Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

I had a great time at the Sharon Jones show on Friday. I can’t describe it. I really can not. Any attempt to review would be lacking in enough emotion and would not do the show any justice.

If she’s coming to you town just buy a ticket already.

Yeasayer

Last night at Walter’s on Washington there was a hell of a show! Afrodisiac opened up for Yeasayer (aka my favorite new band of 2007) and MGMT.

There were a lot of people there, about half of the crowd was below 21 years (and most of them were below 18), which made for an interesting crowd… or should I say a less interesting crowd? I got stuck for a minute next to a girl who had a bad cough and didn’t once cover her mouth and she talked ceaselessly about cuddling with another girl because “that’s what girls do” (it wasn’t what she said it was how she said it). None the less, I had a really decent time. Oh yeah, “decent” if I ignore the fact that despite my best efforts, I could only get 2 beers from the bar (the 3rd one came from a stranger). And if I ignore how badly my new shoes were pinching my toes! But decent seriously if I add in the fact that I made a new friend and got to experience Yeasayer live.

Honestly, I think my favorite new band of 2007 was a little tired last night. A great (borderline phenomenal) performance, but you can see they were a bit in zombie mode. Like maybe they played ‘2080’ from memory. Hell of a memory, though, right?

The turn out was good numbers. Yeasayer made a comment from stage thanking all the underage people that snuck it because it probably was going to make them a lot of money. Which is great! It’s good to see Houston support their music scene. This town is very finicky about going out consistently. There can be an amazing band to come through and have maybe a dozen standing out there, and other times on other nights you might get a sea of bed heads and tight pants. I’m not sure there’s a way to even predict which outcome you’ll get.

I didn’t know MGMT from name before hearing them play the song ‘Electric Feel’ last night. Then I was like, oh duh, right! That song is nice. But I never know what to do with bands that make a hit like that, but have a completely different sound in general. I’d kind of label MGMT as a space rock band, but that song ‘Electric Feel’ is really funk inspired. Maybe the relation between their songs is more subtle than I expected, so I’m going to say that until I further research this subject, this is a case of “my bad!”

Afrodisiac was a cute little one man band with quite a bit of Myspace notoriety. Lot’s of indie lo-fi power pop from him. I came in at least halfway through his set. His backing band was either a CD or tape of good quality. It was nice though. The high school kids loved him.

Next show up will be Sharon Jones and Dap Kings on Friday, at the same location. I don’t think there will be any kids there… at all! Which I’m looking forward to.

Afrodisiac links courtesy of Hands Up Houston message board. Thanks guys!