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August 6, 2001
At The Wetlands
New York, NY

by Meredith Goldberg
August 9, 2001

As soon as I heard about this show, I knew it would be a good one. The Ataris, No Motiv and Autopilot Off for only five dollars, how could that be bad. At the last minute, there was another band added to the bill, The Line. Four bands for five dollars, now that's awesome!

The Line played an unusually long and boring set. It's not that they were necessarilty bad, but I was just too excited to see the other bands playing to care about them. They got the crowd going, and that was cool.

Then Autopilot Off went on. I got to stand on stage during APO's set, thanks to Chris Hughes, their guitarist, who is a really nice guy. APO opened with their three songs from their split CD with Slick shoes, "Spring Training," "Silver Star," and "Clockwork". These are my favorite songs by them and they rarely play all three live, so that was the highlight of their set for me. APO are taking a break from touring for a while, so this was my last opportunity to see them for a very long time. APO is a great band, and I was very happy that I got to see them.

Next up was No Motiv. No Motiv played a pretty good set. They opened with "Celebrate" which is a really great song. Their song "The waiting hurt" that they played was one of the best songs I have ever seen a band play live. They aren't quite the most unique sounding band, but they are still very good. They played a really enjoyable set.

Last, but not least, was The Ataris. Ataris opened with what I think is their best song, "I won't spend another night alone." Ataris played such old favorites like, "My so called life" and Your boyfriend sucks." One of the best songs they played as far as crowd response goes, was "Teenage Riot," which was an incredible song to see played live. At the end of their set Kris Roe set his guitar on fire and then broke it into pieces for people in the crowd. I was right by the stage to see that, and it was great Even though I am not a huge fan of theirs, they were very impressive live.

The show as a whole was very good. I had a great time and it was obvious that everyone else that went to the show had fun too!

Meredith Goldberg is a Contributing Writer. Contact her at meredith@rockzone.com.

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