Sunday, May 31, 2009

King Khan and the Shrines @ the Echo

This was a fucking mess. It was insane. They were so much fun, exactly what I wanted. The perfect evening, and one of those nights that I will think about for days.

From the first song to the last the band went crazy and wanted to make the crowd go crazy. Khan, with his various outfits and props, danced, screamed, sang, and knew how to handle the microphone like a 70s funk superstar. The guitar player, with the notable word "Indie" written on the neck, held the rhythm or lead with an enthusiastic smile. The keyboard player was throwing around his instrument like it was a guitar, holding it over his head and letting it fall on the floor. They even had a cheerleader waving pompoms or shaking mariachis purely for our visionary pleasure.

Most importantly, they were having a great time, and so were we.

The videos are great. Every time I watch them I burst out laughing.

Here's Khan coming out to start the night off:

They pulled a birthday girl on stage, gave her a pinata, then she threw it into the crowd and King Khan followed to make sure we smashed it:

Was the man-gina too much?

This was too funny to even summarize. One of the best videos I've taken, really shows how raw and fun this show was:

Shows like this remind me why I love live music.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

the Black Lips @ the El Rey Theatre

I don't know if it was because I was drunk and didn't have to go to work the next day, or because the redesigned El Rey Theatre is one of the better venues I've been to in LA, or because the Black Lips put on an excellent show, but I can't get over how good of a time I had on Friday night.

The Black Lips are known for putting on rambunctious shows and I am glad I finally got to see them. It was really just a mess. The crowd couldn't keep off the stage. After the first song one guy decided to crowd surf, then another, and then more and more until the final song where the band was just swarmed.

It was really entertaining watching the security gaurds try to control the situation. When someone would jump on stage, either the fat white guy to the left or the short stocky Mexican guy to the right would try to chase them down only to see them jump off the stage. By the end of the show they kind of gave up. The one guy had a smile on his face as he was pushing person after person off the stage.

I really got the feeling that the band loved LA. They seemed to have a great time during the show, as if they had played shows in LA before that went well. But maybe they just do this everywhere. I'd be extremely impressed if they could put on a show this good at every stop.

Some great videos, we were standing at a really good spot and were able to see the stage very clearly:

Go to the 2 minute mark where the crowd is holding Jared up by his feet:

Unfortunately I missed Cole break his guitar after this last song. I stopped the video 2 seconds too soon...