The Black Lips at Webster Hall
Going to a Black Lips show is the funnest form of outpatient surgery in existence. The music is way better than any doctor's office for one thing. As for the hour-long procedure whereby dozens of elbows are inserted into your ribs and guts... well, it's worth it. I do wish the venue had turned on the audience lights though. I guess they were trying to be "spooky" for Halloween or something. Yeah right. The only frightening thing at this venue is the cost of a gin-and-tonic.
Vivian Girls at Webster Hall
That first photo makes Vivian Girls look like a metal band or something. There was more rock-n-roll to their sound that I had expected based on what I had heard in the past. Their 50s girl-group influences are obvious but the overall sound was fuller and heavier than I expected. They had kind of a surf-rock thing going on a couple of songs. Nice!
Yellow Dogs at Webster Hall
This was one great show from beginning to end. On my way in to the venue I got to see Eric Davidson (of New Bomb Turks) get carded by the door guy (hint for door guy: he's 40-something). I finally saw Webster Hall proper, not just the Studio. And of all things: an opening act which was actually cool! Yellow Dog are a "post-punk", "indie rock", "modern whatever" band which means they play hard rock but are not pretentious or silly. They just rock.