Saturday, March 6, 2010

Individual Musical Notes

I am still buzzing about some musical acts I have seen this past week. The Russian band Mumiy Troll performed on Craig Ferguson's show on CBS, which is far and away the best American talk show ("chat show" to those abroad). They are performing a very brief tour here in the States, with dates in Manhattan on March 10th, Saratoga Springs, NY on the 11th, L.A. on the 14th, and Austin, TX on the 19th.

On the spur of the moment (for me, deciding to see a show three days ahead of time is spur of the moment), I went to see a concert in Philadelphia's Trocadero Theatre, a former vaudeville and burlesque hot spot that originally opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870. The headlining act was Kreator, a German extreme thrash band that put on a very energetic, frenetic show. However, the highlight of the evening for me was the "main" opening act, Voivod, a French-Canadian progressive thrash band that had not toured the U.S. in seven years. Here is the band performing from that very night a cover of Pink Floyd's 60s acid tune, Astronomy Domine.