Profound Broccoli: shows, marvelous shows!

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“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”Berthold Auerbach

Hello my lovelies!

That’s right I have returned! I know you’ve all been eagerly awaiting my next postings but after a whirlwind month and a half of shows and random happenings I ended up taking a bit of an interneting break to re-register with normal society (well, as normal as I get). Luckily my little netcation has given me inspirations for posts for the next several weeks till mid June hits aka NXNE. So even though I left all y’all hangin’ for a bit it will have been well worth the wait! You’re going to be getting a steady flow of Profound Broccoli from now on!!

Now I lay somewhere in between carpe diem & taker easy with life in general but live shows…ah shows! That’s my crack! As long as I find the music even remotely tolerable, I’ll see pretty much anything from indie/punk/metal/bluegrass/jazz/blues/hardcore/noise/hip hop (the real kind)/and everything in between. I love a live show…but…it depends on the company. I find it awkward/tricky when seeing shows w/ someone that’s not as passionate about music or not very adventurous in their tastes. You want them to have a good time yet you just want to let loose & enjoy the show. There’s some social dynamics that come into play that when seeing an act you love, you shouldn’t have to deal with but instead enjoy that frothy bevvy & let the sound waves hit you ears like you’re going deaf tomorrow.
Now if you’re lucky, nah priviledged enough to find a person that shares similar musical tastes & also enjoys frequent shows, well that’s one special bond. I personally have seen shows with many a friend but not until now had I met a show buddy that had such random tastes & excitement/enjoyment for music/live shows as I have. Heck we both realized how mind blowingly awesome it is to have that bond (most outings have taken a turn for the magnificently random) that show buddy does not encapsulate it properly, hence my newly declared Show Hubby (& I his Show Wife).

Some of you are totally cool going to shows on your own & having a killer time. I wish I was the same way but I’m just not. There’s something about experiencing a band/artist’s energy on stage w/ another individual that gets the vibe & loves the music. Some people go golfing, play poker, go to the theatre. My thing is shows. When you are able to connect with other individuals that feel as passionately about music as you do, well folks it’s a moment when you step back & say “ain’t life grand”.

So that all being said how’s about I give all y’all a little rundown of all the acts I saw the past while?! My memory is a bit foggy for various reasons (I’ll get better I promise!) so I’ll try to recount what I can.

Black Lips

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Black Lips

Played Horseshoe Tavern which has been an iconic music hotspot for ages & ages (so I’ve been told). Bit foggy on this one due to my choice of beverage consumption but I know for certain it was a fantastic show! Black Lips have this excellent energy both on stand and with the music they play. They came, rocked the place and left us wanting more. Gotta say Vice Records knows how to pick a band. There is no way you can encounter Black Lips uptempo bravado and not have a stellar time!

Black Lips – Bad Kids by purpleplaid

“Alas for those that never sing. But die with all their music in them!”Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beach House

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Beach House
Saw them with a buddy of mine who’s brother creates amazing posters. They played at The Opera House. I always love seeing shows here because the acoustics are great & even when packed there’s still some room to move round. Victoria Legrand was magnificent. Her voice entirely the same live as recorded. While Beach House’s stage presence is mellow, it was very clear that each member is really passionate about the music they play. If they had not formed, I could picture Victoria singing in some dive bar w/ an iconic solo blue light hitting her cheek bones as her warbly resonating voice cuts through the noisy chatter of drunken patrons & hit their souls in a way that they would stop their idle chatter and want to cuddle up to the stranger beside them. Beach House has the ability to pull a crowd in but create a collectively separate experience for all. Much like I imagine Jonsi or dare I say Bjork would. You’re there for the experience but you’re also your own vessel.

Beach House – Zebra by purpleplaid


I had seen Japandroids previously and with their recent rise in popularity, I have to admit I had some reservations whether they had let the hype influence their performance. Silly reservations! They were just as great as ever. Japandroids deserve all the good press they can get! With signature timing, we arrived missing opening act Love Is All. All I can really remember from the show is that they killed it. We went down & dirty with this show. We came, we saw, we rocked hard & then dashed.

