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Future Islands keep getting bigger (w/ Eyedrum 11/17/2010 setlist)

That video above is from Future Islands’ first acoustic show at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.  In advance of that performance, they recorded a four song acoustic EP featuring “Vireo’s Eye” and 3 of their other songs done in the style seen above.  If you’ve heard the original versions, the differences are fairly dramatic.  They totally work, too.

The Undressed EP is just one in a series of great releases the band has put out this year.  The first was the In the Fall EP, which featured Katrina Ford from Celebration on the title track, which has become a staple and highlight of their live sets.  After that was a four song remix EP (Post Office Wave Chapel) that had work from heavy hitters like No Age, Javelin, and Victoria Legrand.  Then came their sophomore full length, In Evening Air, which I still consider the best album of 2010.  Undressed followed the full length, and now their most recent release is a split 7″ with Lonnie Walker.

That’s a lot of material, and it’s all been pretty damn great.  I’m bringing this all up to explain why I don’t think there’s another band who has had as good a year as Future Islands.  Judging by their rising internet profile and the increasing attendance at the three Atlanta shows they’ve played in 2010, I’d say they’re being justly rewarded.  Back in May they played to maybe 40 people at 529 (review), and they weren’t even the headliner.  When they returned to 529 in July (review), that number more than doubled – the place was pretty crowded.  Last night’s crowd at Eyedrum would have sold the hell out of 529.

The live show surely has had something to do with their success, but they never pander.  They typically start with a slow-burner, and their last two Atlanta sets have even opened with an unreleased new song.  “Tin Man” or “Walking Through That Door” aren’t showing up til mid-set.  The whole catalog is fair game, too – last night’s set was a pretty eclectic selection from five different releases.  Not that it matters that much of the audience isn’t familiar with all the material – I don’t think they’ve ever met a crowd they couldn’t win over.

Watching this band blow up has been one of the musical highlights of my year.  If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, fix it.

Setlist from last night after the jump.

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[PICS/VIDEO] Venice is Sinking/Tin Cup Prophette at the Woodruff Arts Center, 10/14/2010

More pictures and a video of Venice is Sinking performing “Bardstown Road” below.

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[Pics/Video] Those Darlins at The Earl, 9/9/2010

More pictures and a video after the jump.

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Video: Grinderman – “Heathen Child”

This video is equal parts creepy and hilarious, and the song’s pretty good, too. It might not be as good as the first album’s lead single, but it’s hardly fair to expect it to be. “No Pussy Blues” was easily one of the best tracks of the last decade, and probably one of the best Cave’s ever written (and the man has written some seriously great songs).

Grinderman 2 comes out September 14th, the same day as Of Montreal’s False Priest and Screaming Females’ Castle Talk. That’s going to be a good day.

After the teaser trailers and this video, I’m ridiculously excited about this album. They’re touring the U.S. this fall and will be at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 18th. Full tour dates here.

VIDEO: Lightning Bolt at Pitchfork Music Festival

I’ve got a new camera that takes decent video, and I tested it out during Lightning Bolt’s set at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival.  I’m mostly pleased with the results, and I might try doing this more often (next time I’ll record a full song).  The audio gets muddy once Brian Gibson goes low, but, honestly, that’s kind of what it sounded like live anyway.  You feel those parts more than you hear them.

So, here’s a clip of Lightning Bolt playing “2 Morro Morro Land” from Hypermagic Mountain:

My pictures of Lightning Bolt and a bunch of other bands that played the festival can be found here.