Joywave 10/20/15

(a) setlist

  1. Destruction
  2. Carry Me
  3. In Clover
  4. Feels Like a Lie
  5. True Grit
  6. Now
  7. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
  8. Nice House
  9. Golden State
  10. Ridge
  11. Parade
  12. Traveling at the Speed of Light
  13. Bad Dreams (w/ Mikaela Davis on harp lead-in instrumental)
  14. Somebody New
  15. Life in a Bubble I Blew
  16. Tongues
  17. Destruction

(b) highlights

  • this felt like perhaps the first Joywave headlining show where they really got to dictate the show; they weren’t opening for anyone, they were fully independent and self-sufficiently awesome
  • they played “Golden State”!! it’s my favorite deep cut from their first EP Koda Vista and I was beyond psyched to see that live
  • the crowd was surprisingly into it the entire time, regardless of being overwhelmingly male – a fact true only for this particular Joywave show, I’ve found
  • loved that the band mentioned having extra money in their budget from the label, which led to them purchasing like a 10-foot tall blow-up replica of their keyboardist Ben Bailey – classiccccc
  • the band did the classic Joywave move of playing only half of “Tongues” before jumping into a second performance of “Destruction” – alright, alright you got me

(c) lowlights

  • could we have at least finished “Tongues” before going into “Destruction” twice? yes, yes we could have

(d) overall thoughts

Undeniably, this show was fun from beginning to end. It truly felt like Joywave was throwing a party and invited all their best friends to hang out. Their CultCo labelmates Kopps opened and they, like Joywave, are fun but in a strangely unique way. My friends and I were in the front row and the night was very much an intimate celebration of Joywave’s success.

The high-energy set kept the room consistently alive as the band relentlessly drove through both the newer hits and the older deep cuts. The band’s self-aware banter and aggressive dancing felt refreshing and exciting, like we were all apart of the band’s growing history. They’re very much a band that understands the notion of performance; every show feels like you’re watching them at a very timely and important moment in their career. It feels like they’re honestly on the verge of blowing up in the music world in a real way. I hope that happens – not only to feel like I was part of a band’s rise but really because they deserve it. Joywave works hard to win audience’s over and I’ll always appreciate that.

As previously mentioned, in classic Joywave manner, the band stopped probably their biggest hit to date, “Tongues” and ended the set with a second performance of “Destruction.” It was funny, I appreciated the sentiment, and it was additionally super cool that that performance ended being heavily featured in their tour music video for “Destruction” (which my friends and I are in!), but…I really wanted to hear all of “Tongues,” guys! Ah, well.

Bottom line: Joywave are fun and talented, and damn, do they know it. They screw around with the crowd at the crowd’s expense quite a bit, but I appreciate that they take risks and never, never bore me.

Joywave 10/13/15

(a) setlist

  1. Destruction
  2. Carry Me
  3. In Clover
  4. Feels Like a Lie
  5. Now
  6. Nice House
  7. Parade
  8. Traveling at the Speed of Light
  9. Bad Dreams

Encore:

  1. Somebody New
  2. Tongues

(b) highlights

  • this was a CMJ Festival show and the lineup was pretty good – I love going to this fest every fall in New York; it’s really not something to be missed
  • loved the setlist – at this point, the band felt the most full-bodied they’d ever been
  • really solid crowd interaction throughout
  • nabbed the setlist at the end of the show, which was cool – it still hangs in my bedroom today
  • I know some acts would disagree with me, I genuinely like Brooklyn Bowl as a concert venue – yeah so people are bowling like 20 feet away, but isn’t that sort of DIY awesome? (yeah, it’s not DIY at all and very ‘Brooklyn’ but whatever)

(c) lowlights

  • nothing comes to mind

(d) overall thoughts

The CMJ Festival is a cool, week-long shindig that takes places in and around various venues across NYC and Brooklyn in October. Super small and local bands will play, but bigger acts as well. I was super happy to hear Joywave would be headlining that night – their agency was putting on a last-minute event with them at the top of the bill and I was so into it.

I had seen Joywave many times before this, but this was the most present and confident they had felt to me. It was right around this time that “Somebody New” and its accompanying music video came out, and they were gaining more and more traction following the heels of “Tongues” and its success. Their growing popularity made them better performers, yes, but it also brought a bit of self-importance. They’re strangely self-aware of that self-importance, which makes the whole meta-awareness of their band more interesting, but also more complicated. Anyone who has experienced their social media or live show would probably confirm having a similar experience of the band.

