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Dashboard Confessional / The Anniversary / Ben Kweller

Dashboard Confessional/The Anniversary/Ben Kweller: live in Iowa Citylive in Iowa City (2002)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: maverickScott
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You're all sick of Dashboard Confessional. So am I. I just don't get how or why he's so popular. Shit, just over a year ago he played in my friend's basement to about a dozen people. I don't think anyone knows what happened. So why did I go to the concert? Three reasons: 1. I've wanted to see.


You're all sick of Dashboard Confessional. So am I. I just don't get how or why he's so popular. Shit, just over a year ago he played in my friend's basement to about a dozen people. I don't think anyone knows what happened. So why did I go to the concert? Three reasons:
1. I've wanted to see the Anniversary for some time now, as I've really been digging their new material.
2. It was free for me to go, and I had nothing else to do on a Friday night.
3. There's this *insanely* hot girl that wanted to go with me. There is no better place to put your mack on a girl than at a Dashboard Confessional concert.
So anyways, we ventured into Gabe's Oasis, home of all things rock and roll. After seeing the Promise Ring and Schatzi only 11 days earlier, I didn't know if this show could live up.

Ben Kweller opened the show up [no Legends of Rodeo - thank god!] with a cover of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." It was okay. His set only got better. Taking the best parts of Ben Folds, Ben Lee, and Beck [hey, two outta three ain't bad], he sufficiently warmed up the crowd in his half hour set.

The penultimate band tonight was the Anniversary. They opened up with a semi-reworked rendition of "The Death Of The King," getting me pumped for their whole set. The band, looking like a bunch of dirty hippies [shit, cut your drummer's beard, man!], rocked out like some old mods on their last set of pills. To go ghetto for a second, their set was off the proverbial hook. Their set was "Your Majesty"-heavy, with the band jamming out the intro to "Sweet Marie" for about 5 minutes, turning it into a dub/rock fest. As the song ended, the band segued immediately into "Crooked Crown" and kept the crowd dancing. As singer Josh asked the crowd "do you like the devil?" and "do you like sex?", the band launched into "Devil On My Side," completely destroying me sonically. Oh, if you cared, the band played one pre-"YM" song - "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter."

As the damn dirty hippies in the Anniversary cleared off the stage, the crowd thinned out and then got full again. Apparently the crowd close to the stage was Anniversary-heavy, but there were a lot of Dashboard-a-holics in the back, because the place stayed packed.

After a long wait, Dashboard finally took the stage and kicked off their set with a horribly out of tune version of "Saints and Sailors." Thankfully Chris' voice got better as the set meandered on. The band played all the "crowd pleasers" like "The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most," "The Brilliant Dance," and "Screaming Infidelities." As the band finished up their fairly predictable set came to a close, the band announced "okay, that was our last song, here is our encore." Either they didn't feel like walking off the stage or they didn't think the crowd would cheer for one [the crowd was fairly tame, although plenty of singing along still occured]. Their encore consisted of "Again I Go Unnoticed" and "Hands Down," which was done with a full band and really rocked [opposed to the EP version]. Chris smiled, girls screamed, and I turned 20 during this show. Man, did I feel old.

As we left Gabe's, the insanely hot girl and I swung by the merch table and spent way too much money [kudos to the Anniversary for making sexy baseball shirts, though - the insanely hot girl has rarely looked finer]. The show's verdict? Ben Kweller - I could handle more. The Anniversary - I dug them, for sure! Dashboard Confessional - won't someone show them the door?

 

 
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Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

holy shit, to the guy below me, i couldnt have said that jump ship comment better. i personally have a friend who 2 years ago had newfoundglory and dashboard pins.now? no there popular and suddenly taboo to support. she better stick to her rainer maria and deep elm pins. hahahha. fuck elitists. dashboard rules.

Anonymous (April 15, 2002)

How can you people like Ben Kweller, but hate on Dashboard?! I have no clue how Ben Kweller @ 15 got signed to a label, let alone today's Ben Kweller....he sucks, bad.

I also think its great how you all are elitists.....Im sure awhile back you were all popping off about how great Dashboard is, but now Chris and the boys are gaining popularity, so you jump ship and say they suck....guess you better find a new lesser known bands pins to replace the Dashboard pins on your backpack.

