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13 April 2006 @ 09:54 pm
Icon + Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!  
So...you know that Harry Potter "Bros before hos" icon that's been going around? (If you don't, go to my userpics and take a look, 'cause it's in there.) Well, thanks to anyaxstrindberg's suggestion and my l337 iconz skillz, we ladies now have a response! *points to icon* It is free for the ganking. Credit is much appreciated, just because I'm a h0RR like that. I wish I could have found a better base--one that's bigger, and with a brighter picture--but this one ain't bad.

Yesterday was quite rockin' in the Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston, what with the Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand concert at Agganis Arena, the Red Sox game at Fenway, and the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah concert at Avalon, the lattermost of which I was at.

The venue (a dance club) was pretty intimate to begin with, but thanks to a screwup on our part, we arrived really early and as a result got to settle in really really close to the stage, which was AWESOME. We had seats on this sort of riser thing on the side, which meant that we had an unobstructed view of the stage maybe 20 feet away--and we could sit the whole time. A New Zealand band called The Brunettes opened the show, and they were pretty cool. The lead singer looked kind of Katie Holmes (before Tom Cruise took all the appeal out of her) and sounded like Nicole Kidman, accentwise. I thought she was smokin' hot. The band's music reminded me a bit of The B-52s--just a wee bit. It's kind of hard to classify what it is--kinda alternative/indy, I suppose. Quirky, but definitely pretty neat. A couple of the songs were really catchy. And I don't think I've seen a pop/rock/alternative/indy band play so many instruments. I mean, homeboys and homegirls (the band has four guys and two girls) played all sorts of guitars and basses, keyboards, xylophones, glockenspiels, harmonica (the Katie Holmes chick played the shit out of the harmonica!), trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, triangle, banjo, kind of a lute/dulcimer thing, this weird keyboard that is connected to a tube you blow through.... At one point, I started to wonder if they were just sticking random instruments in to set some kind of Guinness World Record! Oh, and the main guitarist dude was kinda hot. Here's a pic of him with the Katie Holmes girl.

And Clap Your Hands totally kicked ass! They're a bunch of really weird looking guys (they look weirder in RL than they do in the linked pic), and they have a really original style; they're kind of an acquired taste. I started listening to them because my man Dan Rad (OMG squee yadayadayada) recc'd them, and at first I was a little weirded out, because the lead singer's voice is...different. It's almost yodel-y at times. But then I really started digging them. They've got a very unique sound, and their lyrics can be pretty damn nifty (especially the lyrics to their single "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood", which is, in my opinion, a jab at the wretched situation in Iraq).

And they were outstanding live. In particular, their instrumentation was really really excellent. The lead singer just rocked the hell out of his guitar--and made it look like child's play. If you wanna see a video of them, click here to see them playing "Is This Love?" on Letterman. The tall guy playing keyboards in the video was the most showman-y of the bunch. He was just jumping all around with this goofy smile on his face. I totally <3 him! All of their songs were spot on, and the acoustics were pretty good. Watching the lead singer do his thang is really interesting, because he sort of does this head shake when he gets all yodel-y. Very very cool band. I was totally groovin' on my happy little perch off to the side. It was absolutely worth the $15 I paid for the ticket (I know, just $15!) and then some.

They played pretty much every single song off their album, I think. And it was really really cool to be all up close. Clubs are such a great place to see up-and-coming bands. I'm kinda pissed that I didn't do this sort of thing when I was younger, but then again, I don't think the indy scene was nearly as good in my college days as it is now. And I wasn't into it then, either. I was more into rap and R&B, which completely sucks out the ass these days. Well, around four years ago, I did go to the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, where I saw Nikka Costa, Blackalicious, and Spearhead, all three of which were absolutely fantabulous. I have no excuse for the past few years, though; Boston has a pretty damn good indy and club scene, and I should've taken advantage of it more. I'll definitely be more out and about when I move back to DC.

I took pics and will post them at some point (along with the Coldplay pics and the London/Edinburgh pics).

Next stop on Miss Sophia's 2006 concerts o' happiness series: Rufus Wainwright @ Carnegie Hall on June 15! *melt*


 
 
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skruvstaskruvsta on April 14th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
oooooo, sounds amazing!! I've not been to a concert for ages, it's good to hear there's still rock out there :D The guitarist of the Brunettes = hot, and with added New Zealand-y accent = wow. Clap your hands sound awesome, I'll be looking out for them!!

