The Spinto Band at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 11/16/2008

Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City I had the chance of seeing The Spinto Band on the last show of their lengthy international tour. Never have I seen such an outburst of energy like that on stage. In one word, it was astonishing. The Spinto Band are extremely tight on stage even when they whipped out the kazoos for ‘Brown Boxes.’

The band kicked off the show with ‘Summer Grof’ which was an unexpected surprise. Nick Krill’s and Thomas Hughes’ vocals compliment each other even more so live than they do on their records. The Spintos really had the whole place dancing, and not only is their playing tight, but their harmonies are absolutely extraordinary. Somehow they double the perfection of their albums when they are on stage, and how they manage to do that, I’ll never know. From one song to the next, The Spinto Band delivered the goods from the mandolin of ‘Oh Mandy’ and beyond. I can’t wait until The Spinto Band comes back to New York City again. They are literally one of the best bands out there today.

The Setlist:

Summer Grof
Brown Boxes
Needlepoint
Later On
Vivian, Don’t
Mountains
Cat’s Pajamas
They All Laughed
Late
Oh Mandy
Pumpkin’s and Paisley
Black Flag
Direct to Helmet

CHECK OUT 3 VIDEOS of The SPINTO BAND from the Bowery over at my Vimeo

Check out more live photos of The Spinto Band at the Bowery after the Jump
Also check them out on their Myspace

BONUS: Tomorrow I will be posting my interview with The Spinto Band from Sunday night! So keep an eye out for that!

Langhorne Slim “Restless”

Over the past few months I have heard the name Langhorne Slim more than any other.  The name really grabs your attention at first. It makes you want to find out what the deal with this guy is, right? Then you hear Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles, and it blows your mind. Slim is almost like a mixture of Ryan Adams during the Whiskeytown era with a dab or Elvis Perkins in Deerland and a sprinkle of Ryan Adams’ ‘Gold’.  I have a few favorite tracks off of Langhorne’s album, especially the infectious ‘Diamonds and Gold’, but recently I have a new favorite growing on me, ‘Restless’. If you missed their performance on Letterman, I suggest you go and check it out. Its really something brilliant. It gives you a whole new appreciation to the song.

Langhorne Slim is on an extensive tour including two stops in New York City. This Friday 10/10 at the Bowery at Saturday 10/11 at The Williamsburg Music Hall. If you’re in the area, I urge you to check out Langhorne in concert. It will blow your mind.

Check out Langhorne Slim and their tourdates on Myspace
Download the MP3 for Restless