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System of a Down/Gogol Bordello 5/13/11 Key Arena, Seattle, WA

System of a Down w/ Gogol Bordello 05/13/11

Key Arena – Seattle, WA

Words by jakobross424

I woke up Friday, May 13 and thought: I am seeing System of a Down tonight.

Alternative-metal band SOAD went on hiatus in 2006 and are back for their triumphant return. Although most of their tour was scheduled for Europe, they still had time for the west coast of Canada and the U.S. I arrived at the Key Arena, and I was directed and redirected to different lines that would eventually take me to the front door.

I finally got in and I immediately found the merch booth where I purchased a SOAD shirt (the band’s logo on the top, a large picture of a tank, bottom says “Mine is bigger than yours!”) and a Gogol Bordello shirt. Gogol Bordello is a “gypsy punk” band composed of around 7-8 people, all of them from various countries (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador, USA, China, etc.) Lead singer Eugene Hutz is the coolest man alive. Just sayin’.

At around 8:00 Gogol Bordello came on after an introduction by a Seattle radio host. Gogol raced through a 40-minute set and immediately won the crowd over with their ingenious combination of klezmer music and punk, as well as their energy that couldn’t even be matched by SOAD. Gogol played favorites from previous albums such as “Start Wearing Purple” but most of their songs came from their most recent album Trans-Continental Hustle. “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)”  and “Break the Spell” were two highlights of the new material.

When Gogol left the set, I was thirsty and in pain from all the jumping and singing I did. I was 2 rows from the front when I saw Gogol, and a lot farther back when I saw SOAD, unfortunately, because I lost my spot due to my need for water. A large screen covered the stage when Gogol left, and it was SOAD’s logo. The crowd waited for about 30 minutes, then we heard the opening riff to “Prison Song.” When the intro ended and the full band came in to start the first verse, the screen fell (on purpose) and the band was revealed.

On the left, the always unpredictable Daron Malakian, the guitarist. In the middle, bearded lead singer Serj Tankian. Behind him, calm-yet-articulate drummer John Dolmoyan. On the right, the braided bearded bass player Shavo Odijian. Together, they make Armenian-American political band System of a Down.

SOAD played a KILLER set, playing songs from all four of their major releases. Highlights included “War?”, “Toxicity”, “Cigar”, “Lonely Day” and many many more. The crowd sang along and moshed and jumped and had the best time. SOAD sounded great, although Serj’s mic made him sound like he had a high pitched voice. Oh, well. The boys ended their set with crowd-favorite “Sugar”, and left the stage after a 29-song set with no encore. All-in-all a phenomenal night. My ears rang like crazy, but it was worth it.

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

Dates for the fifth annual Summer Slaughter tour have been announced. The month long trek will kick off in West Hollywood, CA on July 22nd before wrapping on August 21st in Dallas, TX. Concert Confessions favorites The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel are set to headline the package tour. Also included in the trek are Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Powerglove.

Dates and venues are listed below. As always keep your eyes on the official site as dates/venues may change.

Summer Slaughter TourDates:

Jul. 22 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Jul. 23 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Jul. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 – Seattle, WA – King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jul. 30 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 31 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Aug. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 07 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Aug. 10 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues


Meat Puppets To Hit The Road In Support Of Lollipop

Meat Puppets To Hit The Road In Support Of Lollipop

It was our very own Jay Porks who assisted in giving away a free Meat Puppets song a few weeks ago, but today it’s our turn to pay some much needed attention to the psychedelic cow-punkers from Phoenix. With their latest disc dropping today, the brothers Meat are about to hit the road for the first round of dates in support of their 13th studio effort – Lollipop.

Dates for the trek are listed below. Oh and don’t forget to check out our review of the release of the Meat Puppets 12th record – Sewn Together right here.

Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Apr 27 – Busters – Lexington, KY *
Apr 28 – The Valarium – Knoxville, TN *
Apr 30 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK *
May 1 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS *
May 3 – Simon Estes Amphitheater – Des Moines, IA *
May 5 – The Venus – Fargo, ND *
May 6 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN *
May 7 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *
June 8 – The Blue Light – Lubbock, TX
June 9 – Santa Fe Brewing Co. – Santa Fe, NM
June 10 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
June 11 – The Clubhouse – Phoenix, AZ
June 14 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
June 15 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
June 16 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
June 17 – Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 18 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
June 20 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA
June 21 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
June 22 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
June 23 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
June 25 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
June 26 – Abbey Theater – Durango, CA
June 29 – Bluebird – Denver, CO
June 30 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
July 1 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
July 9 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

w/ Slightly Stoopid *

Rammstein To Tour North America in 2011

Rammstein To Tour North America in 2011

Our prayers have been answered. Various outlets are reporting that with the success of their Madison Square Garden appearance last fall, Rammstein will once again hit North America for a brief tour. The trek will kick off May 5th in beautiful New Jersey before wrapping up a few days before Memorial Day in Las Vegas, NV.

