Saw Augustines, Hospitality, & My Goodness on sonofhal's recommendation last night. My Goodness were probably the best opening band we've ever seen at the Crescent. They've got bright prospects for success. Was hoping to buy their CD but never carry much cash and they couldn't take card payments. Got a sticker & bottle opener from their label's promotions team, though, so didn't come away empty handed. They're a two-man, guitar-and-drums rock band in the vein of White Stripes and Black Keys, and as such, I would expect to see them at Coachella next year.
I couldn't understand why SiriusXMU was trying to make Hospitality happen last year (or 2012, whenever their first album was released). That "Friends of Friends" song is fine but not good enough to warrant being played every fucking time I get in my car. Now they've got a new album and have apparently a lot of buzz and it still baffles me. They are just so goddamn bland, the kind of anonymous throwaway pop that TomAZ gets so upset about. Just no passion or stage presence, made all the more apparent by coming out after My Goodness. The 3 guys in the band seem like they are probably all very nice and easy to get along with, but something about the singer just gave me the sense that she's probably a bitch. Maybe it's just because I feel like the quality of her voice should relegate her to being a backup singer rather than fronting a band. Whatever the case, she yawned between the 3rd and 4th song and that was our cue to go sit outside.
Augustines were fantastic. We got up right against the stage. Hadn't even heard them prior to yesterday afternoon so I felt a little weird about being that close but they perform with lots of energy and have tremendous songs. Their lead singer seems like he might be a twat but he writes good music and you can tell that he appreciates being on stage and having an audience watching his band. I can see them blowing up like Mumford & Sons -- the singer kind of resembles Marcus Mumford and a lot of their songs are very anthemic. We remarked afterwards that we were surprised they haven't played Coachella yet but apparently they did play under the name We Are Augustines. Just looked it up & they were playing against We Were Promised Jetpacks, and I've gotta say, that WWPJ set was so fucking good, I'd still make that decision, but I won't be surprised to see Augustines playing later in the day on the main stage at Coachella or even sub-headlining other festivals within the next few years.
Originally Posted by Larry Farnsworth
"I assume you guys aren't familiar with all of the shit on this lineup but if you listened to shit radio stations you would be."
i've been having a fun evening doing research. trying to research all the bands by time, i got up to about 10pm. because you all care deeply, my dance card interests so far:
7:00: the technicolors - central ave stage @ cityscape
7:00: salvador duran - arizona latino arts & cultural center
7:00: in the valley below - crescent ballroom
8:00: flamenco por la vida - arizona latino arts & cultural center
8:00: bad cactus brass band - coffee one
8:00: sergio mendoza y la orkestra - monroe street stage
8:00: bogan via - crescent ballroom
8:00: kan wakan - bar smith
8:00: big mona - crescent outdoors
8:45: murs - crescent outdoors
9:00: painted palms - crescent ballroom
9:35: blackalicious - crescent outdoors
10:00: ava luna - hard rock cafe
10:00: pig pen theatre co.
10:00: nite jewel - crescent ballroom
10:00: benni beatnik - bar smith rooftop
10:25: sir mix a lot - crescent outdoors
11:00: yacht - crescent ballroom
11:00: black carl- monroe street stage
11:00: z-trip - crescent outdoors
11:00: dry river yacht club - hotel san carlos
11:00: pastries with teeth - barsmith
11:00: zero zero - last exit
12:00: jerome LOL - crescent ballroom
12:00: king of spade - last exit
12:00: tobie milford - hotel san carlos
12:00: moving units - bar smith
for gap dream's "chill spot" is fucking hilariously bad.
Last edited by chairmenmeow47; 03-07-2014 at 02:45 PM.
Originally Posted by malcolmjamalawesome
It's when we discuss Coachella that we are at our collective dipshittiest.