Regardless of any of that, the band killed, the crowd was into it, and I didn’t mind too much that they seem to simultaneously actively dislike their own audience while also wanting our approval. I think Joywave makes solid, interesting, and memorable music and I’m eager to hear anything new they come out with soon.

 

Bottom line: Joywave is fun, CMJ shows are always a neat look into where the music scene might be heading in the future, and there’s nothing wrong with playing a rock show next to people bowling, okay.

Other Lives 10/10/15

(a) setlist

Act 1: Desert

  1. New Fog
  2. Tamer Animals
  3. Desert
  4. No Trouble
  5. As I Lay My Head Down
  6. Dark Horse
  7. Easy Way Out

Act 2: Dustbowl

  1. Dustbowl III
  2. Weather
  3. Landforms
  4. For 12
  5. For the Last
  6. Need a Line

Act 3: Space

  1. 2 Pyramids
  2. Pattern
  3. Untitled
  4. Black Tables
  5. Reconfiguration
  6. Ritual

(b) highlights

  • the whole conception of the show was freaking cool – BAM is a bomb ass venue and I wish more bands did exactly what Other Lives did with this performance
  • cannot underscore enough how awesome the visuals were
  • the acoustics of the venue were out of control great
  • Other Lives’ material was perfectly intertwined with the stage production; such a beautiful experience

(c) lowlights

  • none – it was amazing

(d) overall thoughts

Other Lives are a freaking cool band and, somehow, they put on a full-stage production of their entire discography at BAM, aka the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is a gorgeous seated theatre. I’m not sure how the band decided to put together this performance, but thematically, it allowed them to pay tribute to their vast collection of music and tell a visual narrative that was equal parts moving and entertaining.

The show began with a desert theme – an idea I’ve always connected to, being from the west coast – and the stage production depicted this so well. With sandy dunes and setting suns, the stage had physical moving parts that really brought the music alive. I’ve always greatly appreciated Other Lives’ use of strings and horns, but their display here really brought their quintessential sound to the next level. I didn’t even mind that we were all sitting for it. It still worked.

The Dustbowl act was really cool too, because I know the band is from Oklahoma, so it felt like getting a unique insight into their home in a Steinbeck-by-way-of-Brooklyn sort of way. The final act devoted to other worldly space was exceptionally beautiful and really wrapped up the narrative nicely. The whole show was so beautiful and difficult to explain, but I think the best experiences are sometimes.

Bottom line: Other Lives put on one of the most unique and beautiful performances I’d ever seen; it desperately made me wish more bands combined their music with traditional theatre and stage productions. It was quite unforgettable.

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Photo by David Guame

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Photo by the New York Times

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Photo by Village Voice

 

The Cribs 9/22/15

(a) setlist

    1. Mirror Kissers
    2. Different Angle
    3. Come On, Be a No-One
    4. An Ivory Hand
    5. You Were Always The One
    6. Another Number
    7. Our Bovine Public
    8. Moving Pictures
    9. Back to the Bolthole
    10. Hey Scenesters!
    11. Anna
    12. Burning For No-One
    13. Be Safe
    14. Summer of Chances
    15. I’m a Realist
    16. Men’s Needs
    17. Pink Snow

(b) highlights

  • dude, they played “Be Safe”!!! how cool is that?? such a unique and different type of track, I never thought I’d see them play that one
  • I don’t remember if it was Gary or Ryan, but one of them had just broken a part of his hand that required him to be on painkillers all night which made for EXCELLENT stage banter
  • It was Ross’ birthday, so the whole crowd sang for him, which was cute

(c) lowlights

  • Brooklyn crowds are the WORSTTTTTT
  • this dumb as nails 17-year-old boy ran on-stage only to jump off into the crowd except he didn’t fall into the crowd, he just fell on ME and knocked my glasses off and the entire affair ended with me yelling at an underage boy, “I WILL MURDER YOU”
  • the Music Hall of Williamsburg has pretty garbage sound despite its name, and there were a couple of pockets of dead sound where I couldn’t hear Gary or couldn’t hear Ryan – it was annoying

(d) overall thoughts

Even though this wasn’t my favorite Cribs show ever, there were definite highlights. They were towards the end of their tour and noticeably more tired than usual, but they still put on a killer set. They played all my favorite songs and unexpectedly featured “Be Safe” right after we all sang Happy Birthday to drummer baby brother Ross. They used a drop-down projection screen to accompany the spoken-word background of the song, which was super cool and something I never thought I’d see. It’s nice when a band you love can still surprise you.