Rufus Wainwright???!!!!?!?!?!?!?! *is jealous* You better enjoy it!
Miss Sophia: Rufus - Thumb Teh Sexmiss_sophia on April 14th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Rock is alive and well these days, it seems--and thanks in great part to your fellow countrypeople! Britrock is the best. :)

Oh, you bet I'll enjoy Rufus Wainwright! I'm slightly afraid I may die of happiness...or that I may feel compelled to stalk him outside the stage door and beg him to let me into his fag harem.
The Cee Monster: Jayne cheerssagacious_c on April 14th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm SO JEALOUS OF YOU!!!!! You got to be up close! I'm glad to hear they're good live. I, too, thought they were too yodel-y at first, and was borderline regretting buying the album, but after a few listen-throughs I was hooked.

Did they do anything other than the songs on the album? I'm clamboring for new material!
Miss Sophia: Rufus dreamily looks out windowmiss_sophia on April 14th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
The only reason I initially stuck with listening to their stuff was faith in Dan Rad's music tastes. (I know, I'm a pathetic fangirl.) But yeah, it definitely grows on you. Which maybe teaches me that faith in Dan Rad is a good thing.

They did two or three songs I didn't recognize, I believe.
A Unified Theory of Everything: jim will blow your fucking minddaylightsparks on April 14th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Chicks before dicks! Wo0t!
pick poppies: Rufus / Oh what a worldtipsytoe on April 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Chicks before dicks. Damn straight!

Oh the concert sounds totally roxing. I love the sound of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It is definitely different and one you cannot compare to any other bands. Try The Decemberists too. They're really a quirky bunch, and their music is totally unique. :)

ENJOY RUFUS. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES. RECORDINGS AND STEAL RUFUS PLEASE SO WE CAN SHARE.
Miss Sophia: Rufus - Sweltering Closeupmiss_sophia on April 15th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I already have tried The Decemberists, and I totally love them. Also good = The Bravery, The Rakes, and Interpol.

You a Franz Ferdinand fan? Their song "Michael" is quite teh hotness.

I'm really truly thinking I may try to find Rufus after the concert. Not in a scary stalkerish sort of way. Just in a hopeless fangirl sort of way. If I do find him, I will ask if both of us can be in his fag harem.

That's all I want. Well, a picture with him would be nice. And a hug. And a snuggle. And just a wee kiss.

*dies*

If I do manage to steal him and bring him home, I shall buy you a plane ticket to Boston, and then we shall revel in our fangirly happiness and RUFUSRUFUSRUFUS.
pick poppies: QaF / EEE!tipsytoe on April 15th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, yeah. I just love Take Me Out. I have their first album and I am thinking of getting their second simple because Do You Really Want To is so addictive.

That's all I want. Well, a picture with him would be nice. And a hug. And a snuggle. And just a wee kiss.

Seriously Rufus. It is not like we ask you to be our pet but if that is possible HELL YEAH!. What's a girl to do to get a hug, a snuggle and a wee weee kiss? ;)

I like your plan. Yes, if you managed to bring him home, we'll do just that. Although, I forsee jail threats and some BIG publicity for us when that happens. Hmmm. ;)
Miss Sophia: Rufus - *sigh*miss_sophia on April 15th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
I will hug him and squeeze him and love him forever!

I don't think it's too much to ask to be the Karen to his Jack. I mean, Jack buries her face in Karen's boobs, bumps stomachs with her, and even gives her the occasional smooch. I could live with that.

I think Rufus will dig it. I have a long history of faghaggery. I'm experienced!
Hollis: Bono: 3 chords and a red guitartesseract_5 on May 2nd, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Rufus Wainwright @ Carnegie Hall on June 15 !!! ohoh, the honeyed sound of that hall will so suit Rufus' yummy voice. I've seen his dad in concert, what a crAzY family.

Sounds like an awesome concert. I adore seeing bands like Clap Your Hands in places like a small-er club, and to be so close to the stage to watch the guys rock out and really get into their music = pure happiness.
Miss Sophia: Rufus - Thumb Teh Sexmiss_sophia on May 2nd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I am soooooo excited about that one! The worst part was convincing my husband that he did NOT want to come to the concert with me, because he's said too many derogatory things about Rufus (methinks he's jealous) to qualify for the other ticket.

Wow, Loudon Wainwright? How cool! I wonder if he still sings "Rufus Is a Tit Man"!