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2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Craig Hlavaty

Collective Soul, House of Blues, September 1: "Collective Soul is no one's idea of a Southern Rock band, but the band did manage to prove a point or two. First, nostalgically speaking, the '80s are over. The '90s are where the money is. Second, Kings of Leon hardly sprung from a vacuum. Let's hope the Followill boys give credit where it's due, because their stringy-haired sex on fire owes an awful lot to Collective Soul." Chris Gray The Box Elders, Mango's, September 2: "The Elders' set felt less like a show than five really killer and forgotten Nuggets-era 45s played in quick succession. Each song would have sounded amazing coming out of a tinny old portable turntable." Craig Hlavaty Fruit Bats, Walter's on Washington, September 3: "Plenty of 70's country-rock inflection, brightly chiming guitars, twangy pedal steel that somehow sounded breezy instead of mournful and Johnson's effortlessly lovely voice all came together for a set that could be registered with the FDA as some sort of over the counter anti-depressant." Nicholas L. Hall

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Craig Hlavaty

Dandy Warhols, Warehouse Live, September 7: "They gave the audience exactly what they wanted with their catchiest, most famous songs such as "Bohemian Like You" and "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" but also stretched them with periods of experimental noise-rock and thick, layered space jams." Sarah Webster Pine Leaf Boys, Continental Club, September 10: "Spinning on the twin axes of fiddle and accordion, the young Lafayette band kept the Continental's dance floor hopping throughout their set. Aftermath even did a jig or two before we went out to the patio bar to shoot craps." Chris Gray Balaclavas, Black Congress, Mango's, September 11: "Sure some of you do a good job at riding straight grooves and crafting shit-hot slabs of indie swoon. We appreciate the hell out of that smack, but some nights we want liberation, pain, and torture to soundtrack those hours of darkness." Craig Hlavaty The Festival at the Mink, September 12: "Of marked note is the fact that the sound guys and event organizers appeared to keep a steady hand on the shaky tiller that is any festival schedule, resulting in a rather smooth flow between performances." Adam P. Newton The Fab 40 Does Abbey Road, Discovery Green, September 12: "As you might imagine, the group worked over George Harrison's mystical late-period material pretty thoroughly, and their version of "Across the Universe" transcended a shaky vocal to captivate much of the audience." John Nova Lomax

 

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Craig Hlavaty

Taylor Hicks, Warehouse Live, September 14: "Yes, our minds were blown. But in the kind of way when your brain gets catalyzed after you open one dresser drawer too many and find that your beloved grandparents are each filthy leather slaves." Craig Hlavaty Chickenfoot, Verizon Wireless Theater, September 16: "Whatever the music may have lacked in originality - Chickenfoot's lyrical notions tend toward titles like 'Soap on a Rope' and 'Sexy Little Thing' - the quartet more than made up for it with sheer gusto." Chris Gray The Mars Volta, Verizon Wireless Theater, September 17: "Their live show harkens back to the days when Hawkwind and the MC5 cracked the Earth, and when proto-punks and heshers roamed freely together under one halo of fragrant smoke and fog." Craig Hlavaty listenlisten, Sew What, I Am Mesmer, Peter & the Wolf, Mango's, September 18: "Featuring the perpetual motion machine that is Robert Ellis as the new fifth guy on lap steel and fiddle (Seriously, does he ever sleep or rest?), the four men of listenlisten put on a veritable clinic on how to pay homage to the past while recreating it for a postmodern audience for whom nothing is new." Adam P. Newton

 

