Some weeks, the powers that be simply don't have the scratch or the space for full-fledged coverage. And The Spin ain't about to form complete sentences when we aren't getting paid for it. Instead, here's our notes from Friday night's show at The End:
* The Spin caught wind of The Features' totally un-hyped show at 12th & Porter a bit late in the game Friday night, and thus we opted to stick to our guns and attend The Comfies' EP release at The End.
* The show started...on time?!? We missed De Novo Dahl frontman Joel J. Dahl's solo set because we showed up punctually at the Rock Block's usual rock o'clock.
* Crowd a bit older, a bit quieter and a bit less familiar than we're used to. Also especially polite for a crowd at The End. We can dig that.
* The Nobility might look just slightly like the cast of a Wes Anderson film, but they play tight, enthusiastic indie pop with very impressive three-part harmonies. Something tells us these guys like Elvis Costello.
* The song where The Nobility called Dahl, Comfies members and other singer-ly folks to the stage to sing harmony on a vocal hook? Pretty cool.
* Even though he's been through a lineup or two, Benjamin A. Harper's latest crew of Comfies were fully prepped to play the material. Songs from new EP, This Ship Is Going Down, sounded great.
* Keith Lowen is now in The Comfies, too. We get it, dude. You're good at bass and you're in a million bands. Stop making us feel unproductive.
* Harper cheeses/grins a lot when he sings. What an exceptionally cheerful stage presence.
* Hippie girl outside Exit/In as we headed back to our vehicle was clearly tripping. She asked us to sign some piece of garbage, but we slipped away as she was rummaging through her junk pile for a pen.