Some concerts are good because the band plays all your favorite songs. Other times, the band doesn’t play any of your favorite songs, but they do play the setlist so well you just don’t care. Last Friday night Umphrey’s McGee managed to pull that trick off.
The greatest test of an album is how the songs work in a live setting, and to that end I went to see Kaki King play the Ark in Ann Arbor on Wednesday.
Standing outside The Ark waiting to get into tonight’s Jonathan Coulton show it strikes me that this event deserves a live blog.
The Tragically Hip’s new album gets released April 7th. Love the Hip, and the best part of this news is that it means a Hip tour. They’re a great live act that’s very generous to tapers; and they’re always good for a couple shows in Michigan.
Standing outside the State Theater waiting for doors to open for tonight’s Umphrey’s show. I feel like trying out live blogging the show, assuming the Word Press app complies, should be fun. I’ll put the result behind a cut afterwards.
I’m currently writing up a big post about Allison and Lillia, but in the meantime I recommend going here and scrolling down to the “Live Recordings” section. Pretty neat huh? Sure, archive.org has plenty of things I’ve recorded, but this is the first time anything I’ve “taped” has ever been mentioned on an official band website. I feel so proud.
I’ve finally recovered from one of the more intense bits of concert touring I’ve ever done. It was five nights, four shows, three cities, two bands and one very tired Sam.