Live Review: Capgun, Noah, Viking; Neva/Ladyfinger/Octopus tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 6:56 pm June 6, 2008

After last night, I’m beginning to change my mind about Capgun Coup. You could tell that these guys have been touring. Very strong. Sounds like they’ve toned down the keyboard and amped up the guitars — always a good decision. I think their secret weapon is whoever that is that leans over and sings harmony vocals with Sam Martin. It made all the difference, and took the edge off Martin’s vocals. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen these guys, they’re worth another look.

The same goes for Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship, a band that a year or so ago was just another drone instrumental epic-noise band. They’ve edged their way into my list of favorite local hard/punk rock bands, right up there with Cursive, Ladyfinger, The Stay Awake, Perry H. Matthews, Monroes, Little Brazil, anything Goldberg’s involved in, Criteria and on and on. A brief survey of the crowd brought about comparisons to Unwound and Sonic Youth. They remind me of a late ’70s early ’80s Athens, Georgia band called Pylon, which probably no one remembers. Pylon played a rather stark, narrow but dance-y version of post-punk, much less broad than Noah’s Ark’s grinding-yet-soaring post-wave style. In other words, Noah’s Ark was a bad-ass. And they’re a trio — gotta love that.

Times New Viking is a trio, too. I admit that I compared them to very early Pavement when I reviewed their CD, mainly because of their low-fi tendencies and simple song structures — a ridiculous, idiotic comparison after you’ve see them live, where they in no way resemble Pavement. A trio comprised of a guitarist, drummer and keyboard/vocalist, TNV plays blown-out almost tribalistic post-wave punk that at times borders on anthemic. They certainly got the crowd of 100 or so — especially the 30 folks pressed against the stage — rolling with their orgy of noise. On about half the songs, keyboardist Beth Murphy walked away from the keyboard and just handed vocals backed by shredding guitarist Jared Phillips and drummer Adam Elliott, who imbibed in a quart bottle of Jim Beam between songs. Very rock ‘n’ roll.

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The sweet noise returns tonight to The Waiting Room for the Octopus Garden Art Alliance Benefit featuring Neva Dinova, Ladyfinger, McCarthy Trenching and Roseline. According to a post on the webboard, the organization’s goal is to provide arts opportunities to everyone in the community. That includes offering classes and workshops that focus on a variety of media: painting, sculpture, theatre, writing, culinary arts, pottery, murals, photography, sewing, puppetry, music, dance, recycled art projects, etc. The services are available to everyone, but with a special emphasis on helping those who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill and of low income.

This is an awesome concept and an awesome benefit that continues tomorrow night at TWR with Mal Madrigal, Baby Walrus, Brad Hoshaw, Slave 1, and April Domet. Admission is a mere $7 each night. Shows start at 9.

Also tonight, one-man performer Dosh plays with Anathallo and Omaha’s own Hyannis at Slowdown Jr. $8, 9 p.m.

Other shows tomorrow night include Mates of State at Slowdown — the venue’s ad hoc one-year anniversary celebration (though I doubt they’ll pull out any party favors (though they should)). Opening is Judgement Day. Tickets are $12 today, but will cost you $14 tomorrow.

There also are two shows at O’Leaver’s this weekend consisting mostly of bands I’ve never heard of. Tomorrow night it’s Bazooka Shootout, Roman Numerals (which I have heard of) and Imaginary Johnny. Sunday night it’s It’s True, The Haunted Windchimes, The Mexican and The Vivian Girls. Both shows are $5, and start at 9:30 p.m.

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