Cut Copy @ First Ave

I really enjoyed Cut Copy's newest album, so I was really looking forward to this show.  I wasn't disappointed at all, they put on a really energetic and fun concert.  Most of their set was off the new album which was great.  A buddy of mine went with with me, because as usual, the wife had no desire to go.  Even a Saturday night and a babysitter couldn't convince her otherwise.  No worries, Eric and I had a great time.  I'd probably go to see them again because their music is so upbeat and they have a live show to match.

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Amy Winehouse September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011

This was the one and only picture I took of Amy Winehouse back in April of 2007 while I was at Coachella.  I was attending my second ever Coachella with my buddy, and suggested we swing through to see her.  Her album 'Back to Black' had just been released here in the US in March of 2007, just a month before Coachella.  She was playing the Gobi tent, which is by far the smallest tent at Coachella.  As you can see from my picture however, we weren't even under the tent, as it was packed and impossible to get any closer.  I actually joked to Mason that we should check out here performance because she's been known to perform drunk and get a bit out of control.

It's pretty sad to think, that was 5 years ago and it only got worse from there.

Here are some of the videos of her performance at Coachella 2007.
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Sia @ First Ave

This school night wasn't as late since she started at 8:30, which was nice to get home at 10:30.  I'm not a huge Sia fan, but was pretty surprised how many people were at the show.  I'd guess that it was almost sold out.  Molly went with me again to this show instead of the wife.  She even scored a poster for her apartment! I'm starting to get the feeling that the wife has no desire to attend concerts with me... ;)

Sia definitely has a great voice and she had a great rapport with the audience, which made it an enjoyable show to attend.  Although her Australian accent and my deafness prevented me from understanding her a lot of times, I did manage to catch a few of her jokes.  The first was when someone gave her a gift, which was something that went on throughout the whole show.  The gift said "If you ever meet the band Muse, please give this to them". Pretty funny.  Later in the show she gave an explanation that helped me understand the almost sold out crowd.  She explained that she had written a song for the Will Smith movie, Seven Pounds, which they didn't use.  So then she wrote another song for the same movie, which they also didn't use.  However, the movie Twilight used it, and now she's "rich"!  Guess that explains it. ;)  She ended up playing that song during her "fake encore" as the last song.  The first encore song, was 1 of the 2 songs I really knew, "Clap Your Hands".  

I also managed to remember to clear my phone off this time so I could take some video:


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DJ Shadow @ First Ave

The set mostly followed the same set from this years Rockness Festival, which you can find here, so I kind of knew what to expect.  I was pretty impressed with the ball\globe\sphere that he played in, and the accompanying animations.  Here's some video on YouTube that shows the ball in action, and here too.  The video of him on the ball is live video of him from inside the ball.  Crazy! Can't say I've seen anything like it at a show.  I caught his intro and opening on my iPhone, but unfortunately I didn't have enough space, so it didn't save.  Doh! :( Luckily I was able to get some pictures though.

A little late for a school night, but I was glad I caught the show.  It was one of my bucket list concerts, so I can finally cross it off my list.

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