It’s another week of great shows and today also happens to be my birthday! By some miracle of Betty Ford, I did not spend any portion of my weekend throwing up, passed out on a bathroom floor or sobbing into a bag of flaming hot Cheetos. A total winner of a birthday!
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We’ve got some great bands coming this week and I actually even get to take a break from my computer next Sunday to catch a few of the acts. Download or stream here now – or, thanks to modern technology, you can even subscribe via iTunes! Yay interwebs!
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This weekend was the first time I made it back to the Empty Bottle for a concert in what feels like ages. The last time I was there, I had gotten a little too friendly with a bottle of whiskey before what seemed to be a disappointing performance from Thao and Mirah (both of whom I normally love). Thankfully, for Sunday’s show I was able to walk a straight line and enjoy all of Wild Flag’s performance.
Before the show we went to Bite for dinner and man has that place changed! They classed it up a bit and the menu has stepped it up a notch. I’m sad I didn’t see their falafel on the menu but I ate the shit out of some amazing vegan stir fry.
When we finished dinner we went next door to the venue and were early enough to get a prime short-person spot on the top of the stairs. The openers, Yellow Fever, were great. I had seen the singer at Bite earlier and she was rocking some serious mom jeans with a pouffy blouse. At one point I guessed she was probably in a band but I definitely wasn’t expecting her to sound the way she did.
Wild Flag was rad as hell and the energy they shared on stage was infectious. Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony faced off in their guitar stances while Janet and Rebecca kept the rhythm going dancing to themselves. That was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a while and it got my psyched on venturing out during the winter months.