Tickets for the Live Nation tour are scheduled to go on sale next week. The dates for the tour are listed below.

Rammstein 2011 North American Tour Dates:
05/05 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZod Center
05/07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
05/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
05/10 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
05/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
05/15 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
05/18 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
05/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
05/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center

Mike Gordon – The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA – 11-10-10

Mike Gordon at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 11-10-10

Review and photos by thenaturalstoner

When I first planned my current week long vacation, I was excited by the thought of coming home and writing a great review about the Mike Gordon show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night. Unfortunately things do not always go as planned, and I will have to shift my main focus towards the PACKED venue instead of the musical act in this write-up.

I hope last night was an abnormality, because things did not seem to be running very well by the Crocodile Cafe staff.  Making people wait until after 9pm (lines were formed at 7pm in expectations of getting in) to get inside was just the start. The club was oversold by what felt like 100% and the crowd was in essence a pack of sardines.  Minimal crowd dancing/involvement (due to lack of space), long lines at the bar and restrooms, and a general rudeness in the crowd made last night one to forget.

This is extremely unfortunate because the music on stage was great!  Similar to the show two nights before in Portland, the band came out and had a great energy.  The crowd was enjoying it as much as they could in the little space allotted, and Mike was taking leads and dropping bombs.  Sadly many in the crowd, and most in my group, didn’t stay long enough to really enjoy it.
The first casualty in our group left after the 3rd song, and the others all followed, trickling out one after another.  These aren’t casual music fans either, these folks go to lots of shows and enjoy good music, but the venue and crowd last night was unbearable. “I’ve had enough, had to bail” was a text message I got about 25 minutes into the show.

You know the feeling when you have an aisle seat and are always shifting your upper body to let folks around/through? Well it was like that continuously throughout the entire venue no matter where you went.  There was no relief of sweaty bodies or any space to dance, even in the back.  It was mainly this reason that my friends, and many others, left early.

Mikes two sets were terrific, but I can’t help but think back two nights to the Portland gig at the Aladdin Theatre, which seemed like a much better fit venue-wise for this kind of show.  I left thinking how much I wished Mike had booked one of Seattles many Theatre venues instead of the Croc (which certainly has its place, but seemed like an odd pairing on this night).  I can only imagine tonights show at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula will be of the “Great” variety instead of what we got last night, and hopefully the Crocodile Cafe will get some things figured out for the future.  I firmly plan on going to another Croc show to compare and write another review and hope to have a blast!

Ween Announce January 2011 West Coast Run

Ween Announce January 2011 West Coast Run

Monday’s generally suck.  Monday’s at the dentist really suck.  Thankfully our very own thenaturalstoner hit me up with a text just before I hit the chair:

Ween West Coast Dates Are Posted!

That’s right folks; it’s going to be a brown January out west as Dean and Gene Ween are blessing the Pacific Time Zone with their unique blend of classic rock/alt rock/death metal/funk/jazz/punk/blues/country/polka/jam band/top 40 pop/reggae/dub-step/indie rock.  Tour dates are listed below, and you can bet your ass Reverend Justito will be raging at the Wiltern with the pride and joy of New Hope, PA.

Monday, Jan 24: Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, Jan 25: Paramount, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Jan 26: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Friday, Jan 28, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
Saturday, Jan 29, Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

While you wait for January, you can read about some 2010 Ween action right here.  From Montana to NYC, concertconfessions.com worship the BOOGNISH!

UPDATED: A Perfect Circle To Hit The Road This Fall

A Perfect Circle To Hit The Road This Fall




I tell you, rock bands need to stop announcing tours when I am stuck in traffic.  As our friends at Antiquiet, COS and countless others have all pointed out – A Perfect Circle are gearing up for a tour of the left coast.  The band (that features the bald dude from Tool and the Asian dude from The Smashing Pumpkins) will play intimate venues for multiple nights.  Each night the band will perform one of their  records from front to back.

From the band’s Twitter page.

Tweet 1: Marquee – Tempe AZ, Avalon – LA, Showbox at the Market – Seattle, The Fillmore – SF, The Pearl – Vegas. 3 nights each. Album each night.

Tweet 2: MJK, Billy, Josh Freese, James Iha, Matt McJunkins (Ashes Divide, Puscifer).

Tweet 3: Jeordie, Paz, and Troy all have awesome stuff going on that they couldn’t step away from. But all is well with them.

Dates are as follows:

11/04:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (Mer de Noms)
11/05:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (Thirteenth Step)
11/06:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (eMOTIVe)
11/08:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (Mer de Noms)
11/09:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (Thirteenth Step)
11/10:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (eMOTIVe)
11/12:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (Mer de Noms)
11/13:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (Thirteenth Step)
11/14:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (eMOTIVe)
11/16:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Mer de Noms)
11/17:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Thirteenth Step)
11/18:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (eMOTIVe)
11/20:  Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl (Mer de Noms)
11/21:  Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl (Thirteenth Step)


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