Secret Machines @ Park West

Monday night was an interesting night in , musically speaking of course…TV on the Radio was playing at . Secret Machines at . DJ Shadow at the Vic…all in all, a tough decision…

This wasn’t all that tough for me, though; once I caught wind of doing an “in the round’ tour similar to their Hiro Ballroom show from last year, I was immediately booked for that night. It had to be

Fast forward to Monday and a nearly packed house at , and I grabbed a good spot on the balcony for the show. The venue isn’t the most ideal place to host an “in the round” show — where sets up a stage in the middle of the venue to allow to fully surround them — as there really isn’t the room to support that. The stage looked more like a “270 degrees in the round” setup, and at that point why would I care that much. It still accomplishes what it’s supposed to.

The trippy electronica intro begins, and I know that this means is ready to play. What came next surprised me — they jammed a bit and flowed seamlessly into “What Used to Be French” off their September 000 EP. I love this tune. Definitely a nice surprise to open the show and it had the driving beat that really lead the rest of the night.

Other stand-outs were “Marconi’s Radio,” “I Hate Pretending,” and the always spine-tingling “First Wave Intact” to end the show. “All at Once” actually fell quite flat, but other than that, every other song was executed as I’d want them to be.

Seriously, I can’t write an objective review here.

I had high hopes and expectations for this show, and the band did not disappoint. are truly masters of the show — the lights, the swagger on stage, the drone of their three-man sound — and I’ll continue to see these guys whenever they come through town. I’m continually amazed by the band and how they continue to amaze wherever they go.

Read on for more photos (full set on Flickr here) and a hilariously un-synced video clip from “I Hate Pretending.” Josh Garza actually broke his snare drum towards the end of the tune Brandon Curtis replying, “I don’t think you’re doing it right…” Hipster hilarity ensues…


Secret Machines @ Park West

Secret Machines @ Park West

Secret Machines @ Park West

Secret Machines @ Park West

Secret Machines @ Park West

Secret Machines @ Park West

Video clip:

Here’s a that gives you an idea of what it’s all about…


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