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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Home Stretch

posted by on March 17 at 13:24 PM

Couple sets I caught last night that didn’t make the late-night wrap-up:

Satellite, Perry Farrell’s new project, which was remarkable purely because of how unremarkable it was. Woulda loved to love it but just couldn’t. Somewhere in the last 10 years, Farrell’s oversexed psychedelic carnival barker charisma turned into loopy, mystical hippy-dippyisms. His backing band was hardly there, doing some alt-rock thing that couldn’t have sounded more nondescript.

Before that I caught one song by Andrew Bird, the phenomenal “Nervous Tick Motion of the Head to the Left.” Bird is certainly the best whistling violinist on the scene right now.

NYC buzz band Earl Greyhound played a fantastic set of bluesy garage rock. The trio was hard and soulful and sloppily dramatic, playing the kind of music I could’ve listened to all night.

It’s 4 pm and I’m just getting my Saturday started. St. Patrick’s Day is bound to bring the college kids to 6th Street tonight, for better or worse (at least they dilute the scenester quotient). I’m off to check out English post-rockers 65daysofstatic and then Mastodon at the big outdoor amphitheater by the river.

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