The Hives, The Fillmore, San Francisco 2-20-08 [source]
This Saturday, February 23rd, there’s a battle of indie rock powerhouses — each representing the best of their sub genre: The Mountain Goats bring game with their eloquent thoughtful diatribes overtop lush lo-fi orchestras, The Hives fight with textbook hooks, rabid self-confidence, and showmanship a plenty. Even the silent bass player, who doesn’t speak or shake his booty, has a commanding presence.
I’ve been thrown into such a tizzy about trying to decide what to do this Saturday, I’ve resorted to a decision making paradigm weighing pros and cons.
The Mountain Goats with Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters at Neumos
I waver on whether I love head Mountain Goat John Darnielle for his command of the English language or his ability to craft catchy lo-fi songs. His Last Plane To Jakarta musings never cease to captivate me (in addition to making me terribly self-conscious of my own writing aptitude). The Mountain Goats’ latest release, Heretic Pride, is my favorite of their recent offerings. If I didn’t love them so, I’d be incredibly jealous of the groups ability to churn out touching, articulate material without much downtime. Sure the show itself will be filled with the serious, solemn, not-so-into dancing types (the exact opposite of what will be going on at Showbox SoDo), but if I’m feeling like a tear in my beer and between song banter I can quote at the coffee shop, I’ll to Neumos. Actually, the Mountain Goats are already the main topic of my next coffee shop roundtable. I love this recent interview posted on emusic in which John Darnielle talks about his five favorite Mountain Goats protagonists, it’s brilliant! I was hoping that he’d talk about the characters from “Going to Georgia,” (from 1994’s Zopilote Machine) but he did choose to talk about the “Going to Bolivia” storyline.
The Hives with The Donnas and Holy Ghost Revival at Showbox SoDo
Every time I head to a Hives show I convince myself that they won’t be as good as they were the last time I saw them, when I left the place text messaging my friends with lots of hyperbolic proclamations about the amazing show and some feisty dance moves. Then, the show begins and I’m blown away all over again! Love them or hate them for their self aggrandizing stage struts, few can deny the power of the red neon sign, stage smoke and catchy rock hooks that make feel not so bad for missing the heydays of rock legends like The Rolling Stones and The Stooges. The crowd goes wild, the arena gesturing, and the feeling of being part of a rock n roll moment break away my zine-loving, bedroom-pop snobbery candy shell to expose that side of me that will wave my arms in the air like I just don’t care. Let the confetti shoot from stage cannons, I might head to Showbox SoDo to get sweaty with masses of strangers who like to jump to and fro (perhaps to train a bit for Coachella?).
Thankfully there’s a bunch of other must see’s on the calendar that don’t cause such a challenging decision:
- Friday, 2/22: Menomena/Blitzen Trapper/Boat, UW HUB North Den*
- Sunday, 2/24: Strong Killings/Palmer AK, Green Room
- Tuesday, 2/26: A Place To Bury Strangers/The Purrs, Chop Suey
- Thursday, 2/28: “Leukemia Society Fundraiser” – Niina Torra/Kids On Bikes/Hungry Pines, Baltic Room
Tick Tick Boom!
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