Toro Y Moi @ Triple Rock Social Club





I really didn't know what to expect with this show. I've really enjoyed listening to Toro Y Moi on Spotify but didn't know how well it would translate live. The music is a bit more on chill side, but I was glad to see the energy come through to make for an entertaining show. I recorded them doing "Still Sound" which is my favorite song, as well as the intro and outro. The music sounded great, although crazy loud, and the crowd was really into it.

Speaking of the crowd, they were great. People were really cool and polite. Which isn't something you necessarily see at a concert. The show was sold out and it was definitely packed inside, but every person that had to shimmy by me said excuse me, and politely slid by. Not once did someone bump me out of the way. That was actually pretty refreshing.

This was my first time seeing a show at the Triple Rock too. The more times I see bands in small venues, the more I appreciate that sort of setting. Triple Rock really radiates that 'hipster' vibe, so to celebrate I ordered a couple PBR Tallboys. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but then again I'm not that picky with my beer.

Another solo show for me, and another late night, but again, totally glad I went.


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Mad Professor @ The 7th St Entry



The next morning my car still smelled like pot. Which is pretty amazing considering, one, I don't smoke pot, and two, you're not allowed to even smoke in bars. And yet, people were lighting up all over the place last night. This certainly didn't detract from the show. Don't get me wrong, the music was great. 'Dub' which is what this type of music is described ase.  Which is basically reggae music with tons of bass, and really trippy. And I mean TONS of bass. So much bass that my face was vibrating. I loved it.

I actually saw Mad Professor at First Ave years ago, because I loved the No Protection album he did.  I even got his autograph on the CD cover at that show.  And although I didn't hear any Massive Attack during this show, I think being at the Entry really made it a totally different experience.  I've never seen a show there before.  Being able to be 5 feet from the performer was something that I've never done.  Even got to shake his hand after the show.  He did some original stuff, some dub versions of Bob Marley, and played a song that made me smile.  It was You Don't Love Me (No No No), which I knew from the Party Girl soundtrack.  The wife definitely would have freaked out with that one.

The crowd was pretty interesting, lots of white people dreads.  Lots of weird dancing, and like I said before, tons of pot.  All in all, a great show.

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Morcheeba @ First Ave



What better group to see at my first show at First Ave since I moved back to Minnesota.  Even better the original lead singer was back with the band.  The wife was suppose to attend this with me, since we've been following Morcheeba since their first album back in 1997.  At the last minute she decided she'd rather get to bed at a decent hour.  Silly adult responsibilities.  So my buddy stepped in to save me from going solo.  They played all the songs that I was hoping for, which made it a great show.  

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Caspa @ First Ave



One of the great things about the First Ave twitter account is that they tell you when the set times are for the night.  But when I show up at 10 PM in preparation for the 11 PM set time and there's only 100 people there, it's a bit concerning.  The Foo Fighters are playing at the Excel the same night, so maybe thats part of the problem.  So I'm a little concerned when First Ave is only 10% full.  It did fill in a little once Caspa came  on, but "fill in" means another 50 people.  But once the music started, it really didn't matter how many people were there.  The crowd was totally into it.  I was really hoping to hear stuff off of his album,
"Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening", but, no.  He did tease a bit early on, but never followed through.  He stuck to the big name dubstep mix playbook.  Not that I was complaining, since it was still pretty awesome, but it would have been nice.  
This was also my first show I've attended solo since 1998 or so. But once the  music started, all that didn't matter.  The more I listen to dubstep, the more I realize how much I love it.  This show only confirmed that.  I heard a lot of the big dubstep songs that I typically hear on Pandora. No surprise there was a little Skrillex mixed in there.  It was a great 90 minute set.  
Towards the end, Dread MC took a cell phone pic of Caspa with the audience.  I was hoping I was in it, but it looks like I was just out of the shot. 
Long story short, I was a little concerned when I got there, but in the end, I was glad I went.  It was a great mix!
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Basilica Block Party 2011



This is one of those events that I wish we lived in downtown Mpls for.  Such a cool setting to see some live music with a bunch of friends.  It amazed me at how many people we ran into that we knew.  Plus, this was a rare occasion of the wife attending a show with me.  Loved it.

We ended up getting there shortly before the headliner, which we were there to see, Ray LaMontagne. Although I'm not a big fan of his type of music, I gotta say the guy sounded great.  With the Mpls skylline as the backdrop and the perfect weather, it made for a really cool night.  

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Wiz Khalifa @ The Cabooze



Initially I was pretty excited about attending this show.  I've enjoyed all the singles Wiz has put out, and even the songs that my brother-in-law had me listen to.  Plus it was an outdoor show, so how could you go wrong?  

Well...  

When we get there, there's a ridiculous line to get into the concert area, which isn't so unusual.  (Side note, it always amazes me the amount of white dudes at rap shows, that go out of their way to sound like a hip/tough/cool black guys.  It's pretty comical) However, it gets a little concerning when you're pretty far back in line and the show starts.  Lucky for us there were 2 openers, so it wasn't a big deal after all.  The funny thing was though, once we got in, we couldn't tell they were openers.  Shows how much of a fan we were. ;) So while we're waiting for the openers to finish up, we're trying to get a decent spot to watch from.  Unfortunately the Cabooze outdoor stage is in their parking lot.  Not ideal for a short guy.  Needless to say, I couldn't see a damn thing.  

Now all that still hasn't really spoiled my time.  But then I make the mistake of saying "hi" to the girl in front of me while I'm ordering a beer.  As I'm waiting, her boyfriend and his friend, who are standing around the corner of the bar from me, are staring right at me.  At first I didn't really notice them, I mean these 2 guys are just staring at me, not saying a word, just staring.  When I do a double-take out of surprise, I get the typical tough-guy "what?!" from them.  To which I reply "what?", to which they reply "what."  This could go on all night. So I shake my head, wait for my drink, and ignore them.  In the meantime, the girlfriend is now back with them and getting the 3rd degree on what she said to me, and why was she talking to me, and so on.  I guess they have a pretty solid relationship, when saying "hi" to a guy elicits such a response.  But I guess when you're dating a skank, drunk at a rap concert, and wearing a wife-beater, you do as the Romans do.  In the end, nothing happened thankfully.  The kicker though, was as she's pleading for forgiveness, says, "...he's totally ugly, please, you are so much better looking than him."  Ugh. Thanks.   

The show finally starts, but now I'm standing in a sink hole, can't see shit, watching over my shoulder to make sure the Latin King wannabe doesn't try something.  

Of course Wiz ended with Black and Yellow, so that was cool.



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