As my friend Casey pointed out, there’s quite a dilemma brewing on the Valley concert schedule.
On April 19, Frightened Rabbit, Japandroids (previous post) and Beach House are all slated to play at separate venues. It’s rare this happens in Phoenix, save for in March and April, when bands criss-cross through our state on their way to and from SXSW and Coachella.
Granted, it’s a nice problem to have, but, like Casey, I’m pretty torn on this one – for different reasons. I’m not a huge Beach House fan, so I’ve tossed that one out immediately. Frightened Rabbit – an absolute favorite of this site and household – seems like a no-brainer, but I did see them three times in the past year or so, and I’ve yet to see Japandroids, whose debut Post-Nothing crept into heavy rotation last year (and, despite Casey’s argument, contains more than one good song). Not to mention, up-and-coming Sub Pop signee Avi Buffalo is opening for Japandroids. What’s a man to do??
At this point, I’m leaning toward Frightened Rabbit for a few reasons: For starters, it’s two days after my wife’s birthday and she’ll be front and center, for sure, and who would ditch his wife on her birthday weekend? Second, the band will be armed with new material from their March 9 release of The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Lastly, they’re playing The Clubhouse, a bigger venue than ones I’ve seen them play previously, and I’m interested to see how the songs carry.
In the meantime, here’s a new FR video for the song Nothing Like You, the second video the band has released in advance of the new record.