Saturday, October 20, 2007

Modern 'til Midnight

The exhibit and the music at The Modern this Friday were both pretty good. The too realistic pieces on display on Ron Mueck were awe inspiring and worth checking out if you ever get the chance.

The surprise of the night was little know Sleeping States out of London. Their use of off-beat electronic devices like a portable T.V., radios, and toys gave their sound extra layers that fit in perfectly. The drumming was a bit off, but it wasn't too out of place with the feedback. I can't wait to hear more from them.

I had heard tales of Peter & The Wolf's live shows that ranged from good to bad, but I was ready to hear their warming songs on the cold grass of the sculpture garden at The Modern by the time they took the stage. They were dead on this performance and played pretty solidly. They are around pretty often, being from Austin and all, so we will probably be covering them next time they come around.

St. Vincent was obviously the performance that everyone was there to see. She is the darling child of the Dallas scene and everyone was looking up at her with such admiration as she took the stage, all by herself this time. Despite always being on top of her act, her set was riddled with problems stemming from her electronic trigger pad on the floor. Being the trooper that she is, she chatted with the audience and apologized several times for her technological difficulties. She even brought out some covers, including the beautiful version of Nico's These Days, which is probably one of my favorite covers by anybody. Her album material shines even more when it is stripped down and she is playing several parts all by herself. You can get the whole set here at

Sleeping States

Peter & The Wolf

St. Vincent

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