Japandroids – Wet Hair by purpleplaid

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”Jean Paul

Crystal Castles

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Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles – Doe Deer by purpleplaid

The Crystal Castles show was the same night as Japandroids, and while trying to balance two stellar gigs in one night seemed questionable, my executive decision making proved to make for one epic night! I wish I had paid more attention to the set so I could offer musical insights for all y’all but unfortunately I just rocked out, HARD! Every bass beating thumb. Every distorted reverbage. Every angelic shriek just rocked my core. The venue was also a small room (actually an art gallery) so the sound was extra deafening (but oh so good!). Jesse F. Keeler of MSTRKRFT & Death From Above 1979 was in attendance which was very cool just to see him hangin’ (not a star struck thing). Go see Crystal Castles for yourselves. If you are able to come out of the experience uttering nothing beyond ‘that was so awesome/killer/‘ then you didn’t experience it right…or the sound system was crappy. I can guarantee the only proper way to experience Crystal Castles is to let their music just take you over.

Alice/Crystal Castles

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Crystal Castles – Year Of Silence by purpleplaid

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.”Robert G. Ingersoll

We Are Wolves

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We Are Wolves

I’ve been a long time fan of Wolf Parade but never had the opportunity to see them live till recently when they, along with We Are Wolves played to a sold out crowd at the Phoenix. To have We Are Wolves, another band I adore, open for them (more so a double billed show than opening act), seemed too good to be true. It’s very difficult for me to express in words just how amazing a show this was. I had had so much nervous excitement build up in me that I never once doubted that the show would be anything less than brilliant. We Are Wolves music and energy rocked & pumped up the already stoked crowd. Alexander Ortiz (who we ran into just chillin’ digging Wolf Parade’s set) voice waved over the crowd with grand fan enthusiasm. From the moment they hit the stage it was just a good ol’ fashion rock show night.

We Are Wolves – Holding Hands by purpleplaid

Wolf Parade

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Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade were nothing less than mind blowing for me. We had a great spot just off to the side of the front stage and being so close was pretty powerful. What was evident from this show (other than just solidifying my love for both bands) was that the members of both We Are Wolves and Wolf Parade are just lovely, terribly talented music geeks. While both have the talent and onstage rock bravado that many legendary rock bands do, there is also this charmingly sweet side to both. You were able to see the glimmer of music geek in them. When bands create such powerful and tightly crafted music, gain popularity and become epic, well we’ve all seen far too many inflated egos ruin the experience. At one point during Wolf Parade’s set, Spencer Krug sheepishly asked the crowd if we wouldn’t mind if he could call his mum to wish her a Happy Birthday to which he then got the entire sold out crowd to sing Happy Birthday to her. It was a total genuine geeky moment and we all loved it!!

Wolf Parade – Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts by purpleplaid

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”Ludwig van Beethoven

The Smith Westerns
Went on a lady date w/ one of my fav chicks. I don’t have lady dates very often since most my buds are guys but gotta say, seeing a group of lanky & cute young guys of 19 perform some rocking surfabily indie rock was one hella way to spend a lady date (that’s right no sitting round sipping wine & watching chick flicks here). We chicks like to rock it out!!

The Smith Westerms – Give Me Some Time by purpleplaid

Sleigh Bells

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Sleigh Bells

I adore a good duo band and am always super impressed by the quality, sound and energy stellar duos are able to produce. If you’re able to create your sound with less but still blow people away, that’s darn impressive! Sleigh Bells, oh Sleigh Bells! They are definitely one of those duos that work and kill hard!! Their set up is simple, Derek Miller guitar/beats/songwriter & Alexis Krauss on vocals with stripped down lyrics (A/B Machines is only 2 lines of lyrics repeated over & over) but the foil between Alexis’s playful pop vocals mixed with the guttural noise guitar killer riffs & can’t keep still beats, is what gets under your skin and makes you addicted to their music. They were selling out shows all before releasing an album (the physical album has yet to drop but Treats is now available digitally). Apparently M.I.A.’s friend made her listen to Sleigh Bells to which she signed them to her label (N.E.E.T.) making her the smartest lady in the world!!

Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill by purpleplaid

Alexis/Sleigh Bells

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Show Hubby (especially him) & I just lost our ish during this show & in good reason!! We rocked it hard, singing along, feeling the killer beats & sick noise guitar. At one point Alexis came out into the crowd singing while giving some friendly love to the group of guys that had encircled her. She even came right up to Sho-Hub who was in such shock didn’t even compute what was happening till afterwards. Alexis’s showmanship, mixed with her powerful yet youthfully playful voice just amped up the crowd to a higher level.

Sleigh Bells – Crown On the Ground by purpleplaid

“Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate.”Arnold Bennett

This is just Part Uno of show recap. Next week I’ll hit you with Part Deux.
Till next time!

Later lovelies,

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