Wednesday, 27 May 2009

EZ3kiel vs Hint - Le Fil - May 27th 2009

Band : EZ3kiel vs Hint
Venue : Le Fil
City (country) : Saint Etienne (France)
Date : May 27th 2009
Grade : 4/5
Setlist :

Comments : Tonight was the first show of a 10-date tour. None of us really knew what to expect of this live collaboration. The result was a very powerful performance. Both bands were together on stage and alternately played each other's songs. The show started with a great version of Hint's "100% White Puzzle". A pretty good evening, except for a couple of crowd-surfers and the naked, dancing dude who climbed on stage during EZ3kiel's "Versus".

Saturday, 23 May 2009

The Psychic Paramount - Batho Tempel - May 23rd 2009

Band : The Psychic Paramount
Venue : Batho Tempel
City (country) : Saint Etienne (France)
Date : May 23rd 2009
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Comments : It was a nice surprise to learn that tonight's show would be a free concert held at an artist's loft (although we never quite figured out what kind of "art" was made there). The atmosphere at the venue was cool and despite the long delays and the smoke-saturated air, it was a fun evening. The show was good and the encore amazing.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Psychic TV - Ex Marché De Gros - May 20th 2009

Band : Psychic TV
Venue : Ex Marché De Gros (Nuits Sonores)
City (country) : Lyon (France)
Date : May 20th 2009
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

Comments : Psychic TV is one of my favorite bands, so despite the jetlag and my profound dislike of the general ambiance at the Nuits Sonores festival (body search at the entry, no camera policy etc.), I travelled to Lyon to see them again. I must admit I was slightly disappointed with the setlist. Although it included a great cover of The Velvet Underground's "Foggy Notion", I found it less exciting than the last time I saw them in Paris 5 years ago. Still, Gen seemed to be in better spirits than at last month's TG tour. Overall, a really great show as expected.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Ukrainian Federation - May 15th 2009

Band : Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Venue : Ukrainian Federation
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : May 15th 2009
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
I Won't Ask Again
Cursed Sleep
There Is Something I Have To Say
Give Me Children
Heart's Arms
A Minor Place
Strange Form Of Life
After I Made Love To You
Lay And Love
Turning Point
Grand Dark Feeling Of Emptiness
Hard Life
Death Final
Gulf Shores
Club Mekon
How About Thank You
No Bad News
Easy Does It

Comments : Several of my friends who were there with me called tonight's concert the show of the year. I would not go this far, but still a nice one. Will & his band, featuring Jim White on the drums, played for almost 2 hours. 

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Mogwai - Metropolis - May 3rd 2009

Band : Mogwai
Venue : Metropolis
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : May 3rd 2009
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
Scotland's Shame
Travel Is Dangerous
Killig All The Flies
I Love You, I'm Going To Blow Your School
I'm Jim Morrison I'm Dead
Small Children In The Background
Hunted By A Freak
Mogwai Fear Satan
Thank You Space Expert
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
Like Herod

Comments : Tonight's concert was rescheduled from September. Although very good, tonight's concert was not the best Mogwai show I have seen. Highlights of the evening were a really great version of "Mogwai Fear Satan" and excellent encores "Like Herod" and "Batcat".