So me and some of my friends went out to a River City Extension concert last night.
They're kind of a folk-rock group with a real penchant for writing catchy, memorable melodies and a tendency to do songs where the first half is kind of a slow, acoustic thing and then the second half is a really loud rock song. I'm not super into them personally- I tend to like the second half and find the first half kind of boring- but I like them pretty well and one of my friends is a huge fan so we had a good time. The show itself was great; the venue was a little on the smaller side, which was nice 'cause I've never been a fan of huge crowds, and we got to see some really good acts- RCE sounded great, especially since the concert setting actually helped me appreciate the slower parts of their songs more, and the openers were mostly really good, too.
The first band was a two-man group (drummer and bassist/vocalist) called Brick + Mortar, who have this grunge-y, garage band sort of style to them that was pretty cool to see live. They had some good energy even though they were on first when the crowd was still smaller and the super-loud kind of 'dirty' wall of sound thing they have going translated well to a concert setting.
Second was a folk group called Spinning Leaves. Wasn't into them as much- they were good, don't get me wrong, but the straight folk stuff just generally isn't my bag of tea.
(I thought it was kinda funny that the bands were on in that order, since Spinning Leaves is basically the first half of an RCE song and B+M is basically the second half.)
The last opener was Laura Stevenson and the Cans, who I've actually been listening to for a while (and were mentioned in the thread a while back to boot). They're kind of similar to RCE stylistically, with the slow, kind of folk-ier parts mixed with louder, rock-ier parts, so they made a good lead-in. It was really cool seeing them live, especially since this was apparently Laura's first show back after being out of the game for a while due to surgery; she seemed to have recovered just fine, though, and the band put on a great set. It was a really solid show all-around.