Anonymous (April 14, 2002)

Ben Kweller is pretty awesome, when he was 15 he released a cd with his band Radish, they were awesome live. The cd is called restraining bolt and is a great album. They sound like weezer meets nirvana, it's a good thing, it's 5 or 6 years old now I think though. Definately check it out.

love,
zerowillkill.com

sickboi (April 11, 2002)

Once and for all, bands like Dashboard Confessional have no place in the whole "punk scene". Maybe they are good musicians (though I think they lick ass), but this whiny-ass music needs to go elsewhere. How about letting Creed in the punk scene? Or POD? Fuck, any band that isn't country or hip-hop can be punk now. I think I'm gonna be sick.

Anonymous (April 10, 2002)

why dont you all listen to silence is the new loud by some acustic band playing this new acustic movement, oh i feel so emo tonight i miss my high school girlfriend...

Anonymous (April 10, 2002)

Ben kweller blew all the other bands away. at least in cincy. dashboard is generic now, whoever said he is too old to write highschool romance songs is right. he is tiring now. at least when he played the other night he didn't sing with that stupid accent he began using about 4 months ago. The anniversary have all turned into hippies, they still rocked but, too hard on the eyes. i am disappointed that mike decided to leave seville to drum for dashboard, his voice is so awesome and he drums like crazy and now we will never get to hear him sing again. plus he was one of the few drummers/singers out there. if you guys want to hear a cool band check out seville. Dashboard though, he is like a plane in flames heading for the ground at 500 mph, except he is too up in the clouds so far up right now that he is never gonna see it coming when he hits bottom. He was something fresh and new 2 years ago, but he is old now. Disposable, i never though i would say that, but the pain he conveyed in the songs on the first two releases was just striking, but the new stuff is so sugar coated it is not even stomachable. check out ben kweller. rocks

wyzo (April 9, 2002)

One, ive been to gabes oasis too many times. A fucking landmark.

Two, Why is dashboard special because its just a guy and a guitar. I'm sorry, but that has never gone out of style, and he wasnt 'new' to music, the listeners who think that were simply old to what was going on before, during, and after dashboard. There are plenty of good singer/songwriters out there, Dashboard just introduced the hot topic crowd to the notion, and they treat it like he discovered the wheel.

Men his age dont need to sing about high school romances. I didnt even date in high school. High school is weak. Graduation is anticlimactic, get over your prepubescent depth, and move on already.

And the english isle called, they want there bad teeth stereotype back. No more cloe ups in videos.

wyzo

Anonymous (April 8, 2002)

ben kweller rocks, so does dashboard...anniversary is good too, but is for the kinds on acid - bigjerk

Anonymous (April 8, 2002)

Wow your an Emo Rocker you hate punk. Any ways enough of that. First off Dashboard Confessional to me was one of the greatest things to happen to music in a long time. I thought it was cool that someone could sit there play acoustic and have no drums or bass to take away from simply played and well written lyrics. This was 2 or 3 years ago and a lot changes. After my friends and I at KGRG 89.9 (seattle) recived a 3 song tape that was sent just to see what we thought we fell in love. After hearing the ep and the next ep was still in love. Then it happend he started haveing a band play with him. It was pretty silly to think of Dashboard as anything special since it has become something pretty weak sounding and less full then it once was. I know can not hear any of there stuff without the sickening thought of a bass and drum in the background taking away from the song. I know alot of people may not see where im coming from, but i belive simplicity is the ultimate show of love for anything.

whendovescry (April 6, 2002)

Personally, I find choking down beetles easier than listening to the Anniversary. Can you blame me? The performed directly after THE MARS VOLTA when I saw them. THE MARS VOLTA!

Ben Kweller= You know that song "Brick?" How about we make a band out of that?

I'm bitter towards Mr. Dash because he's getting so much more booty than I am and he's making a lot of money doing it. Oh yeah, and he makes music sound like the noise you make after you find a 3 day old used diaper under the radiator.

Good review all around but did anything ever happen between you and the girl????

liquidinvert (April 6, 2002)

I thought that was a great review and have to agree about what you were saying about dashboard and the anniversary.

Anonymous (April 5, 2002)

Whoops

Anonymous (April 5, 2002)

i heard that show was sold out. Oh well. I saw the Anniversary a few months back. THEY'RE HIPPIES NOW!

Anonymous (April 5, 2002)

whoa...uh...has the anniversary totally stopped playing older stuff? did they even play anything off the recent split w/superdrag? no pre-'designing..' stuff?

Anonymous (April 5, 2002)

yeah dude, you're punk rock, you don't like dashboard confessional!!

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