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What You Missed: The Airborne Toxic Event + City On The Make

26 Oct

Saturday night was a crazy night for music across the Twin Cities, in fact this past week has earned the Rocktober moniker with great local music and a couple national highlights. One national band that came through town was Los Angeles’ The Airborne Toxic Event, who stopped at the Fine Line Music Cafe on Saturday. CakeIn15 have liked this band for a while, covering them in the past here and here. For their Fine Line show, frontman Mikel Jollett seemed in better health than last March and although his voice maintained a little ragged edge, it was a nice bar-like texture, a counterbalance to the polish of the band. High energy as always, Jollett, bassist Noah Harmon, violinist Anna Bulbrook and guitarist Steven Chen took turns launching themselves off the drum riser and speakers and careened across the stage in the flashing lights.

The Airborne Toxic Event- “Gasoline” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

After the electric opening, TATE calmed it down a little bit, doing what they called and “acoustic” set, for which Harmon pulled out an upright bass and drummer Daren Taylor moved to play a single snare, which he did delicately and with precision. The quieted songs added an intimate dynamic to the sold out crowd and included an untitled new duet between Bulbrook and Jollet, an unresolved love song that bodes well for future recordings. Also in that set was a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, which fits well as a precedent for Jollet’s catalog of plainspoken love songs and they executed well. It was one of two covers of the night, the other being Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses” a number they started playing after Chen got an enthusiastic response from the track as he DJed in L.A.

The Airborne Toxic Event- “Goodbye Horses”- Q Lazzarus cover from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

All in all, it was an excellently high energy show, replete with sing-alongs and a dancing, shaking crowd, and it is good to see that TATE’s audience grows with each pass through the cities.

Over at the Hexagon Bar, the Sex Ed Rocks benefit for Planned Parenthood MN was just wrapping up, but not before City On The Make took the stage. Since replacing guitarist Mischa Kegan (who is headed to teach in South Korea) with Peter Blomgren (also of Military Special) COTM has had a busy October, playing more shows this month than through the summer. Always rocking and roaring, they were a great cap off to the night, and if you didn’t see them at the Hex, catch them at the Kitty Cat Klub on November 14.

City On The Make- “New Shoes” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

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