Bowling For Soup, American Hi-Fi, Riddlin’ Kids, MC Lars / Irving Plaza / March 31, 2005
Spotted in the VIP section: James Murphy, Diplo, Pharrell, several Fader and Vice staffers, Carlos D, Karen O, Drew n Fab, Jean Grae.
Sike! Not surprisingly, the VIP section was the least crowded I’ve ever seen it. That’s because any self-conscious scene-maker wouldn’t be caught dead at a concert like this. Your loss, folks. It was the best show I’ve been to this year. Funnier than Goldie Lookin Chain, more energetic than the Go! Team, better mosh pit than LCD at SXSW.
I’m going to be brief, because I’m reviewing the show for the Voice, and some things that were talked about during that NAJP panel have made me paranoid about plagiarizing myself.
We all know how I feel about MC Lars. (Although, contrary to what a certain music editor wrote in a certain free alt weekly, I am NOT in love with him!) He did pretty much the same set as the Mercury Lounge show, although Bowling For Soup came up and played “Signing Emo” with him.
Riddlin’ Kids were eh. The crowd was not feeling them and neither was I.
American Hi-Fi have hipster haircuts but their hearts bleed Warped Tour. Apparently they are just as popular as Bowling For Soup. Who knew?
Bowling For Soup are my favorite pop-punk band right now. Their new single, “Almost,” is like the Sistine Chapel of bubble-rock, so perfectly executed I can hardly believe it was crafted by mere humans. I think I’m going to try to convince Pitchfork to let me write about it. (Oh man, can you imagine the fallout from that?!) They thanked the fans over and over and over again, and boy did they mean it. As the frontman said, “This is the first time we’ve played in
Postscript: Read my Voice review here.