The crowd, like many Brooklyn shows I’ve been to, was weak as hell and had a bit of an attitude. Gary even mentioned that people were “allowed to dance” and, as a transplant New Yorker himself, said that he too “will go out and dance at shows.” Like, how guilty do you feel when a punkish British dude is giving you shit for not moving at his show? People loved the classics like “Mirror Kissers” and “Hey Scenesters!” but it would’ve been cool if they moved more in general. I particularly adored the final three in the set, especially “I’m a Realist” and “Men’s Needs,” which always takes me back to 2007 when I first saw them in LA. It’s pretty freaking cool to love a band that long when they’re still touring altogether and consistently putting out great music. That really isn’t as common anymore.

Bottom line: Brooklyn crowds freaking suck, but the Jarman Bros. definitely don’t.

The Killers 9/20/15

(a) setlist

    1. Mr. Brightside
    2. Spaceman
    3. The Way It Was
    4. Smile Like You Mean It
    5. Bling (Confession of a King)
    6. Human
    7. Somebody Told Me
    8. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
    9. Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
    10. For Reasons Unknown
    11. From Here On Out
    12. A Dustland Fairytale
    13. Read My Mind
    14. Runaways
    15. All These Things That I’ve Done

Encore:

  1. This Is Your Life
  2. When You Were Young

(b) highlights

  • just being at the festival when I had no idea I was even going until like 4 days before
  • being in VIP and not having to stand at the barricade all damn day like I have for literally every other festival The Killers have ever played
  • “This Is Your Life” – the accidental incredible song from the otherwise lukewarm Day & Age that always totally kills live
  • the environment of the festival was awesome – breezy, by the beach, great food, fun atmosphere
  • RVJ, Dave’s outfit, and seeing Mark’s elbows
  • Brandon pretending like he understood football and wearing a Chargers jersey for the encore
  • the use of the jumbotron behind the band – I could get used to seeing all their faces that big all the time coming into my view

(c) lowlights

  • the VIP crowd was a w f u l; you know you’re bad when BFlow even calls you out mid-song for not dancing

(d) overall thoughts

 

Didn’t even know there was a music festival in San Diego called Kaaboo until The Killers were headlining. To be honest, I’m pretty sure there wasn’t even a music festival in San Diego called Kaaboo until The Killers were headlining it. The whole festival was practically right on the beach, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, and it was beautiful. My friends and I got stupid lucky with VIP tickets and didn’t have to wait all day in the sun – a true gift after a decade of nearly getting heatstroke at some festival for this band.

The set was usual, but the band was so, so alive and I felt so crazy happy being there. Despite the stage being huge and the band headlining, there was such an intimate feeling to the show. It could be that most of the crowd immediately around me and my friends were bored, unmoving, and, essentially, stupid rich people who didn’t care but watched the show anyway. But because they were stagnant idiots, they effectively disappeared. It felt like the band was on a massive stage with a tiny audience of the 20 or so people who had the best time ever. I remember when “This Is Your Life” began, I started yelling, “None of you boring, rich people deserve to hear this beautiful song!!!!”

Sometimes shows are super awesome when the crowd sucks and you have a great time anyway because the band sounds and looks so perfect.

Bottom line: Costume changes during encores are always a good idea and most rich people don’t know how to dance, but all Brandon Flowers wants is for you to dance, people. Just dance or he will be sassy.

