Splitting at the Break: The Live Videos of 2016’s First Half
by Steven Spoerl
2016 is just about at its midway mark and there hasn’t been any live coverage on this site since before the year turned over. There have been a number of extenuating circumstances preventing the live documentation that has been captured this year from being posted (travel, time, other commitments, etc.) but that changes today. Below are ten video packets from ten shows that I was fortunate enough to catch — and shoot — this year.
Normally, as a general rule of thumb, I avoid posting anything from shows I play but am making an exception for the Jungles package because the band’s woefully under-represented in America for their undeniable strength as a live act. A few other packets may be missing an artist or two but what’s below is the vast majority of what I’ve seen over the past six months.
Whether it’s Meat Wave ripping through a crushing new song on a (freakishly sunny) winter day in Chicago, Beach Slang covering The Replacements two times over, or Torres making everyone’s hairs stand on end with an unforgettable one-song encore, these are worth a look and were a privilege to experience. A photo gallery will be coming within the next few days but for now, enjoy the footage.
American Wrestlers, Eternal Summers, Palehound, and Torres.
Julien Baker and Charly Bliss.
Muuy Biien, Meat Wave, The Spits, and Black Lips.
Runners, Beech Creeps, and Heavy Times.
Mr. Martin & The Sensitive Guys, BAG-DAD, Haunter, Miserable Friend, and Heavycritters.
Yoko and the Oh No’s and PWR BTTM.
Micah Schnabel, Dyke Drama, Potty Mouth, and Beach Slang.
Yowler, Eskimeaux, and Frankie Cosmos.
Oops and Dilly Dally.
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