Pic by Wendy Lynch Redfern, Under the Radar Magazine

Pic by Wendy Lynch Redfern, Under the Radar Magazine

I know that when bands get popular, or when super stars come together to form a “monster” band, they have to play bigger venues. It just makes sense. BUT, there’s also such a thing as “keeping it real.” Smaller venues are more intimate and provide a better experience than huge ones. And often, the bands can’t handle a huge stage. Think about it- how many times have you seen a band in both a big and small space and claimed the big space show to be better?? There’s no way i’ll be attending the Monsters of Folk show at the United Palace. No way. Not even if the album is amazing, which i’m guessing it won’t be based on the first single, which is so mediocre it’s sad.

The Charity thing is a nice touch. ($1 per ticket given to a local charity).

Anyway, the Monsters of Folk (WORST NAME EVER?) is Conor Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward. Click here for tour dates.

Here’s a video of Conor and M doing an AWESOME M song. Back in 2003 and 2004 when the threesome toured together, they played each others songs. I’m not sure if the songs they write together will be any good….we’ll see.

“He could always make a string buzz like it was still 1989.”