Sunday, September 23, 2007

Interlude: Apples of Williamsburg


The newly opened Music Hall of Williamsburg was last Sunday's destination, as I just couldn't pass up yet another show. I suspect I'll return to the Music Hall soon enough, as dates for Stars and The National were just announced recently, although the latter may already be sold out. The venue is located in the former space of Northsix, and is actually just a couple doors down from Galapagos. It was one of those nights where I wasn't terribly familiar with any of the bands (despite catching the Apples way back in November), so a lot of the show was simply getting a feel for each band.

The Old Soul

Toronto's The Old Soul started things off, with singer Luce Maoloni's keyboard leading the charge (fittingly, the ivories were present in all three bands). The addition of the usual guitar, bass and drum combination, along with some shaker and tambourine action, fleshed things out, and it was a blast to hear all of these elements come together for extended, jammy tracks. Luce had decent, if somewhat buried vocals, but the band was most exciting when they let loose on their instruments.

MP3: The Old Soul - Nectar of the Nitwit
MP3: The Old Soul - River of Daughters
MySpace: The Old Soul
Official Site: The Old Soul


Aqueduct pumped up the crowd immediately, as frontman David Terry exhorted the crowd to rock out, which was pretty automatic in the face of the band's raucous start. The momentum wasn't quite there by the fourth or fifth song, but things settled into what I considered a nice groove. It was a pretty standard band setup (guitars, drum, bass) with the addition of keys, but there was some nice vocal interplay between the front three members. I enjoyed myself.

MP3: Aqueduct - As You Wish
MP3: Aqueduct - Living A Lie
Official Site: Aqueduct

The Apples In Stereo

Things are pretty chaotic when the Apples in Stereo take the stage. The sextet, lead by Rob Schneider's chirpy vocals, were quite a spectacle in the small space: two keyboards, two guitars and the rhythm section. One keyboardist's getup was rather outlandish, but in the context of the band's appreciation for mathematics, sensible enough. While "Can You Feel It?" dig an impressive job of hooking itself into my consciousness for the rest of the night, I wasn't too impressed, at least compared to the crowd in front of me. As the sixth concert in ten days, perhaps I was due for a little rest, and we headed out a little after midnight, what with class later that day.

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