So last week, Chris and I had a last-minute date night on Thursday at the Plain White Ts concert at Headliners.
I know it was an “all ages show,” but I think we were the chaperones. The under-age crowd outnumbered the over-21 crowd by a large margin. But thanks to it being Spring Break in Louisville, not to mention a Thursday night, it was still a light crowd. We snagged seats in the balcony by virtue of being stationed next to the bar when they opened it up, and enjoyed the opening act, Uh Huh Baby Yeah from a comfortably-seated position.[Except for a brief period where the opening band’s biggest fan–in many senses of the word–felt the need to press up against the back of my seat and out-sing the band, while sucking back a Pabst Blue Ribbon. That part was not so great.]
Anyway… the Plain White Ts were pretty fun. Most of their stuff is heavier than the pop ballads that get airplay, still, there was much swoonage among the young ‘uns down on the floor when they launched into the romantic, summery “Rhythm of Love.” And the entire place, naturally, sang along to “Hey There Delilah,” because how could you not?
On other musically-related notes (see? I made with the pun? Yes?) I am officially addicted to the new Adele cd, 21. I think the last LP I played over and over again all day like this was Chicago’s 17 when I was in the 8th grade. I do not usually do the “run it into the ground” thing with music. So it’s that good. Also, I played a few cuts for my sister, who immediately smiled and said “that sounds very you.”[Not sure if she meant that my singing voice sounds like Adele, or my personal theme music sounds like Rolling in the Deep, but I’m okay with either one. 😉 ]
Also impressive: I heard the new Death Cab for Cutie last week, and this week discovered that they pulled off the audacious stunt of producing the music video for “You Are a Tourist” live, in one take. Visually, it reminds me of a classic 80s music video (specifically, I’m thinking of “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes, but more generally, The Cars and other techy-geeky bands of that era.)
Speaking of The Cars, they have a new album coming out next month. Yes, they all look roughly 100 years old. But they’re still capable of producing a catchy song.
If your musical tastes run more to gospel than The Go-Gos, I have good news for you. Sojourn Music is releasing part 2 of the Isaac Watts project, The Water and The Blood, on April 22nd. You can hear “Absent from Flesh” (which is probably my favorite cut from the entire IW project) here: http://sojournmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-water-and-the-blood