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The question is simple, what are your guys favorite live acts that you have seen?
mid-range: Franz Ferdinand, Maxïmo Park, The Futureheads, Sigur Ros, The Hives
smaller acts: This Et Al, Les Incompetents, Larrikin Love (all 3 RIP); more recently Dananananaykroyd and Pulled Apart By Horses have been added to that list
I cut my musical teeth in mid-2000s indie, it was always going to reflect in who I've seen live
you said they were your favourite live acts. Have you not seen better than that? The Futureheads? Really? Larrikin Love were fucking awful.
Larrikin Love weren't that great themselves but I had an awesome time for different reasons, hence the one time I saw them sticks in the mind as great fun.
I'm sure now I've left boarding school I'll be able to expand my musical horizons live to mirror changes on record in the past 18 months in a way that the restrictive nature of education has thus far studented; as it stands however, the vast majority of gigs I've been to occurred between the age of 13 and 16, hence my relatively narrow, and festival-dominated, list.
scrotum and cumface are arguing.
Dan Deacon Ensemble
going by the 3 times i've seen them.
from the last few years, for me probably:
Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pissed Jeans, Ox Scapula, My Disco
that was BRILLIANT. admittedly the other times ive seen them i havent been massively impressed.
sounded fucking horrendous!
so i'm not totally anti-No Age, i just think they're terrible live.
but like how much fun it is, a lot of their songs are just made to be enjoyed live.
david thomas broughton,
A Hawk And A Hacksaw.
aaaand Alice Coltrane.
Which one doesn't fit?
and any Nick Cave-related shows.
against all the odds.
last two Latitudes he has been a true highlight
and in no particular order...
Super Furry Animals
The Hold Steady
Trail of Dead
The Wedding Present
Alice Cooper (still dont own a single thing by him, but his Reading festival performance in 1987 was incredible)
Echo and the Bunnymen
Half Man Half Biscuit
British Sea Power
but the last few times they've been dull as dishwater to be honest.
best live band I've seen in years
the rest were good, but noone stands out in ym memory like them
The last 2 times I've seen them they've been a sheer joy to watch. Always left wanting more.
Abe Vigoda. They have killed it each time.
Rage Against The Machine
Godspeed You Black Emperor
Stars of the Lid
All the above left with a 'Wow' feeling afterwards
you've seen Sleep. I second Melvins actually. They go on my list.
MBV and GSYBE must be the best abbreviated shows ever. jealous.
i'd have to say:
Converge in 2006
Rage Against The Machine in 2008
Explosions In The Sky in 2008
Mogwai in 2006
Oceansize in 2008
Biffy in 2003
Mono in 2006
at Dour, they were really fun to watch live I'd agree. Not sure if I really liked the music that much. It might have been because I'd watched Dillinger escape plan very recently and they couldn't touch them!
from some descriptions and reasons. Seriously.
Gang Gang Dance
loads and loads and loads
when i say missed, they didn't play leeds, the date got cancelled.
They're totally intense and insanely good
A perfect circle
The Beta Band, so much better live than on record and always had a nice fan base leading to good gig atmosphere.
Radiohead are pretty special live also but that's a given
Morrissey, probably the best gig atmosphere ever
The Streets first gig at Barrowlands was a bit bloody good also
SFA (not so much lately though)
The Beta Band
. . . but also:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (F#A# tour with Sigour Ros supporting)
Sonic Youth (Manchester Academy, 1996)
Hole (Live Through This tour)
Mogwai (especially back at the start, around 4 Satin era)
Idlewild, but yes, way back when.
And you will know us by the trail of dead...
Melvins were pretty good too (although it may have been because I didn't really know what to expect)
The Hold Steady
The Spinto Band
Levellers (Circa early/mid 90s.....PHENOMENAL FUN, SRSLY!)
Weezer (Twice in 95')
Rocket From The Crypt
Idlewild (Circa 'Captain/Hope/Windows)
Queens of the Stone Age
As one off's - Sleep are probably the winners.
Same with Shit and Shine as well.
And So I watch You From Afar
I haven't had that much fun since my first Disneyland trip as a youngen. Congo lines with the band, extremely tight, tons of mixture, horns!, rappers, turn-tables, the trombone dude just standing in place doing the sex movement with his hips the whole time, every culture represented in one band, everyone dancing regardless of skill level, great voices, honeys everywhere. Oh, and I met my wife there :)
Comets on Fire
G-Love & Special Sauce
Nick Cave (circa No More Shall We Part)
Special Glastonbury mentions to Pulp ('95) & The Flaming Lips ('00)
Loads of fun, his spoken word and/or rap sets are always great.
But also Arcade Fire.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
My Morning Jacket
Trail of Dead
Aphex Twin live
DJ Shadow (old stuff when he was good)
I'm guessing GYBE and Boards of Canada would be up there but I've not had the pleasure!
but special mention must go to Andrew WK. I can't imagine him ever playing a bad show, if you come to party he will oblige and then some.
I've never gone to see them but I saw their DVD for the Silent Shout tour and it is some nutty shit.
i'd really like to see the full dan deacon ensemble in action.
Future Of The Left
Faith No More (circa '92/93)
Nine Inch Nails
The Flaming Lips
Consistently they've been great every time I've seen them. The first time on the White Pony tour in 2000 is still one of my all-time favourite gigs.
Mogwai have never failed to amaze me live.
I'll agree with the many and say Nick Cave, in various different set-ups. Bad Seeds full line up is great, Grinderman were amazing and his "solo" tour with Warren etc was one of the best shows I've ever seen.
biffy clyro / marmaduke duke a couple of years ago
this will destroy you
Rocket From The Crypt (1995)
The Jesus Lizard (1994 & 2009)
MC5 with Mark Arm at ATP NBC 2006
Deerhoof have been great the 3 times I've seen them
plus loads of others that I can't think of right now
Among both areas:
Marilyn Manson (years ago, seems shit live now)
Pulled Apart By Horses
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Every Time I Die
Hell Is For Heroes
Nine Inch Nails
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Protest The Hero
Faith No More
I know I'll think of more as soon as I post this, but for so many years I went to so many gigs so its somethimes hard to remember
King Khan & The Shrines
David Bowie (glasto headline slot) Insanely good greatest hits set.
Lift to experience
Spiritualized (royal albert hall)
Any Nick Cave show
Pet shop boys
My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth
Bjork (Manchester Apollo) once circa Homogenic, once cerca Volta
Gossip (Mancehster Roadhouse) 1st SITWOC tour
Moldy Peaches (Manchester Roadhouse) 2002
The Whip - Every damn time i've seen them ( ihope their next album will chanel their live energy, XMarks Destination is a bit of a damp squib).
Nine Inch Nails (Manchester Apollo) Feb 07