Tuesday, May 24, 2011

White Lies with Asobi Seksu at Antone's

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you have seen me posting about tonight's White Lies show at Antone's already. However, if you someone missed all of that then you should be made aware that tickets are still available for tonight's show and I really feel like you should make an effort to get down to 5th street for this show. White Lies' latest LP, Ritual, is dramatic, moody, slightly-synthesized rock 'n roll. I expect it will bring out the goth-kids, the anglo-philiacs as well as both the skinny-jean wearing AND skinny-tie wearing hipsters. In other words even if my description of White Lies' sound wasn't appealing to you, the people-watching should most definitely intrigue you. Also, whenever a band comes from another country to perform for you, you should go see them because they might be traveling around Texas with weed on this tour, which means their visas will be revoked and it will be a lot harder for them to tour here NEXT time.

White Lies - 'Ritual' Sampler video via YouTube

Playing the opening slot for White Lies is, New York band, and Bloggy-highlight band from SXSW 2011, Asobi Seksu. I saw Asobi Seksu during SXSW and their set was LOUD, shoe-gazy, beautiful and, to use a buzz-word, rapturous. Their latest LP, Fluorescence builds upon the sound they've been developing for years with bad-ass driving drums, swirling guitar sounds, female vocals and propulsive bass guitar. They're not, necessarily, an ideal match-up for a White Lies show, as they rock harder than White Lies but I don't think that has to be a bad thing. I just hope Asobi Seksu wins over lots of new fans tonight at Antone's. By the way, I don't mean to imply that Asobi is better than White Lies when I say they rock harder, I just mean their music is more driving than moody. Although, it certainly has moody elements as well.

Asobi Seksu - Trails video via YouTube

In my experience everything is completely done at Antone's by midnight so make sure you roll up early to catch full sets by both band. Doors are scheduled to open at 8p and this is an all-ages show, so if you're stuck babysitting tonight, that's no excuse you can bring the kids.