The Killers 9/19/15

(a) setlist

    1. Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley cover)
    2. Under The Gun
    3. Spaceman
    4. The Way It Was
    5. Smile Like You Mean It
    6. Bling (Confession of a King)
    7. Human
    8. Somebody Told Me
    9. For Reasons Unknown
    10. From Here On Out
    11. A Dustland Fairytale
    12. Be Still
    13. Read My Mind
    14. Runaways
    15. All These Things That I’ve Done

Encore:

  1. Finding Out True Love Is Blind (Louis XIV cover) (w/ Brian Karscig)
  2. Uncle Jonny
  3. When You Were Young
  4. Mr. Brightside

(b) highlights

  • “Under The Gun,” holllyyyyy shiiiiitttttttt, we lost it
  • “Be Still” – much like the Atlantic City show earlier this year, Brandon dedicated this one to the fans who follow the band around and had really nice things to say; he waved his hands and pointed out the sections of people, which included me and my friends…the gesture meant a lot, to say the least
  • I first discovered Louis XIV in 2005, maybe 2006, because of The Killers and haven’t seen them in years (they broke up circa 2009, if I recall), so it was amazing getting to see Brandon sing “Finding Out True Love Is Blind” with Louis XIV’s guitarist and friend Brian Karscig (he also has a pretty awesome band named The Nervous Records, who opened for Big Talk a few months before this show); my friends and I had the time of our lives, total blast from the past moment seeing this live
  • but seriously, have you ever heard the lyrics to “Finding Out True Love Is Blind”?? those lines are diiiiirtttty, freaking loved hearing Schoolboy Flowers sing those
  • Ronnie Vannucci’s existence
  • “Uncle Jonny” is one of the best Killers songs, it’s criminally underrated, and they completely transform it live – it’s freaking next level
  • the entire show, to be honest – it felt so special, so wonderful, just…everything

(c) lowlights

  • just as the band started “From Here On Out,” Brandon said, “Hey!!! Do you guys still like ‘From Here On Out’????” and I flat out yelled, “BARELY!” Because I am on my last rope with that song, let’s retire this with our dancing shoes, Mr. Flowers. Let it go.

(d) overall thoughts

Every once in a while, you go to a show expecting to have fun, but something so much bigger happens. Somehow, unexpectedly, this show ended up being one of my favorite Killers shows ever. I wasn’t even supposed to go to this show; my friends and I super last-minute caught a cross-country flight using a zillion flight points and ended up at this small venue in San Diego to see our favorite band. It was super hot and we lied on the sidewalk for most of the day waiting in line and weren’t even in the front row (we were third row center!), but, man…that show was amazing.

The band had so much energy, the crowd had so much energy, and I genuinely never knew what song was coming next. Hearing “Under The Gun” live for the first time in – what, 7, 8, 9(?) years, was so emotional and wonderful. It was such a treat, such a gift, that I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. This show in particular was just full of so much joy and happiness and celebration. The band wasn’t touring for anything (this counted as a warm-up show for their Kaaboo Festival performance!), so the crowd was super hungry for them. Considering how, at this point, The Killers hadn’t put out a new album in three years, it felt natural that everyone’s hunger made the venue environment next level. The band seemed so happy and everyone was smiling and in their element. As if I needed reminding, this show really drove home how much I love The Killers and how happy they make me. You can’t forget some experiences like that. This one was one for the books.

 

Bottom line: I love that The Killers can still surprise me after a decade of waiting in line all damn day to see their asses play the same songs I’ve heard a hundred times; 11/10 would do this whole show 50 times over again because it was almost perfect.

Luxley 8/21/15

(a) setlist

(Don’t know! Setlist.fm doesn’t have any details and I’m not familiar with their discography. Had fun, though!)

(b) highlights

  • the lead singer came into the crowd and got people dancing – bold move for the first opener in a three-act show!
  • catchy songs, easy to dance to
  • Baby’s All Right is just such a great venue, will always see bands there, lighting is always top-notch, and the food is sweet

(c) lowlights

  • none!

(d) overall thoughts

Ended up at the show by accident – always a great beginning to a story. Luxley was the first act for a super long night of events and I caught them because a friend of mine was shooting them for an online feature. I didn’t know much about them when I got there, but I left feeling like those dudes knew how to dance.

Their set was short but memorable. The lead singer had a palpable stage presence and reminded me of a good combination of Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco and Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees. Luxley has an electro-pop sensibility that doesn’t feel trite or forgettable. I read that they opened for Bombay Bicycle Club a few years ago and hope they tour again with a few big bands so others can catch on. I’d be interested in catching them again sometime soon if only to watch everyone in that band dance.

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Bottom line: Luxley seem like they have room to grow, but I’m excited to watch them rise up; at the end of the day, successful dancey electro pop songs will get any room dancing and these dudes were definitely successful.

