A trippy night, a trippy band, trippy chill-out music for a sold-out crowd.
New York's new uber-club, Terminal 5, was a far cry from the barely 50-member-strong audiences in the dimly lit clubs of Austin for Explosions in the Sky, as those in the know fondly recall. And a far cry even from the Warsaw, that Williamsburg haven of indie discoveries in waiting. No, New York wasn't offering a kielbasa with a side of spacey guitar freak-outs, this time around.
I'm happy for Explosions in the Sky, with their hard-earned notoriety and well-deserved place in the pantheon of indie rock. You've come a long way, baby.
Give Explosions in the Sky's show tonight a listen and you'll understand why so many made their way to the Westernmost reaches of NY's known universe to hear what would normally be a soundtrack at an NYU smoke-fest. They created atmospheres, vibes and energies. If only I could think of any less bohemian adjectives, I'd certainly use them. But, well, listen and you'll get the idea.
MORE EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
--See Photos: Explosions In The Sky live in New York at Terminal 5
--Watch Video: Explosions In The Sky live in New York at Terminal 5
--Buy Tickets: See Explosions in the Sky in concert
P.S. My dream Central Park Summerstage lineup for summer '08: Devendra
Banhart, Grizzly Bear and Explosions in the Sky. Now that would be a
night. Explosions in the Sky, with their heady soundscapes and an
absolute lack of any kind of vocalization, would be a perfect
counterpoint to Grizzly Bear's harmonies and Banhart's freak folk fuzz. And all under a starry night sky. (*sigh*) What do you say, Kara, can you make it