Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Shins at the Orpheum Theatre
My weekend of Shins goodness continued on Sunday night as they played a sold out show at the Orpheum. The Orpheum theatre is located in downtown Los Angeles and was one of the few venues I have never attended. The Shins played a great set at KCRW but not everyone in the crowd seemed to be enjoying their set. This was not the case tonight as it was packed with dedicated fans.
It appears that the Portland scene (Modest Mouse, Stephen Malkmus, The Thermals, and Wet Confetti) has been gaining a lot of traction recently. Some other rising stars from Portland are the husband and wife duo of Viva Voce. The last time I saw Viva Voce was when they opened for the Silversun Pickups at the Echo and they delievered a great set. Their set at the Orpheum was a repeat performance with Anita Robinson (Guitars/Vocals) cranking out the riffs on her double neck Danelectro guitar. Kevin Robinson (Drums/Guitar) provided the banging drums and the witty commentary. Check out their Barsuk release "Get Yr Blood Sucked Out".
"Wincing The Night Away" has been one of the standout releases of 2007. Some of the highlights from the night included "Australia","Turn On Me", "Kissing The Lipless", and "Phantom Limb". The Shins have also added Eric Johnson on stage as he supplies additional keyboards and some nice pedal steel guitar work. Anita Robinson also came out for "Phantom Limb" to provide backing vocals and Kevin Robinson provided some cowbell during one of their songs. Some critics have complained that the live show is lacking. I don't expect pyrotechnics or elaborate dance moves at a Shins show. The Shins just play their songs and give thanks to the crowd. I could not ask for anything more.