The Globes @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 10.11.10

The Globes @ The Luminary Center for the Arts - 10.11.10

Congrats to The Globes, being the first band to have been photographed twice since I set up this site. Last time, they were opening for Maps & Atlases. This time around, it was for Menomena. Something seemed different this time, a little darker, a little edgier. Whatever the case, I heard a lot of comments in the crowd and the next day complementing The Globes’ set.

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Tu Fawning @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 10.11.10

Tu Fawning @ The Luminary Center - 10.11.10

Portland’s Tu Fawning started their set with all four members playing the tambourine, immediately drawing the line in the sand. I’m not really even sure how I’d classify their sound, feeling something like ancient spirituals somehow being channeled through modern instruments. And the crowd awaiting Menomena was either with them or confused by them.

By the end of their set, I was completely with them. It was definitely something unique, even though I really can’t describe why. But at the end of the night, Tu Fawning’s set was the one I enjoyed the most.

Opening for Menomena at The Luminary Center for the Arts.

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Menomena @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 10.11.10

Menomena @ The Luminary Center - 10.11.10

I knew folks were excited for the Menomena show at The Luminary Center, but I definitely didn’t expect such a large crowd to turnout on a Monday evening. Maybe diehard fans were dying to see their first appearance back in town since 2007 (at the Billiken Club). Maybe some were newbies like me, curious to check them out after listening to their most recent album, Mines. But judging by the enthusiastic response at the end of their set, it didn’t matter which camp you originally fell into – you still came out as a fan at the end.

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Javelin @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 8.5.10

Javelin @ The Luminary Center for the Arts - 8.5.10

Representing Brooklyn and their party-jam attitude, the duo Javelin littered the stage with painted and broken boom boxes, very fitting of the high-energy sound they were about to unleash onto the Luminary Center. Retro hip-hop, glossy pop, electro beats, backing 80s/90s video snippets and even kazoo solos somehow were distilled into digestible tracks, but the key ingredient was the pair’s energy. Singer Tom Van Buskirk barely stopped moving, taking every opportunity to jump and move around. And drummer George Langford’s arms never seemed to stop hitting something, whether it be drum pads or cowbells. Looking for something to get you moving? Check out their most recent album, No Mas.

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Warpaint @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 8.5.10

Warpaint @ The Luminary Center for the Arts - 8.5.10

I like shows like this – ones where I have absolutely no idea what to expect from a band. Before entering the Luminary Center, I had no idea what the LA quartet Warpaint sounded like. The RFT said “haunting dreampsych.” Someone else said “The GoGos on a boatload of quaaludes” (in a good way). Either way, I was incredibly impressed from the very first song. Such an interesting blend of beauty and intensity, danceability and out-there musical exploration.

The new album doesn’t drop until October. I can’t wait.

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Light Pollution @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 7.30.10

Light Pollution @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 7.30.10

Chicago’s Light Pollution opened the evening at The Luminary Center for the Arts, playing a set before Cults went on. A pair of busted tires delayed the show, but I was already running late and only managed to catch the very last song of their set. So unfortunately not much to say. How about a few pictures to make up for the lack of words?

More pics after the jump. Pick up their new album, Apparitions. Hopefully I’ll catch them the next time they roll through town.

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Bear In Heaven @ The Luminary Center for the Arts } 7.31.10

Day 2 of probably my most anticipated back-to-back concerts this summer. The night before, we had a great concert by Cults (check out that set here) and as great as that was, the Brooklyn group Bear In Heaven put on possibly the best show I’ve seen this summer. The dark and hypnotic melodies and thumping beats matched the killed lights punctuated by strobes. Their latest album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, wasn’t an album I expected to pick up or enjoy, but it’s quietly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year, and to hear its songs played with such intensity live only helps to cement its place on my Top 10 list at year-end. Those who keep tabs on me during shows know this old man usually takes off before most concerts end. This time around, I stuck around for the whole thing, even waiting a few minutes, just to have the chance to shake Jon Philpot’s hand and tell him thanks for coming through STL.

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