I already posted about Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, and The Builders and The Butchers at the House of Blues on October 20, so if I'm gonna do this sequentially, I'll jump to Wednesday night. While most of my friends were at the sold out Grizzly Bear show at Belly Up, I was more interested in Noah & The Whale and Robert Francis at the Casbah, but it was certainly obvious that the former affected attendance at the latter.
I'd been hearing a lot of buzz about Robert Francis, and after seeing him, it was obvious why. His hearttfelt songs were still gritty enough to give him an edge. The show was just a day after the CD was released and his excitement was palatable. This particular song struck me, and I was glad he'd taken my suggestion to turn off the fan.
I saw Noah & The Whale at Coachella and remembered being bummed that I missed most of their set, so for this show I was right up front to soak it all in, especially because their new record, The First Days of Spring, had been playing incessantly on my stereo since it's release on October 6. The band certainly delivered a stellar performance. They joked that they'd gone to the zoo while in town, but then were attacked by a Grizzly Bear, an obvious acknowledgement of the underwhelming attendance. It didn't matter, though, they still played an amazing set of music for those of us there to bear witness. I shot a bunch of videos and unfortunately the humming of the fan is a bit overpowering, but you can still tell how lovely a performance it was.
The rest of the Robert Francis and Noah & The Whale videos if you 'keep on reading'.