[Concert Reviews] 1st Fall 2017 Review Compilation

This review compilation format is working out better than I thought! Considering the sheer volume of photos I take at concerts (366 photos, totalling 1.02GB), it’s easy just to upload my favorite photos from each band to TwitterInstagram has a terrible, mobile-only upload format, so I infrequently post there. It’s just too bad I took too many gambles on shows with only a few actually being worth attending. Guess you gotta give everything a go…

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Average Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [58 of 105 possible stars]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
[@]: Tweeted photo, thoughts

Beck at Marymoor

Alex Edelman [@]
Terrible comedian. Wheelchair joke didn’t land. The audience barely laughed.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

Beck [@]
Wasted time. Poorly mixed bass, except near the sound booth.
Bias: Loved Güero, singles
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]

Aloha at Darrell’s

Liquid Light Wizard [@]
Mesmerizing effect of water, in various colors, projected onto screens.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

The ‘Verb [@]
Fun surf rock hindered by cluttered song structures and melodies.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Aloha Screwdriver [@] []
Rippin’ surf rock with dynamic stage presence. Laser gun capo!
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

The Fentons [@]
Fun uptempo country band. Played late; I’d see them again.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Out at Market

Larry & His Flask [@]
Style over substance. Quit trying to showing off. Just perform!
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

Strung Out [@] [@]
Excellent punk rock. My highlights: technical drumming and vibrant singing.
Bias: Seen thrice now
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Reverend Horton Heat [@]
Mechanical, boring performance without any motivation or energy. No showmanship.
Bias: Enjoy studio albums
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Against at Market

Dirty Nil [@]
The singer popping bubblegum between songs was the best part.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

Bleached [@]
Forgettable pop punk that could use better melodies, technical practice.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

Against Me! [@]
Decent punk rock set that saved an otherwise mediocre evening.
Bias: Dug some albums
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Lacuna at Market

Elantris [@]
Comparing recent openers, they have potential. Energetic and engaging enough.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Insomnium [@]
Good with solid stage presence. Catchy melodies, just nothing memorable.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Lacuna Coil [@]
Excellent performance, even if they’re not really progressive rock anymore.
Bias: Fan since around 2002
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Epica [@]
Not that epic. Singing wasn’t as memorable as other bands.
Bias: Liked some songs
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Boys at Fair

Beach Boys [@]
Not as lively that lively, though livelier than others here.
Bias: Totally timeless tunes
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

NOFX at Drublic

Goldfinger [@]
Still a fun punk rock set apart with solid musicianship.
Bias: Dug at Warped
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Less Than Jake [@]
Fun ska punk. Launching balloons, blowing toilet paper, were exciting.
Bias: Hadn’t heard much
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Bad Religion [@]
Fun pop punk. Entertaining melodies justify hype; could use variety.
Bias: DigSorrow” [‘Taxi]
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

NOFX [@]
Sloppy fun punk. Endured amp problems for a rad show.
Bias: Dug once before
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Pre-show Market shot

Hidden preview: I’ll build out this review compilation format for other things, first, whittling away at my videogame backlog. I’ll play 30 minute chunks of games then tweet micro-reviews of my thoughts.

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