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Let It Grow
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 V.22 No.4 | January 24 - 30, 2013 

Last Month in Music


Red Light Cameras
Red Light Cameras

I saw a lot of great shows last month—too many to do justice to in this brief column. Among others, I saw Asliani, a.k.a. Lady Kat, skillfully rap about peace, love, understanding and crystal healing. I saw the Terri Schiavo Dance Party—one of America’s worst-named bands, says The A.V. Club—deliver an unforgettable punk-rock experience, with a houseful of maniacs losing all control. I saw a show by the ultra-tuneful Americana act Three String Bale, and the dare-you-not-to-dance-to-this return of Monster Paws. I saw the delightfully witch-house, four-keyboard Dbl Reighnbeau, whose members performed in druidic robes, as well as astounding, runaway-train reunion sets from the Gracchi, Riley Switch and Pan!c.

But, for me, the month’s musical highlight was a show at Burt’s Tiki Lounge on Dec. 6. That night, I saw a deliciously feedback-laden set from Full Speed Veronica, the clanging, chugging, howling pleasures of St. Petersburg and the melodic Red Light Cameras, future kings and queens of FM radio. I also saw the Glass Menageries play their final show before an indefinite hiatus—one member’s pregnant, and another’s moving—and their dreamy, driving brand of propulsive, danceable shoegaze just did it for me. I found myself thinking things like, “This is as much as I am able to enjoy music.” And I found myself falling seriously in love-at-first-sight with one of their two singer/keyboardist/guitarists, Mauro Woody, whom I’d never seen perform with them before. After the show, I talked with her. There seemed to be a mutual attraction, and we’ve pretty much spent every available hour together since. I’ve always known going to local shows was good for my soul, but this show was especially good for me. I’m still grinning.

Later, on Dec. 18, at the Iron Haus, a new-to-me DIY venue, Mauro and I got to see Dallas, a two-piece band genuinely unlike any I have ever seen—featuring shouted, nonsensical female vocals and almost-death-metal-style drumming—and Fort Hobo, embodying chaos itself. Fort Hobo members fell all over each other, dived across the crowded room and grabbed audience members. People were bleeding by the end, including the band’s guitarist. Every kid who’s ever scrawled “punk’s not dead” on their shoes was proved gloriously right. After the show and around a bonfire, local legendary drummer Kris Kerby mentioned to us that his band, Sabertooth Cavity—which I love—would be reuniting for a show in Carlsbad.

Cut to: a carful of fans driving south on Dec. 22 to see Sabertooth Cavity play a bowling alley bar. We got there early enough to see Carlsbad Caverns—which are incredible—and then we all took a nap in a cheap motel room. We completely slept through Sabertooth Cavity’s set. I still can’t believe this. I cannot believe this. The band couldn’t believe it either. How did no one in our group think to set an alarm?

Fortunately for us, Sabertooth Cavity played another gig on Dec. 26 at the Launchpad, and we were able to give our quest a little closure. Bigawatt opened, as a two-piece, and the act’s usual melodic noise was given wonderful added dimension and rhythm with the addition of a drummer. Sabertooth was wild, experimental and a happy mess—a unique, jazzy, warm sort of jam-metal you can dance to. Music well worth driving five hours south for. Or driving back for. Music you would never want to sleep through.

Public Comments (2)
  • Living Large and Being Free!  [ Wed Jan 30 2013 11:41 AM ]

    WOW it sounds like you had a great month ! Good for you ! Sounds like you were busy rocking out and living large ! Did you manage to check in with your pregnant wife and three little kids any? Does your new "lover at first sight" like kids? Seems like you are head over heels, announcing your relationship publically facebook and now here, all fabulous signs of maturity and a surplus of hormones. Good for you for not caring how this affects your former partner, your wife, mother of your four children! Nice job letting her find out online. Stand tall ! Be free ! Profess your lust to the world ! Keeping classy Mike, keeping it classy !

  • This Tawdry Little Thief Of Oxygen  [ Mon Feb 4 2013 1:57 AM ]

    Let's get this straight. 'Mike Smith' announces to himself, the world, his new partner, oh, and his wife, the mother of his kids and, oh, oh, his unborn kid, that December, well, in December, he saw a lot of great shows -too many to do them justice, apparently. We've all been there, right? Sure thing, Mike, with you so far. Oh, then he falls in love.

    Just a minute, though. I have neither the measure, nor temper to paraphrase what this wanker (that's Mike, by the way) wrote. Bear in mind: this is absolutely the first his wife and kids got to hear about it and this is all the excuse and explanation they're ever about to get: A crappy review of a band in a freebie paper. Forever. Mike's kids, Mike's unborn kid.

    Apparently, Mike's 'still grinning'.

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