I think everyone who lived through the '80s can agree that there was no shortage of loud, longhaired rock bands dominating the radio and MTV. Amid the plethora of spandex-clad arena rockers like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Ratt and Bon Jovi, however, one band stood apart.
Last night, Beck Hansen made his long-awaited return to Mound City with a sold-out concert at the Pageant. Beck last played here on a tour supporting his album "Midnite Vultures" in January of 2000. Bill Clinton was still president, the iPod's debut was almost two years away and we had all somehow just survived Y2K (phew!)
Australian guitar virtuoso John Butler stopped at the Pageant on Wednesday night, along with bassist Byron Luiters and drummer/percussionist Grant Gerathy, who round out the John Butler Trio. Butler, a former busker from the small city of Fremantle in Perth, Australia, is touring in support of his band's recently released sixth album, "Flesh & Blood."
Glasgow, Scotland's Chvrches have needed little assistance in emerging as a mainstream contemporary electronic dance-rock monolith.
The creative process can be arduous. Without the right elements, working an internal dialogue into a malleable mass of creative genius can feel wrong. It takes time. It takes a curative flair. Bands like Local Natives understand the ingredients that go into records anointed with emotions that settle deeper than the soul, and it's why why people go see bands like Local Natives.
"You should have seen that girl go shaky at the knees," sang Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley halfway through the Portland, Ore. band's set. His words proved applicable to more than doting young girls; they illuminated the reactions of every Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers fan at the Pageant on Saturday night.