AM & Shawn Lee @ Turf Club

I first heard of Shawn Lee a few years ago through a feature on iTunes called "Indie" electronic artists.  Through that, I ended up buying his Voices & Choices album.   Most recently I saw a feature on Spotify for AM & Shawn Lee's new album, Celestial Electric and have been listening to it pretty regularly.  So when I saw they were coming here, I figured it was a pretty rare opportunity to see him/them live.  

They were playing the Turf Club in St Paul, which I'd never been to.  So when I showed up that night I wasn't sure if I was actually in the right place.  I saw a band playing, most likely the opener, but it looked just like a bar which happended to have a stage.  Well, that's exactly what it is, a bar with a small stage.  I guess the other thing that threw me of was the fact that there was no one there.  There was literally 20 people there.  The stage is small, but the bar itself is pretty big, so not having people there is pretty noticeable.  I was able to secure a seat at the bar right up front which was awesome.  

The funny thing about small venues is you get to watch the actual band setup.  It's not like larger venues where they make this grand appearence after the crew sets up the stage.  So I sat there and watched the bad setup and then they just jump into playing.  I think the sounded great.  The album is pretty low key, and the set was basically the whole album.  The crowd was pretty responsive to the band, at least what crowd there was.  It even prompted a few people to get up and dance.  Although that seemed a little weird, again since there was no one there.  

After the show, AM and Shawn Lee were near the merch table and I thought about getting a picture with them, but opted not.  On the way home I realized I should have just had them sign my ticket.  I haven't done that in a long time

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Phantogram @ First Ave

I probably would have never got a ticket to see Phantogram at First Ave, had it not been for seeing them at Lollapalooza.  The dudes I went to Lollapalooza with really liked the band and said we should go check them out.  So that Saturday afternoon we did, and now we're fans too.  So naturally, when I saw they were coming here to First Ave, I figured I'd go see them again.  I brought Brendan and Colin along, who both enjoyed the show as well.  The band didn't really talk that much during their set, but when they did, I couldn't understand a word they said.  Maybe it's because it was nearly sold out, or I'm just about deaf.  Either way, it didn't matter much, because the music sounded great.  And thanks to B&C, I found a new money saving deal.  $3 tall boys at the Depot, till 11PM.  And here I thought the $4.75 ones in First Ave were a good deal.  

UPDATED 20111117: Phantogram's First Avenue show filmed by Vice Some much better video of the show along with some video footage of First Ave and Minneapolis.

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