[21 Concert Reviews] 2nd Fall 2017 Review Compilation

Attending concerts is therapeutic for me. When all goes well, I’m permanently motivated! Even when I must invent a new rating variable to express my contempt toward a performance, it’s usually worth the inconvenience of leaving my comfort zone to hang out with old friends, meet new acquaintances, or encounter interesting side stories. Seeing a leashed dog at a show was weird and that it wasn’t obviously a service or therapy dog was weirder still…

Not concert décor…

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] [54 of 105 possible stars, 51%]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
[@]: Photo, thoughts

Flatfoot at Corazón

Acid Teeth [@]
Fun, old school punk. Raw energy. Just need their musical niche.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Hilltop Rats [@]
Decent punk band with potential; also need to find their niche.
Bias: Skipped at Drublic
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Get Dead [@]
Roused the audience without provocation. Indecisively between melodic and garage punk.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Flatfoot 56 [@]
Riotous audience! Catchy, substantial Celtic punk. Top notch with some more polish.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Agent Orange [@]
Fun surf punk; technical guitar work, raunchy punk. Too much banter.
Bias: Dug their discography
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Buckethead at Showbox

Buckethead [@]
Expected just guitar soloing. Instead, saw an electrifying jazz rock trio collaboration.
Bias: Fan for years
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Trio at Corazón

Screature [@]
Cool darkwave punk band; great drumming. Might just need more memorable songs.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Ghost Train Trio [@]
Great rockabilly band, solid musicianship, with revved up pop songs.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Raw Dogs [@]
Psychobilly band that favor style over substance. They’ve improving their musicianship.
Bias: Seen thrice now?
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Die Nasty [@]
Energetic punk with maybe too much of an old school vibe?
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Nekromantix [@]
Fun psychobilly band. Couldn’t compete with their more energetic and catchier openers.
Bias: Dig HorrorPops, psychobilly
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Gizzard at Neptune

Tropical Fuck Storm [@]
Mindblowing atmospheric drone song, unfortunately, bookended with generic pop punk.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard [@]
When focused, erupted into explosive acid rock.
Bias: Dig some albums
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Interrupters at Corazón

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]

Such a terrible pop band that I had to invent a new rating variable. They temporarily demotivated me from attending concerts.
Rating: ☠ [6/5]

The Interrupters
Acceptable ska punk.
Bias: Dug their albums
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Creepshow at Funhouse

The Glaring [@]
Fun punk. Could explode past “local openers” by developing musical complexity.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Dreadful Children [@]
Started off frenetically. Tapered down without catchy punk riffs for support.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Stoned Evergreen Travelers [@]
Ripping folk punk with a keen fiddler. Showed significant improvement.
Bias: Saw before, 2-star
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

Sammy K
Generic rock played too loudly. Walked out to save my hearing.
Bias: No preconceived notions
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

The Creepshow [@]
Consistently one of the best psychobilly bands in the punk game.
Bias: 4th 5-star performance
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

The dog certainly wasn’t there of its own volition, like Biquette the goat watching Wormrot. Without a service jacket, it was probably just some egotistical individual parading their dog around. Still, it was memorable; maybe thought-provoking?

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.