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Photos: Elf Power @ Snug Harbor, 9/14/10 by Barbecue Bros
September 15, 2010, 9:40 pm
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Elf Power
Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set

Photos: Beach House/Washed Out, 5/1/10 by Barbecue Bros
May 6, 2010, 10:28 am
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Beach House @ Cat’s Cradle, 5/1/10, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Beach House/Washed Out
Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

The second show of a fun concert weekend in RDU. During Washed Out’s brief set, he tried to get the crowd into it as much as he could, even asking people to sing “the easiest chorus ever” to “New Theory” – “Da da da da da daaa” – while his white boy dancing came off as endearing. Beach House were awesome and smokey and nearly every one of their songs off Teen Dream came off as anthems in the small club setting. Really fun show.

More photos from the show:

Washed Out

Beach House

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set

Next up: Possibly Free Energy and The Miniature Tigers at Snug Harbor on 6/2 but if not, then Bonnaroo 2010(!!) from 6/10-6/13

Photos: Roman Candle/The Ravenna Colt, 4/15/10 by Barbecue Bros
April 20, 2010, 11:05 am
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The Ravenna Colt @ The Evening Muse, 4/15/10, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Roman Candle/The Ravenna Colt
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

I was mainly at The Evening Muse the night of tax day to check out The Ravenna Colt, but were also interested in checking out North Carolina band Roman Candle. Unfortunately, the rhythm section of The Ravenna Colt didn’t make it to this show (they apparently would be joining back for the rest of the tour), so it wasn’t a true representation of the band’s sound. However, the songs still sounded good, if a bit too stripped down. Roman Candle were fun and upbeat, though it was a shame that they started fairly late and by the time they finished after 1am most of the crowd had cleared out.

After their set I did get a chance to speak with the Johnny and  the guitarist from The Ravenna Colt about a variety of topics incuding the farm that Johnny owns (where My Morning Jacket recorded their early albums) as well as bourbon – both were super nice guys. I look forward to checking both of these bands out again.

More photos from the show:

The Ravenna Colt

Roman Candle

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: The Rites of Spring Music Festival in Nashville this coming weekend – Phoenix, Passion Pit, Cold War Kids, Drake and several others

Photos: Vampire Weekend, 4/6/10 by Barbecue Bros
April 7, 2010, 4:49 pm
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Vampire Weekend – 4/6/10, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Vampire Weekend
The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

I always enjoy going to shows at The Orange Peel and Vampire Weekend‘s first show in Asheville (as well as North Carolina) was certainly a memorable one.

This time we stood on the side of bassist Chris Baio. And he was awesome to watch, bouncing and dancing about stage all night long. The band played most of the songs from their two albums, and the crowd ate it up. Fun night, and well worth the two hour drive each way.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: My Morning Jacket with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Koka Booth Ampitheater in Cary, NC on 4/30 and Beach House and Washed Out at Cat’s Cradle on 5/1

Photos: The xx/jj, 3/25/10 by Barbecue Bros
March 30, 2010, 3:07 pm
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The xx/jj – 3/25/10: The xx, originally uploaded by twoguns.

The xx/jj
Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from jj, but playing over pre-recorded tracks with her home movies in the background (as well as a video highlight reel of swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic) wasn’t quite it. To her credit, she did come and play her first song with an acoustic guitar. She even tried to bookend the set with another acoustic song, but the mic guy had already cut off the guitar when the guy in the group who was obviously drugged out of his mind failed to play even a guitar chord during the set.

The xx are already pros in terms of lighting and mood during their shows. The songs sounded tight, and there was nary a stray note during their set of nearly every song from their debut album plus a cover (not the Florence + the Machine one, though). As long as the band is given a night time set (essential for their music and lighting), I look forward to checking them out at Bonnaroo again.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: Vampire Weekend at The Orange Peel in Asheville on 4/6

Photos: Drive-By Truckers, 2/25/10 by Barbecue Bros
February 27, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Drive By Truckers, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Drive By Truckers
Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC

Another solid show from a very good live band. My fourth concert of theirs; I just wish I knew their songs better than I currently do. Or maybe it was that I paled in comparison to the serious DBT fanboy pack that Laura and I happened to stand by, with this being something like the 115th show of one serious fanboy in particular. I simply like and enjoy this band, but that dude loves and worships the band. I think he went from six to midnight when Stroker Ace took the stage; “Always on Stroker’s side. ALWAYS.”

Here’s some more photos:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: Possibly The Black Lips at Neighborhood Theatre on 3/17

Photos: We Were Promised Jetpacks, 2/17/10 by Barbecue Bros
February 18, 2010, 4:39 pm
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We Were Promised Jetpacks, originally uploaded by twoguns.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC

My second show this year was We Were Promised Jetpacks at Tremont. It had been a few years since I had been to Tremont, but it was as dingy as I had remembered, just with Fat Tire on draft now.

Very solid show by the band from Edinburgh, who played from their debut These Four Walls as well as a forthcoming EP they recently recorded. Though they had been playing to bigger crowds on this tour, the band appreciated our decorum (not drunkenly shouting between songs) and our timing when it came to hand claps. They did not play an encore, which was a little strange. Though considering they only have one album as well as the aforementioned EP, I imagine they had probably exhausted all of their live material after playing for a little over an hour.

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: Surfer Blood at Snug Harbor on 2/22