10 More Albums We'd Like to See Played Live
Britt Daniel of Spoon, whose sixth album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, turns ten next year, performing at Houston's House of Blues in December 2014
Photo by Violeta Alvarez
These days it seems like the biggest attraction in live music is the opportunity to hear our favorite bands perform entire classic albums live. In the past ten years or so, almost everyone has jumped on that bandwagon. Just recently, Houston got to see Underoath play all of They're Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line in their entirety for the latter album's tenth anniversary; geek-rock heroes They Might Be Giants did all of 1990's Flood at Warehouse Live just this past Friday. Last week, Atreyu announced their upcoming tour will feature a full performance of 2006's A Death Grip on Yesterday.
Since everyone's doing it, we figured we'd take it back in time to make a list of our favorite artists whom we'd like to see get in on this trend.
10. COLD WAR KIDS
Robbers & Cowards (2006)
Cold War Kids first debuted ten years ago with this classic concept record, centered around the story of an alcoholic's struggle with his family. It immediately made a huge impact, with “Hang Me Up to Dry” becoming the band's biggest hit and a rock-radio staple to this day. Though the band has made a comeback in recent years, they've never topped Robbers & Cowards as their finest moment.
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
By 2007, Spoon was well established in the indie-rock world, but their sixth album finally catapulted them into the mainstream. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga has its tenth anniversary next year, and it would be the perfect time for Britt Daniel's crew to launch their first big tour in a minute to commemorate it.
Goodbye to the Gallows (2007)
This rap/deathcore group has gotten a bad rap in recent years, and much of it is well-deserved. When they first hit the scene in 2007 with their debut, Goodbye to the Gallows, though, they were almost universally beloved in the world of metal. This year every member of the band left except lead vocalist Frankie Palmeri, who has vowed to continue Emmure while also apologizing for his actions over the past few years. What better way to regain some of their lost acclaim than to triumphantly return on the strength of their still-great first LP?
Crisis was the ultimate streamlining of the Alexisonfire sound. With their third release, they became one of the biggest bands in post-hardcore and experienced tremendous crossover success, finally finding their perfect blend of hardcore and pop singing elements. Since reuniting, the band has been largely inactive while singer Dallas Green is busy with his own band, City and Colour, but a commemorative tour for Crisis would have their fan base reeling with excitement.
Brother, Sister (2006)
Like Alexisonfire, mewithoutYou seemed to find their footing with their third album, 2006's Brother, Sister. Starting off with a post-hardcore sound, they found their true calling as an indie/folk-rock band on this record, without forgetting their emo roots. They toured doing a full performance of their 2004 record Catch For Us the Foxes back in 2014, but Brother, Sister has had a much larger legacy in mewithoutYou's career and definitely deserves a tour of its own.
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I'll Sleep When You're Dead (2007)
Next year marks ten years since El-P released the greatest record of his career. Though 2005's solo debut, Fantastic Damage, was, well, fantastic, and Company Flow stands as one of the best indie hip-hop groups of the '90s, El-P cemented himself as one of the geniuses of hip-hop and production with his masterpiece, I'll Sleep When You're Dead. Though he's seen unparalleled commercial success as a duo with Killer Mike as Run the Jewels, a tour for this classic would be a welcome return for the solo El-Producto.
4. THE MARS VOLTA
Mars Volta front men Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez used to have a big problem with looking backwards. Most tours featured exclusively new music, and the idea of a reunion by any of their previous projects was largely a joke. A bit older and wiser now, the two have been touring with a reunited At the Drive-In lately and teasing a Mars Volta return if the time were ever right. The tenth anniversary of their most insane album, their third album, Amputechture, seems fitting, no?
3. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
The Black Parade (2006)
Can you believe it's been ten years since My Chemical Romance dominated the airwaves with their breakout album, The Black Parade? They were poised to take over the rock world, and although that didn't happen, there have been reunion rumors circulating for a few weeks now about the world's biggest emo band this side of Fall Out Boy. If they were to reunite, this would be a perfect time and The Black Parade a perfect album to perform.
Blood Mountain (2006)
Ten years ago, Mastodon released their third album, Blood Mountain, which secured their place as one of metal's most exciting bands. It also represented a transition toward the more radio-friendly metal they would pursue going forward. To be sure, Blood Mountain is still very transitional, retaining much of the group's earlier, heavier style, but its pop hooks are undeniable. If there were a full album performance that could ever satisfy both new and old Mastodon fans, this would be it.
1. ELVIS COSTELLO
King of America/Blood and Chocolate (1986)
In 1986, Elvis Costello released two full-length albums, and both turned out to be among the greatest in his esteemed catalog. The artist shifted gears following a painful breakup and went into full-on country-balladeer mode for these two records, laying down some of his most enduring fan favorites like the gut-wrenching “I Want You.” It's been awhile since Costello last embarked on a solo tour, and these two albums back to back would be among the best performances of his career. By the way, we're only one year away from the anniversary of his debut, My Aim Is True, which is still among the greatest records of all time. Just saying.
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