Tonight, I went to The Monsters of Folk.
I have to say, it was pretty freaking awesome.
I had listened to them before, but I was not expecting that show. They were a surprise like Wolf Parade and The Constantines were.
First - it was almost three hours of music. THREE HOURS OF MUSIC! No opening band, just these actual, monsters of folk making music.
If you don't know, Monsters of Folk is considered a 'super group' - if there wasn't a lamer term for it. The band consists of Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes and M. Ward.
All of the musicians in the group are great artists in their own right, and you can see it. The thing I loved though is that when they got on stage, there was little pretense, only music.
And really good music at that.
The tickets were a little more expensive than I am used to - but I still bought a concert tee, which shows you how good they really were.
And here is why I will never work for Rolling Stone: I loved the show, but I can't remember why. All I remember is having a smile on my face for most of it, and what can more can you ask for?
I do remember the song Dear God. The transition from Jim James to M. Ward was ... well, it was impressive.
And hello M. Ward. I wasn't sure who he really was when I went, but he blew me away. His voice, well, his voice is impressive - to say the least. In fact, in general, he was quite impressive.
As for Conor Oberst, well, there are few words. Bright Eyes is the creator of one of my favorite songs - First Day of My Life. I had hoped, after hearing the show was three hours, that Conor would make me pee my pants and perform the song. While he didn't, he did show me why my co-worker is taken with him.
So there you have it.
If you are lucky enough to have them show up in your city, do yourself a favour and pay the money to see them.
I promise, you won't be disappointed.