“uh is the sound”

A little late but here’s the promised Pixies in B’more review:

After dinner at Amicci’s in Little Italy (good portions of great food, but weird fraction menu which I think is silly) we took in some old Italian couples playing Bocce Ball on a pristine city sponsored bocce court to kill some time. The atmosphere was surreal – watching old men sipping beer from plastic cups, cursing in Italian, on this beautiful and quiet tree-lined court not five minutes away from the Inner Harbor bustle. It reminded me of growing up in South Jersey and hanging out with my long dead grand-pop Chaz and all his Italian cronies outside the Garden State Race Track. Ah my youth.

We made it over to SONAR in the middle of opening act Lake Trout�s set. I have wanted to check out SONAR ever since I first heard about it last spring and so being unenthused with Lake Trout�s musical stylings my friend and I decided to scope out the rest of the club.

SONAR is a very cool warehouse style club with one large concert hall and two nice-sized rooms that serve as bars and DJ rooms. Both bars are very well stocked and stylish. Which was a surprise compared to the make-shift bar in the main-room. During and after concerts, the two smaller rooms open up as a nightclub which concert patrons get free access too.

The Pixies played to a massive (over-capacity I�d guess) crowd. People were packed in every nook and cranny of the place. Which was expected at SONAR when hosting a super-group.

The Pixies set began slow and intimate steadily building energy through the night to finally explode in a fiery storm of guitar and vocal passion. Where Pixies� stadium set-lists are like an artillery attack, this rare club show set-list was more like the band and the audience were having sex. In all a much more intimate Pixies experience however I�m not holding my breath for Kim Deal to call me sometime.

3 Comments so far

  1. Paulo (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 5:52 pm

    Ah, Baltimore. I don’t miss the city itself, but I do miss Little Italy. I used to live right around the corner from Amicci’s, in a tiny little rowhouse which has since been knocked down to make room for a very non-Italian condo building.

    Neve was a short silent video I made of Little Italy in winter.

  2. Washington Cube (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 1:05 am

    Be sure and return to Little Italy at Christmas time for the campy window dioramas.

    Washington Cube Was Here. #21.

  3. darpino (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 12:56 am

    Update: The place was so packed at this show that I couldn’t even see the massive main room bar which I discovered when I went back to SONAR a week later!

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