Bonus! I found this track, “Dance Baby” quite memorable:

Brandon Flowers 8/4/15

(a) setlist

    1. Dreams Come True
    2. Can’t Deny My Love
    3. Crossfire
    4. Magdalena
    5. Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts
    6. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (The Killers cover)
    7. Lonely Town
    8. Diggin’ Up The Heart
    9. Read My Mind (The Killers cover)
    10. Untangled Love
    11. The Way It’s Always Been
    12. Human (The Killers cover)
    13. Mr. Brightside (The Killers cover) (Jacques Lu Cont remix)

Encore:

  1. Heart of Gold (Buster Poindexter cover)
  2. I Can Change
  3. Still Want You
  4. Only The Young

(b) highlights

  • “Lonely Town” was the jaaaaaam
  • “Diggin’ Up The Heart” is the epitome of a song I hated so much after hearing it on the album, but somehow accidentally ended up loving and stupid-dancing to live, so that was cool
  • the most disco-y ball disco ball moment ever during “Only The Young”; super into it
  • watching the show from the balcony and away from everyone in the crowd
  • that one time that Brandon mentioned in between songs how he and Dave Keuning would put on makeup in someone’s car or whatever; 10/10 want to hear more stories like that
  • the one time Brandon mentioned talking to Ronnie Vannucci on the phone and I started screaming in the silent venue

(c) lowlights

  • why will you never play “Playing With Fire,” Brandon Flowers. why. why.
  • “Between Me & You” was my favorite song on Brandon’s new album, so he was sure to skip that at this show, but play it at every other show around this time
  • my name is Brandon Flowers and I will never play my best song ever live or even acknowledge its existence and it’s called “The Desired Effect”
  • 90% of Brandon’s backing band doesn’t know how to play their instruments
  • Terminal 5’s Terminal 5ness (not letting me bring in my camera, not offering bottled water, having crapy sound and security)

(d) overall thoughts

Like the last time I saw Brandon Flowers during his solo tour, I decided to remove myself from the pit and watch from the balcony, which I really, really liked. I was eager to catch BFlow on another go-around for his second solo album, The Desired Effect in hopes of hearing more deep cuts and a few of the songs I missed previously. That sort of happened and basically didn’t, but regardless, I had a great time.

Brandon brought out his usual star power and stage presence, which is interesting to watch when the rest of The Killers aren’t with him. I’m not the biggest fan of his back-up band and it’s mostly because I feel like they can’t keep up with him/the usual Killers’ fire, but – in a way – they make Brandon look better. He seemed very comfortable singing his new material and mixing it with his older songs and even the re-calibrated Killers’ songs. I sort of loved that Brandon introduced “Jenny” by having a quick audience poll over whether or not the narrator of the song was “guilty or innocent.” Like, how perfectly dorky and sweet and silly is that. Into it.

I feel like if anyone had wandered into the venue for the encore knowing nothing about Brandon or The Killers at all, even they couldn’t deny that those songs have power and strength and mean something to that crowd. I found myself strangely emotional during “Only The Young” (and not only because of the sweet ass disco ball action), almost realizing for the first time how poignant and beautiful that song is. It induced the feeling of watching a true late-night serenade in the moonlight, and that was such a unique experience. The crowd was so into the show, Brandon was engaging and only gave me secondhand embarrassment twice (a new low!), and it was impossible to not dance along with those hits

 

Bottom line: Whether singing about an idiot named Tony, a murder victim named Jenny, or climate change and debt, Brandon Flowers unabashedly cares and this solo performance reeked of fun, passion, and heart.

Albert Hammond Jr. w/ Gary Clark Jr. 5/21/16

(i) lineup

(1a) Albert Hammond Jr.
(2b) Gary Clark Jr.

(1a) (Albert’s) setlist

  1. Rude Customer
  2. 101
  3. Touche
  4. Carnal Cruise
  5. GfC
  6. Everyone Gets a Star
  7. Born Slippy
  8. Spooky Couch
  9. Losing Touch
  10. In Transit
  11. St. Justice
  12. Side Boob
  13. Coming to Getcha
  14. Holiday

(1b) highlights

  • Albert!!!! just seeing him makes me so happy, man
  • the setlist! (despite showing up a few songs late, ugh); walking to the venue, I said, “all I really want to hear are ‘Born Slippy,’ ‘Losing Touch,’ and ‘Side Boob’ – it’d be cool if he played those” AND THEN HE DID
  • the arrangement of the songs alone was on fire
  • this feels so stupid to say, but Albert actually sounds EXACTLY like he does on his albums; for the other Strokes’ members who have solo works…..they don’t.
  • everyone in his backing band is cool and doesn’t look bored; insane that this isn’t a typical thing but whatever

