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Concert Review: Ladytron with VHS or Beta, October 4, The Vic Theatre, Chicago

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So, Tuesday evening rolls around…what should we do?  Well, we like VHS or Beta quite a lot, and Ladytron has some good stuff…why not go check out their concert.  Sure, sounds like a plan. Quite the thought process, but that was essentially the conversation between me and my wife on Tuesday night. To tell you the truth, I was quite excited.  I really enjoyed VHS or Beta’s last album (Bring on the Comets), and knew they had some new material.  …

Concert Review: Matthew Good, March 24, 2010, Double Door, Chicago

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This was a show I wanted to see out of pure nostalgia, and is the first real concert I have seen since moving to Chicago last fall. The nostalgia has its source from a show that the Matthew Good Band played at Red’s in Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall…somewhere around 10 years ago (now I feel old).  The band entered to the Imperial March, and then stayed after the show to sign posters/t-shirts/cds etc.  I think I still have a signed …

Concert Review: Metric, 9:30 Club DC, June 18, 2009

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It is not very often that you go to a show and leave not really knowing what you thought of it.  Last Thursday, Metric played a concert like that at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, mainly covering tracks from their latest album, “Fantasies”. On the one hand, Metric has clearly grown as a band since the last time I saw them play at the 9:30 Club about 3 years ago. Metric’s popularity in the US has undoubtedly expanded and …

Concert Review: Bloc Party with Longwave, March 22, 2009 9:30 Club DC

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Washington DC- This concert review is a tale of two parts, since I’ve decided to offer a review of the opening band as well. Part 1: Longwave My first impression upon arriving at the 9:30 Club: Rarely have I seen a venue so full for an opening band…this bodes well for the show. And Longwave did not disappoint. The band, recently returning from a 3-year hiatus, played an up-tempo set featuring songs from their new album “Secrets are Sinister”. With …