second home to me during a rough time), AS220, I absolutely had to be there! After waiting in a line that looked longer than it actually was, I finally got in and proceeded to go straight to the bar for a Harpoon UFO while waiting for the first band of the night, Whore Paint, to go on.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this band, which features members of some other great Providence bands: Teenage Waistband, Made in Mexico, and Arcing.

They definitely came through and sounded great! I would love to get an EP or something when/if they release one. My only complaint was the Nathan Explosion wannabe in the crowd that was whipping his hair around, hitting both me and some girl standing next to me.

Up next was Tinsel Teeth, a band I have seen a couple of times before and are always interesting. In the tradition of Lightning Bolt, they played on the floor instead of the stage. There was lots of noise, blood, and nakedness. I couldn’t get a good view from where I was standing, but judging by how crazy the crowd went and the size of the mosh pit, everyone was digging it.

The night’s headliner, Arab on Radar came onstage to a sold out hometown crowd that went crazy! When the first song started, the mosh pits began and continued through the whole set. No time was wasted as the band quickly went from song to song. They still sound great and seemed to be loving every second of playing in front of this Providence crowd!

This was an amazing night of noise, rock, beers, and general fun. These are the kind of shows that seem near impossible to find in Boston, but if they exist, I’d appreciate it if someone could tell me where. Otherwise, I’m going to have to move back to Providence (and that wouldn’t be a bad thing!).