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Show Tonight: Art Brut
Now that I'm back from my trip and working even harder than before, I'm not going to get to do many fun things aside from the everyday domestic sort. But I can justify seeing shows that pertain to my work. That means that I'll be at The Fall show at Club Congress on Saturday -- a day that happens to be Willie Mays, Sigmund Freud, and Orson Welles's birthday, incidentally -- and at the Art Brut show tonight at Plush.

I imagine that many of my readers have some passing familiarity with The Fall, one of the only acts born of punk's first generation that has managed to remain vital without ever becoming -- or perhaps because they never became -- truly successful in a record-store sense. Together with The Ex, which I wrote about last year for Tikkun and The Mekons, they have managed to demonstrate the virtues of slogging away in spite of indifference. Their music ranges widely and is suffused with an aura of I-don't-care-what-you-want experimentation that perfectly frames the bitter greens of lead Fall guy Mark E. Smith's wordplay. You should go.

But you might have a better time at the Art Brut show. This is the band's first time playing in Tucson. Their album doesn't get released in the States until May 23rd. And they're supposed to put on a great live show. tropicopolitan's account of seeing them at this year's Coachella festival has further amped up my excitement. I know that Islands, the sequel to the Unicorns, is playing tonight at Congress. I'm willing to bet, though, that more bliss will be had at Plush, both because of Art Brut's performance-friendly songs -- Annie Holub's feature in this week's Tucson Weekly gives a nice sense of Art Brut's low-fi charms -- and because Plush is a way better venue for live music these days.

I put Art Brut's debut album on the car stereo a few months back and Skylar took to it immediately. She particularly likes the second track, "My Little Brother," which I'm making available as an advertisement for the show. It's ridiculously simple and fun, fun, fun. You can also download tracks with the band's blessings, if you like. I should point out that the song I've provided should not be regarded as exemplary. The music is typical, but the lyrics are not. Indeed, since Art Brut songs cover everything from erectile dysfunction to David Hockney to the New Musical Express, it would be very difficult to find lyrics that are typical. Suffice it to say that Art Brut keep company with the Arctic Monkeys at the leading edge of neo-punk Brit wit. I like Art Brut better, though, both from a musical and a lyrical standpoint. So you should go to tonight's show too. See you there.

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Current Location: 85704
Mode: "It's making me wait"
Muse: My Little Brother - Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll

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From: tropicopolitan Date: May 3rd, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Modern art makes me want to rock out.

Like I said, I'm jealous...when I briefly contemplated driving down to San Diego for their show last night, I realized that I am completely smitten.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Modern art makes me want to rock out.

I'd go see them in Phoenix, which is as far for me as San Diego is for you.
From: marcegoodman Date: May 3rd, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, see you there. Your enthusiasm has won me over again - even at the likely expense of my attendance at The Fall show. So I hope we can toast your birthday a few days avant la lettre. I'm aiming to be there for the opening bands.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yay! See you there.
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