Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bon Iver, All Time Low, Elvis Costello, INXS, Berlin

This week's big show is current indie darling Bon Iver at The National on Saturday night.  Tix are $32.50 in advance and $35 day of show.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener The Rosebuds.  Bon Iver is so cool right now even Kanye West asked him to do some vocals on his last album.  You'll probably dig Bon Iver if you like Ray Lamontagne, Nick Drake, or Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Here's Bon Iver doing his song "Calgary" on "The Colbert Report":

And as an added bonus, here is Bon Iver doing a beautiful cover of a song Prince called "an American classic". It's Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me / Nick of Time":

Thursday night at The National is All Time Low.  Tix are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 6:30 with openers Mayday Parade and We Are The In Crowd.  These guys fall into that goofy party band mode that was once populated by blink182.  This is their current hit "I Feel Like Dancin'":

Monday night is the new date for the July 20th Elvis Costello and The Imposters show at Innsbrook that was postponed a couple weeks ago.  General admission tickets are $21.50 in advance/ $25 at the gate, Gold Circle Seating is unavailable, Skybox tix are $100.  For General Admission, ages 10 and under free.  Gates open at 6:00pm.  There is no opener so Elvis will be on around 7pm.  Here's EC & The Imposters when they were young and hungry performing "The Imposter" at the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea in 1979:

BTW, if you see something you like on YouTube, my friend Matt A. sent me a link to this handy-dandy "Clip Converter" that takes the audio from the video and turns it into an mp3 or whatever audio format you prefer.  I just used it to download that tasty Bon Iver cover you heard up above.  HERE is the link.

Tuesday, if you aren't at the Flying Squirrels game where the Phillie Phanatic will be making an appearance, you can get your 80's on with INXS and Berlin at The National.  Tix are $30, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Berlin.  Unless INXS has learned how to cheat ol' Death himself, original lead singer Michael Hutchence will not be with them.  JD Fortune has stepped into those big shoes.  Here's a little taste of what he sounds like.  This is "Don't Change" from their recent show in Denver:

Berlin does have their original singer, Terri Nunn, but no one else from the original band.  Here's my favorite Berlin song, "Metro", when the band apparently adopted the plastic sex doll look.

From Moviefone's Best Music Scenes in Movies, we come to a classic David Lynch moment from "Blue Velvet".  Dean Stockwell in heavy pancake makeup lip synching to Roy Orbison's "In Dreams".  Watch how perfectly placed the actors are in the shot with Kyle McLachlan, with the dancer in the background and the hick who looks like he's seen this act before and loves it.  I also love Dennis Hopper's building slow burn.

I believe we have finally come to the end of Paste Magazine's list of The 25 Best Music Videos of 2010.  Drum roll please!  The #1 music video of 2010 is the Rube Goldbergian setup for OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass".  So fun!

Amy Winehouse.  She could have been huge.  Now she's just dead.  What a waste.

That's it. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan