Friday, August 15, 2008

The Airborne Toxic Event

Probably my favorite rock/alternative band of atleast the last few months, The Airborne Toxic Event, played a sold out show at the El Rey this Thursday and luckily I was there to see it. It was really an awesome show. There album just came out this Tuesday so it was a really special show. They are from Silverlake, California and have a really great sound. Every song is built on  vocals from Mikel Jollett, and some wonderfully catchy guitar riffs. The entire album really amazes me. The L.A. Times called their music "Poetry you can dance too", and that sums it up pretty well. Mikel is really amazing. He used to be the editor of Paste Magazine, but when his mother died, his girlfriend broke up with him, and he got a terrible skin disease all in the same month or so, he decided to start writing songs to cope with all of it. This band is full of really smart and talented people, and there isn't a single song on the album I don't enjoy. There name is taken from the title of a chapter in the Don DeLillo book White NoiseYou should really check em out.

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