The flowerhouse gang is just rolling in after a full night of music which included a solid set by Gabriel Sullivan & Taraf de Tucson at the Crescent Ballroom and a sold-out Wilco & White Denim show at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium.
We’ll have a more in depth detailing of the shows later but suffice to say that Wilco was as advertised (Great in just about every way!) while White Denim ultimately disappointed. I’m not sure when it was exactly that White Denim gave up the ghost and turned into a noisier Phish but Brandon and I were not impressed. They certainly didn’t help themselves by opening with, what seemed like, a 10 min jam nor by the fact that they only played for around 3o minutes. Even Street Joy left us feeling a little hollow and they never even got around to playing my second favorite song they do, Drug. Sigh…we are now wondering whether we need to see them headline their own gig later this Spring.
Wilco, on the other hand, not only sounded incredible but played for a solid 2 1/2 hours. Thankfully, Jeff and company washed the bad taste out of our mouths and we left the show on a high note with both Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m Walking and Box Full of Letters filling out the extended encore.
Here are some pictures from the show with video coming later.
*Note: a quick shout out to the wonderful gal behind the concession counter who the unforgiving folks at the Gammage/ASU felt necessary to shame tonight when she inadvertently forgot her name tag. We didn’t catch your name but thank you for 1) still being able to smile even though you had to wear that incredibly sarcastic, assholey name tag and 2) for holding onto my Snickers bar when I forgot it at the counter. Email us and the flowerhouse gang will send you a gift…just because.
The Flowerhouse podcast crew just returned from another terrific Stateside show – this time featuring L.A. based Papa and Canada’s Handsome Furs. If you have been hanging around the site the last few months then you’ll know that, while the Furs were the headlining band, we were looking forward to seeing Papa more than anything else. Fortunately, Darren and the boys didn’t dissapoint as you can see from the photos and videos we are throwing up tonight.
We will have more of our impressions of the show later but until then, enjoy the pics and we’ll see you at Wilco on Saturday!
With the year coming to a close, finding good shows here in Phoenix is becoming increasingly difficult. That said, Brandon and I are looking forward to the new year and the return of national acts to the valley of the sun. These are the shows that we can’t wait to see.
10th Starfucker – One of my favorite Portland bands and great live. This will be the first time I’ve seen them outside of the Northwest.
One of my favorite songs…
12th Cass McCombs – Signed to the legendary U.K. label 4AD, Cass’ County Line was a Brandon pick for the week 6 podcast.
18th Handsome Furs – The real appeal for us is the opening band, Papa which features Darren Weis of Girls fame.
21st Wilco – Floor seats (!!) in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gammage building. Two words…can’t wait.
31st Twin Sister
1st Zola Jesus
6th Dr. Dog
27th Grimes – We missed her the first time she came through but this show should more than make up for it. We still can’t believe that this show is going to be at the Rhythm Room.
28th Cloud Nothings – This should be an awesome show!
Come out and say howdy