(1c) lowlights

  • doors opened way earlier than usual, I was running late because of work, and missed the first couple of songs, SO devastating

(1d) overall thoughts

I’ve been looking forward to seeing AHJ perform his third solo album Momentary Masters since it came out nearly a year ago! I missed the last time he came to NYC, so I was psyched to hear he’d be playing a double headlining set with Gary Clark Jr. at Webster Hall. I saw him perform once before opening for Jake Bugg and promoting his EP AHJ, and he killed it. I’ve loved all his work (honestly more than half the discography of The Strokes) since his practically perfect first solo album, Yours to Keep.

My favorite things about Albert’s work really comes down to how his songs are catchy as hell, all sounding very much like him but distinct from each other, have that shimmer-factor guitar rhythms and solos, sweet vocals, and lyrics with a lot of heart. This Webster Hall show really hammered down the fact that nearly every one of Albert’s tracks could be a single – you can’t help but sing along with all of them. His knack for writing melodies is just so top notch, almost unparalleled. The performance of his newer songs along with the older ones (some of those are 10 years old now, wtf???!) melded perfectly, and his stage presence really brought those tracks even more to life for me.

Bottom Line: Albert Hammond Jr. is the best member of the Strokes, and a quarter of his solo discography is better than 80% of the Strokes’ discography, and I’ll pretty much fight with anyone who disagrees. Also Julian Casablancas and his his Voidz side project is so embarrassing compared to this, like wow.

(2a) (Gary’s) setlist

    1. Bright Lights
    2. Travis County
    3. Next Door Neighbor Blues
    4. Our Love
    5. Cold Blooded
    6. BYOB
    7. Ain’t Messin ‘Round
    8. When My Train Pulls In
    9. Don’t Owe You a Thang
    10. Please Come Home
    11. You Saved Me
    12. Shake

Encore:

  1. Things Are Changin’
  2. Church
  3. Down to Ride
  4. Grinder

(2b) highlights

  • Gary is one hell of a guitarist, like FOR REAL
  • never really encountered GCJ or most of his discography, so it was cool going in blind and being impressed by him
  • really good stage presence

(2c) lowlights

  • some guitar solos can be too long…sacrilege, I know, but it’s true

(2d) overall thoughts

Didn’t know much about Gary Clark Jr. before seeing him, other than knowing he was a cool Southern black dude who plays bluesy-ass guitar super well. And that was pretty much it! In a good way. The crowd was super into him and his songs, which created a fun, positive environment.

He reminded me a little bit of a much-less-boring Ben Harper with elements of Jack White. When his songs were most focused on melody, the chorus, and his vocals, I was so on-board. Nearly every song, however, fell into that free-form jazzy-type that led to solos lasting minutes. It wasn’t too meandering most of the time – I quite enjoyed the bluesy aspect of it all, even if it isn’t quite my usual jam.

Bottom Line: Gary Clark Jr. is naturally super cool and can play the hell out of the guitar; he strikes me as a totally less awful and douchey version of John Mayer, but what do I know.

Big Talk 7/21/15

(a) setlist

  1. I’ve Been Sentimental Lately
  2. Neon’s Not Enough Light

(b) highlights

  • yoooooo, the babes killed it on live TV!!!
  • the dresses, the make-up, the hair, wow wow wow
  • Jimmy Kimmel is kind of hilarious and super cool talking to the audience during breaks
  • just being there! I got tickets super last minute (thx RVJ)
  • I’ve seen the Killers several times on Kimmel, but always outside, never actually in the studio so it was cool being in there

(c) lowlights

  • they should’ve played like 8 more songs, or 50 more, either one, whatever

(d) overall thoughts

TV performances can be annoying, or super cool – this was definitely the latter. Big Talk dressed in drag, Jimmy Kimmel was low-key hilarious, this was a solid freaking way to spend my vacation. Getting to be in the studio and watch both the aired and unaired performance was awesome. Love everything about this whole band and project and music, the end.

Bottom Line: Ronnie Vannucci is better than you.

I’ve Been Sentimental Lately:

Neon’s Not Enough Light: