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Show Preview: Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant, An Horse ~ Providence RI and Hartford CT ~ Saturday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant, An Horse
at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
95.5 WBRU 40th Birthday Bash
Saturday, October 17
(doors at 5pm; All Ages show)

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and at the Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
Tuesday, October 20
(doors at 7pm; All Ages show)

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An Horse, photo by Nadia Mizner; Cage The Elephant, photo by Danny Clinch; Silversun Pickups, photo by Timothy Norris

An Horse, photo by Nadia Mizner; Cage The Elephant, photo by Danny Clinch; Silversun Pickups, photo by Timothy Norris

Looks like the “Boston date” for this really excellent lineup is either Providence, Rhode Island (about an hour’s drive) or Hartford, Connecticut (about 2, but an easy drive via Mass Pike and I-84). Being how jam-packed this autumn is with bands coming through the area, I’m guessing it was a scheduling difficulty rather than an oversight that led to this sad state of affairs. If you can somehow make it, or find yourself in a place they’re performing (see entire schedule), it should be a fantastic show.

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The WBRU/McFadden’s Block Party! Providence, Rhode Island – Sunday, August 2, 2009

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After the Hartford madness (which actually turned out perfectly, considering) and the all-day (and night) outdoor bash at City Hall Plaza in Boston, I woke up Sunday feeling quite crispy. And this is without any alcohol consumption, mind you. As I tried to organize myself for the hour+ drive down to Providence, I felt a new understanding and appreciation of the daily mechanics of this constant touring schedule, and admiration of Airborne’s, well… stamina.

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The Airborne Toxic Event & Bare Hands at The Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT, July 31, 2009

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My god, the difficulty in trying to write a review of a band that has meant so much to me in the past year! From first hearing about their residency at Spaceland in Silverlake in January 2008, to purchasing their EP off iTunes and listening repeatedly at work, at home, and in transit between the two. To that surreal “lingerie party” at Jose McIntyre’s, other shows and YouTube/internet madness that would follow.

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On the one year anniversary of my first Airborne Toxic Event show…

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Well yes, I’m feeling rather nostalgic, because exactly one year ago today, in fact at the precise time I’m writing this, I was deliriously enthralled with this brand new band I was seeing for the very first time. The Airborne Toxic Event at WFNX’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Jose McIntyre’s in Boston. Stuffed into an upstairs room with maybe 100-150 revelers – scantily clad women in lingerie and stiletto heels; creepy guys in bathrobes and cowboy hats. At the time, I remember thinking how completely bizarre and unlikely a venue this was for such a band… Knowing now what I know of Airborne Tox, their sense of humor and irreverence, and their amazing journey this past year, I have to say nothing could have been more perfect and oddly apt.

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Victor & Julie’s not-so-excellent Adventure – Los Angeles, December 2008

View from Mulholland Drive

View from Mulholland Drive

I probably should have realized, as we were sitting on the runway on our United flight from Boston to Los Angeles, and it was announced over the loudspeaker that our pilots were having some problems with the transportation from their hotel, and we would have to wait for them to arrive (obviously), that this was not a good omen for our trip. Over an hour later, we were finally taking off.

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