Well, if you missed the show last night or got there late like I did, then you missed the last-ever performance by Kite Pilot (for real this time). Whether the band is breaking up or not isn’t the question. Todd and Erica Hanton and Jeremy Stanosheck have instead decided to simply quit playing Kite Pilot music. Call it a long-term hiatus, though the chances of the three of them playing again as Kite Pilot are slim outside of a reunion show in eight years. They aren’t giving up music altogether. Instead they say they’re going to explore new sounds that are a long way from conventional guitar/drum/bass rock music. Erica also said that she’s tired of fronting a band, preferring to simply be in the background. What will they come up with next? Stay tuned.
I showed up halfway through Aqueduct’s set. I thought I’d seen them before, but I would have remembered their style — straight-up melody-driven rock (indie or otherwise). The highlight was their cover of Warren G’s “Regulate,” (You know, the one with the sample from Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin'”). It’s a perfect example of why a band shouldn’t cover a song that’s more memorable than their own material. Afterward, I heard a couple people say how much they liked the cover, but neither mentioned Aqueduct’s own songs, which included a number of tunes off Or Give Me Death, their latest album. Aqueduct is a great match for a band like Georgie James — both bands obviously have a love for ’70s rock.
This was the first night back for Georgie James after a break due to illness. They sounded tight, running through songs off their new Saddle Creek album, Places, essentially replicating the recording almost too much to a T. Maybe it was because they haven’t stepped into the ring for awhile, but they seemed to be going through the motions, finishing the last song and then saying goodnight somewhat abruptly.
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You’ve got a lot of choices this weekend, starting tonight. Let’s just go down the list:
At The Waiting Room it’s Toronto band Do Make Say Think, yet another act coming through town associated with Broken Social Scene. Their music is moody instrumental fare, and to be honest with you, I like the opening band, Apostle of Hustle, a little more. Lead apostle, Andrew Whiteman, also has played with BSS. $10, 9 p.m.
At Sokol Underground it’s Portland punk trio The Thermals with Reporter and Thunder Power!!!. Judging from the scuttlebutt the past few weeks, this one will be well attended. $10, 9 p.m.
Finally, over at The Saddle Creek Bar, it’s The Whipkey Three, Scott Severin and the Milton Burlesque, and Kyle Harvey. The Third Men originally were on this show but apparently had to cancel. $5, 9 p.m.
Saturday is just as crowded:
Slowdown Jr. is hosting a Nirvana tribute featuring more than 11 bands including Baby Walrus, Flowers Forever, Coyote Bones, Bear Country, The Shanks, Thunder Power!!!, Outlaw Con Bandana., Steph Drootin, Jake Bellows, Flamboyant Gods, and Ascetics. Each band has chosen a different Nirvana song to cover (there will be no duplicates). Should be interesting and you can’t beat the price — FREE. Starts at 9.
Still not sold out (surprisingly) is … And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead at The Waiting Room with Virgasound. Odd, considering that this band has drawn huge over the past few years. $12, 9 p.m.
Sadly, if you look at O’Leaver’s online calendar, there are only four shows listed through the end of the year. Saturday night it’s Sleep Said the Monster with Happy Birthday Amy (from Nashville) and Reagan and the Rayguns. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Of course Sunday you’ve got your Meat Puppets with Ha Ha Tonka at The Waiting Room. $13, 9 p.m.
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