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w/ Piebald, Lost City Angels
April 23, 2002
Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

Meredith Goldberg
Contributing Writer
Alkaline Trio (file photo from: Vagrant Records

Since this show took extra long to get started, about one and a half hours after doors opened, the anticipation for the first band to go on was very high. This show was bound to be a good one.

The first band on was Lost City Angels. They have played with many bands that I like previously to this show, so I was looking forward to seeing what they were all about. There didn't really seem to be anything special about this band. They were not bad musically, but their vocals didn't seem to match with their music very well. There was one point during their set that some people started throwing things at them, which was very rude and uncalled for.

The next band to take the stage was Piebald. Everytime that I see Piebald, I like them more than the last. They played such favorites as "American Hearts", "Grace Kelly With Wings", and "We Believe in Karma". "King of the Road", "Long Nights", and "Just a Simple Plan" were a few played from their newest album We Are The Only Friends We Have. One funny part of their set was when in-between songs someone from the crowd yelled out to them "Play Weezer" and they yelled back "Fuck Weezer...You play Weezer".

After many bottles of beer and their equipment were set up on stage for them, it was finally time for Alkaline Trio to play their set. From the beginning of their set, right through the end of it, their microphones were not loud enough, so it was very hard to hear their vocals. There were times during their set when you couldn't even tell what song they were playing, because let's face it, many of their songs sound a lot a like, and without the distinction of each song's lyrics it can be hard to tell the difference between some of their songs. Despite all of this they played a great set including songs such as, "Private Eye", "Crawl", "Clavicle", "She Took Him to the Lake", "I Lied My Face Off", "My Friend Peter", "Nose Over Tail" and many more.

Despite any technical or crowd difficulties that occurred, this show was extremely good. The Bowery Ballroom is one of the best venues in New York City. I only wish that shows as good as this one would come there more often.


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