Battles @ Fine Line Music Cafe

It's nights like this that I wish I lived downtown.  Dinner at a friends apartment, then drinks a couple blocks away, and best of all, I was able to sneak off and see Battles at the Fine Line, and run back and meet my group afterwards.  Being able to walk home would have been the icing on the cake, but alas, a drive back to the burbs was required.

This was my first time at the Fine Line.  So I was pretty amazed how small it was.  The bulk of my concert going experience is at the First Ave Mainroom, which I always considered small.  But now that I've gone to a few other venues, I suppose it's pretty big compared to the other "small" places.

The Battles show was great and the music was awesome.  They played a lot off of Gloss Drop, which worked for me, since I really like that album.  Of course I was jazzed when they played Ice Cream, which is my favorite song of theirs.  They even stretched it out and made it into a 10 minute song.  I wondered how they were going to do the vocals on some of their songs, like Ice Cream.  Well, they had 2 life size screens behind them that had giant heads singing the lyrics.  Not that one of these guys couldn't have just taken on that role.  I mean each guy seemed to be multitasking the entire time, and doing it really well.  I can't even play one instrument, but these guys were playing at least 2, and sometimes at the same time.  Crazy and impressive!

I tried getting my group I left to join me, because I think they would have really liked it.  I mean, you really couldn't stand still at a show like this.  

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Chromeo @ First Ave

The last time I saw Chromeo was at the 2008 Lollapalooza.  Which at the time, I really liked Chromeo, but didn't feel they were all that great live.  Maybe it was the fact they were playing during the day, or it was really hot out, but it just wasn't doing it for me.  That was exactly the opposite this go around at First Ave.  The set was around 90 minutes, but it seemed to fly by.  Matt attended this one with me and loved it too.  The initial "Chromeo" chant, quickly followed by "Fancy Footwork" set the tone for the show.  It was awesome.  I guess I didn't realize how many great songs they have, but almost every song they played I was like "Oh yeah, I like this song too!"  

The band was just here a year ago, and said even though the last show was great, this one was even better.  And it showed, the place was packed and it seemed like everyone there danced the entire time.  They even claimed that if they do a live album, they'll record it at First Ave.  

Supposedly Chromeo are going to get their very own star too.  I'll have to get a pic of that when it goes up.  If they come back again next year, I'm definitely going.

UPDATED 10/20/11: A star is born!

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James Blake @ First Ave

This review from City Pages is as close as I got to this show last night.  I was suppose to run home from my soccer game, shower, and head up to Mpls for the show.  Unfortunately, when I got home I had to run to Urgent Care with the little one.  Turns out she had a double ear infection.  :( That explained the uncontrollable crying that morning which woke us up early.  Oh well, at least she's on the mend, I was able to get to bed on time, and I saved some beer money for Chromeo on Tuesday.
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