Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Best Bootlegs

Every year at this time come the endless lists of best of the year.
I also decided to choose the 30 best 2017 concerts published in the blog.
It´s merely my opinion... I hope you enjoy the list.

Closing out the festival was King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who dedicated their set to the late Charles Bradley. If a recorded track didn’t already make you stop and think twice about the Australian psych rockers, their live show will, as it’s an absolutely mental psychedelic space odyssey. There is nothing quite like the septet, and part of their uniqueness comes from their setup of two drummers, two bassists, and Stu Mackenzie flute moments. At first glance, their performance is absolute mayhem, but look a little closer and you’ll discover the most genius, orchestrated chaos.

No reasonable member of any audience on this current War on Drugs jaunt would claim that they weren’t the consummate rock and roll band; they’re incredibly tight and compositionally generous. Whether or not they could put together a set that relied a little more on urgency and a little less on Les Paul noodling is, of course, another issue entirely. But that’s an argument for next time. For now, if you’re after soaring heartland rock, Granduciel is your man.

I describe The National as a healthy dose of melancholic euphoria, with their live shows placing a strong emphasis on the latter. Frontman Matt Berninger’s catalogue of twitches and gesticulations channeled a Monster-era Michael Stipe, while the enhanced lighting patterns and huge, colorful LED screens beautifully framed the production so fans at the back of the venue weren’t made to wait until Berninger’s signature deep-crowd foray for entertainment. Additional percussion, as well as a two-man wind section, were drafted in to provide greater depth to the sound. In just under two hours the band played all but two tracks off new album Sleep Well Beast, and covered Forest Hills royalty The Ramones “The KKK took my baby away” before the traditional singalong closer of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.”


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