Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kate Nash!

Or...evidence that I probably haven't figured out the camera on my phone all that well.

I went to my very first pop concert!  I was told that people don't actually say "pop concert" but I think I wanted to make a distinction between this kind of concert and the kind where you sit down and there's a conductor and a program (i.e., a "classical" concert), since I've been to plenty of those.  Turns out the two are different (stay tuned for a post on how).  But a 'celebration' of sorts, my friend Jourdan and I went to see Kate Nash at the House of Blues last night.  Now, 90% of you will say you have never heard of Kate Nash, but you're wrong.  If you're reading this blog, you've heard of Kate Nash.  Not only is she mentioned in most of my "My Music" posts, but also, the title of this blog is based on one of her songs!!

The opening acts were a girl group called Potty Mouth and a female-fronted band named La Sera.  It was some fantastic angry-girl alt-rock.  I felt like Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You or like some other rebellious west-coast teenager from the late nineties (it doesn't take much to make my brain go weird places).  Both groups were really great; I actually want to listen to La Sera more.  After the opening acts and a lot of waiting around for set changes, Kate Nash finally appeared!

This was actually taken at the end of the concert, but it's a good whole-stage shot.  Also, I have no idea to make my phone take better pictures than this.

Now you probably all want to know what she played (even though you probably have never heard of half of these songs), so here is a (partial) set list:
  • Death Proof
  • Kiss That Grrrl
  • Take Me to a Higher Plane
  • Doo-Wah-Doo
  • Mouthwash
  • Mariella*
  • Fri-End?
  • 3AM
  • Foundations
  • Girl Gang (a cover of some other girl band)
She played a few other songs as well, but either I don't remember what they were or they were songs from her new album that I didn't know.  But holy crap, she had so much energy and stamina!  She came onstage basically scream-singing the first number (but it sounded great) and dancing around the stage and I was like, how is she going to keep this up for an hour and a half? but she totally did it.  The woman is a literal rock star.  Such a good performer!  Also, there was one moment in Doo-Wah-Doo where I could possibly believe that she and I made eye contact, so that was pretty neat.

I could see her a lot more clearly than this.
Normally I just go to concerts for the music and I tune out when people start talking in between, but I didn't this time.  Kate Nash is probably one of the coolest humans.  So normal and relatable and hilarious.  She spoke for a bit about how life is short and we don't have time to deal with horrible people.  She encouraged all of us to go delete the horrible people from our phones this morning--such good advice (unless you want to keep their numbers in their phone to dodge their calls).  Also, it turns out she's a rocking feminist!  I mean, it wasn't a surprise or anything, but she talked for a while about how lame it is that there aren't more female songwriters and she's actually starting a foundation to teach music and songwriting to young girls.  So great.  And, being all about the girl power, she's a Buffy fan!  We could totally be besties.

The downsides to the concert were that it was forever long (but that's just a consequence of me being old and allergic to times after 11:00 pm), and that it was much louder than I had expected (replace the piano in her recordings with two electric guitars) so my ears were kind of ringing afterwards.  Consequently, this might also be my last pop concert, but it was awesome, and I'm certainly glad I went.

*This was the first Kate Nash song I had ever heard in Laura's car back in the fall of 2009, and so it was AMAZING hearing it live

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