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
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Motorhead, Warehouse Live, September 18: "Spoon packed the bitch in April but not as fragrantly as the 1,000 people wearing head-to-toe black cotton we saw tonight. Spoon? Spoon being referenced in a review of a Motorhead show? Yeah well, kiss our ass butt-horn." Craig Hlavaty Lucinda Williams, First Avenue, Minneapolis, September 18: "Before things got all matrimonial, Williams and her crack band Buick 6 treated the friends, family and fans at the packed, legendary Twin Cities venue to a chronological cherry-picking of her formidable catalog, from 1979's Ramblin' through last year's Little Honey." Chris Gray Devin the Dude "Listening Party," Warehouse Live, September 19: "12:43 p.m.: After three hours of having pretty much every act offer the 'Are you ready for Devin?' tease, he's made his way out. We want to be mad at him, but he's just so damn likeable. He's a lot taller than we were expecting, too." Shea Serrano Girl In a Coma, Fitzgerald's, September 23: "Alva still loves Houston: 'There's good and bad cops everywhere you go.' The crowd wasn't so forgiving. More than one person could be heard shouting, 'Fuck Chances.'" Liana Lopez

 

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Craig Hlavaty

Blink-182, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 24: "The thing Aftermath always dug about Blink-182 when everyone else was slagging them for being a corporate pop-punk band was that they inherently didn't give a good flying diamond-encrusted shit about the cred sweepstakes." Craig Hlavaty Butthole Surfers, House of Blues, September 24: "Although we miss Haynes pouring lighter fluid into an upside-down cymbal and then beating the hell out of it with a drumstick, there was little doubt that by the end of the show, the Surfers, psychedelic porn films behind them and everything, were back in vintage form." Chris Gray Ra Ra Riot, Warehouse Live, September 25: "With a riotous live show (smart, right?) that brings liberation to the indie, the Syracuse, N.Y., six-piece assaulted Warehouse Lounge Friday night with the ra ra, taking a firm stand that the air downtown belonged to them and not Bob Schneider." Brandon K. Hernsberger The Dirty Novels, Pachinko Room (Continental Club), September 25: "The guys behind Reverberation have been getting more than their share of stage time lately. They also got to both open and close Friday's free show featuring The Dirty Novels after the Albuquerque band's set was cut short by The Fuzz. Oh well. At least no one paid to get in." Brittanie Shey

 

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Groovehouse

Creed, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 25: "For those more refined music aficionados, Creed might as well be a five-man dog whistle." Craig Hlavaty Birds of Avalon, Hell City Kings, Fired for Walking, Rudyard's, September 25: "Aftermath simply wishes that a livelier, larger group of folks had been present at Rudyard's, complete with an intensity matching that of the bands on this night." Adam P. Newton Ingrid Michaelson, Warehouse Live, September 26: "But don't let commercial success fool one into thinking Michaelson is a tool. Behind her catchy, TV-friendly, indie-pop exterior is a sweet but sensitive outsider, sometimes bordering on a 'creepy chick that lives down the street and has a shrine including hair and toenail samples of you" sorta vibe.' Trevor J. Wallace Happy Mondays, House of Blues, September 26: "Some shows are worth showing up for just because of the sheer improbability of the performer being in this part of the world in the first place - and if the music happens to be, you know, good, that's just an added bonus. That was the case Saturday for the Happy Mondays. Aftermath showed up expecting a train wreck with a pronounced Manchester accent. Far from it." Chris Gray

 

2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed
Craig Hlavaty

Monotonix, Super Happy Fun Land, September 26: "The show started innocently enough, with the band stripped down to tiny barely-there shorts filling cans of Lone Star with vodka and water. The assembled throng surrounded the drum set like they were in the wilderness and this will be the only source of fire, and once the jamming started it was." Craig Hlavaty Loggins & Messina, Arena Theater, September 27: "Aftermath came away with renewed respect for Loggins & Messina, both as a duo and as players. And so long as Kenny doesn't die from any plastic surgery-related problems, a new studio album could pick up where these best of friends left off." Bob Ruggiero Insect Warfare, The Mink, September 28: "Noise has always been a fascination for Aftermath. When we were younger, we had no idea about the great history our city has in relation to the evolution of the musical genre. Forever proudly relegated to outsiders and the obtuse, the clamor manages to grab its fans by the throat with its walls of nihilism and confound its detractors for the lack of conventionality." Craig Hlavaty


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