February 1, 2013
People, get ready to see People Get Ready
Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.
Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:
No single show took my breath away the way this one did part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It felt like a band creating a music video for every piece of music performed. I hope People Get Ready take this show, Specific Ocean, on the road. If they do, GO!
PGR took Bob's cue and are now going on the road with Deerhoof in April and preparing a tour of the full performance piece Specific Ocean
for the fall. For now we got this:
04/04 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
04/06 - Middle of the Map Festival - Kansas City, MO
04/07 - Plush - St Louis, MO
04/08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL &
04/09 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI &
04/11 - Crofoot Pike Room - Pontiac, MI &
04/12 - Andy Warhol Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA &
04/13 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY &
04/14 - Valentine's - Albany, NY &
04/15 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA &
04/19 - Atlas Performing Arts Center - Washington, DC
& = with Deerhoof
Oh yeah, New York City likes them too. They're opening Local Natives sold out February 1 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and doing their own date February 8th at Mercury Lounge.
"You'd have to be a committed wallflower to not wish yourself up there with them - bouncing and grinning and throwing every muscle into the music..." wrote Anna Weiner in Deli Magazine's cover story on the band
Point being, many nice words have been said about PGR recently, but "GO!" is probably our favorite and the band's motto in 2013.
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