Tuesday, April 03, 2007

NEW SHOWS AT HIGHER GROUND



A couple of new shows of interest have been announced for May at Higher Ground--They Might Be Giants will be playing on May 4th, and Cursive will be performing on the 16th. See you there!

Also, a few additions have been made to the 2007 Pitchfork Music Festival lineup (which I will be attending this year)--The New Pornographers (with an appearance by Neko Case rumoured), former Pavement member Steven Malkmus, hip-hop legends De La Soul and a band I'm unfamiliar with called Battles. Add to that the original lineup of Sonic Youth, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Cat Power, etc. and I'd say I'm in for three days of great shows. I'll be posting nightly blogs after the shows along with pics. Let's just hope Of Montreal can keep their Underroos on...

9 comments:

casey said...

I think Battles is the only band you mentioned that I'm curious to see live. They're neato. And I'm a party-pooper.

casey said...

At P-dork fest, that is. TMBG will be fun. Never seen them before.

jay said...

I'm mostly excited to see Sonic Youth again, as well as see Grizzly Bear and Of Montreal live. Both of the their latest albums have been on heavy rotation at my place recently, and it will be great to hear how they pull off the songs live.

casey said...

Of Montreal are pretty fun live. It would be interesting to see how the Grizzlies do their set, but something tells me this isn't the best venue to do so.

jay said...

It's hard to say--some bands really thrive in large crowd environments & others only in small, intimate venues. My suspicion is that you're right & Grizzly Bear is the latter. But we'll see.

I really excited about getting out to Chicago again; it's such an incredible city.

greg davis said...

im really excited about listening to the new alvin lucier album right now!

casey said...

From Wikipedia:

"Though Lucier had composed chamber and orchestral works since 1952, the composer and his critics count his 1965 composition Music for Solo Performer as the proper beginning of his compositional career. In that piece, EEG electrodes attached to the performer's scalp detect bursts of alpha waves generated when the performer achieves a meditative, non-visual brain state. These alpha waves are amplified and the resulting electrical signal is used to vibrate percussion instruments distributed around the performance space."

Electrodes on the scalp and meditative states? Sounds like my kind of jam.

jay said...

I had electrodes on my scalp last night--I had a sleep study done in Essex to see if I have sleep apnea!

It wasn't very musical though.

greg davis said...

that lucier piece 'music for solo performer' is amazing. i saw/heard lucier perform it a couple years back at brandeis, triggering gongs and drums and things all around a large gallery. wow and i highly recommend the new lucier disc. its super great!

dude i did the same sleep study.
they came up with nothing. it was a waste of money. plus making me go to bed at 8pm and waking up at 5am wasnt exactly optimal conditions and they video tape you while you sleep. weird...

and speaking of good shows, check out the casa del popolo / la salla rossa calendar in june for the suoni festival shows. lots of good stuff - growing, phill niblock, henri chopin, akron/family and much more. ill be playing up there on june 10th.