mudcub (mudcub) wrote,

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It's Still Rock N' Roll To Me

I used to work at a CD store in Minnesota. We would get *tons* of free promo stuff: CDs, posters, movies, t-shirts. But most of all, we would get free concert tickets. If sales weren't going well (or even if they were), promoters would peel off a few rows of seats or standing-room-only tickets and hend them out. I was a lonely colletge student trying to be straight, so I spent almost every night at First Avenue and 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, a dirty little theater/bar that Prince made famous in "Purple Rain".

After college, I think I was burned out, and I stopped going to shows. But I also got tired of paying fifty bucks for a ticket, with a TicketBastard twenty dollar "handling charge" added on. And then when I got to the concert and paid for parking, waited in line for an hour to be patted down ineffectively and hassled about my belongings, I got to stand next to a cigarette or pot smoker, or worse, somebody on a cell phone who talked during the entire show. But who cares, since most bands play the songs exactly the way they sounded on the record anyway, because that's what the audience wants: no solos and no surprises.

I've been getting back into live music lately. Mostly because I enjoy the fellowship of seeing a show with a friends. And dancing my ass off with bears and getting sweaty. It can be a magical experience, particulary if you catch the right band at the right venue at the right moment in their career.

Here is a list of rock bands I'd like to see live.

* = very much

* Amanda Palmer (again)
* Andrew Bird
Animal Collective
Aphex Twin
* Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Art Brut
* Battles
Ben Folds/ Ben Folds Five (again)
Biffy Clyro
* Bloc Party
Bob Mould (again)
Calexico (again)
Chemical Brothers (again)
Cold War Kids
Daft Punk (pryamid tour)
* Damian Rice
* Death Cab For Cutie
Depeche Mode
DeVotchKa (again)
Dresden Dolls
Fatboy Slim (again)
Fleet Foxes (again)
Flight Of The Conchords
Flogging Molly
Fountains of Wayne
Girl Talk (again)
Gogol Bordello
Hercules And Love Affair
Hot Chip
Husker Du reunion
Jim Noir
Jose Gonzalez
Junkie XL
* Kaiser Chiefs
Kate Nash
Kings Of Leon
* Kraftwerk
Les Savy Fav
* Low
Man Man
Mark Ronson
* Mika
My Morning Jacket
Nine Inch Nails (again)
Of Montreal
Portishead (again)
Prince (again)
R.E.M. (again)
* Regina Spektor
* Richard Thompson (again)
Rilo Kiley
* Robyn Hitchcock
Soul Coughing reunion
Tears for Fears reunion
Tegan and Sara
The Apples In Stereo (again)
The Avalanches
The Bravery
* The Decemberists
The Fratellis
* The Futureheads
* The Hives
The Killers (again)
The New Pornographers
The Pipettes
The Polyphonic Spree
* The Raconteurs
The Raveonettes
* The Replacements reunion
* The Shins
* The Swell Season
The Thermals
The Vines
The White Stripes (again)
They Might Be Giants (again)
Tool (again)
TV On The Radio (again)
U2 (again)
Underworld (again)
XTC reunion

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