The Joy Formidable

LIVE MUSIC: The Joy Formidable w/A Place To Bury Strangers and Extimusic @ The 9:30 Club - 3/26/12

Well, we came for the RAWK show and the RAWK show was what we got. Last Monday the 9:30 Club sported a knockout triple bill of The Joy Formidable with A Place To Bury Strangers and Exitmusic supporting. We’re big fans of Exitmusic here at the site, and going in, that was the band we were most excited to see, but walking out I can’t say that they were the clear winners in this RAWK off.

Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino and Devon ChurchExitmusic proved that their moody electro tidal wave of sound continues to get bigger. I first caught this duo last year when they opened for Phantogram at The Black Cat and my opinion then was that the room was just too small.  That and that the duo needed a little more...something. An extra kick. The music was great to be sure, but their stage presence left me feeling like there was some unrealized potential there.

3 Songs, No Flash: Foo Fighters w/Social Distortion @ The Verizon Center - 11/11/11

What you're  looking at right there is pure, unadulterated rock and f@#@ing roll folks. 

Say what you will about the Foo Fighters, but they are the last of a dying breed of musicians known only as ROCK STARS (staricus rockimus if we're being precise). They simply don't make em like this anymore and from the moment that Grohl and friends took the stage for their hometown-ish show last Friday at the Verizon Center, the pedal was to the metal and it never let up, even for a minute...or so we've heard. 

Unfortunately we flaked on tickets had our minds melted by the first few songs and had to leave. But in those few short minutes we were illuminated by the one undying truth of the universe. No, not "42" you nerds. The truth that rock stars are alive and well even today, and their leader is probably Dave Grohl.