great shows this week

Please help me out: usually, I don’t like concerts. Too hot, to smoky, too many people, music not loud enough, sound bad, drinks too expensive. But this week there are two possibly great shows: which one should I go to:

Contestant One: Howe Gelb


Gentleman of the old school, dessert cowboy, extraordinary songwriter, wonderful last record with gospel choir, drinks whiskey like other people water and has released about 30 records on various occasions. I have seen him play live two times already and each time he was fantastic. This time he will have the gospel choir with him.
Plays in Szene Wien on Wednesday, 24th of April

Contestant Two: Melvins


Noise rock gods, practically invented the whole metal sludge noise rock thing. Released about a gazillion records on almost every label there is. Considered genius by all important music critics and an important part of my adolescent years.
Play in the arena on thursday, 25th of April

What should I do? Please don’t say I should go to both, because I am too old to be able to stay up late two nights in a row and be back to work at 7 am the next morning. I will be overhanging right into Saturday and that could prove potentially dangerous.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nick Scahill (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    I have always had a soft spot for the Three Stooges but I don’t care for this new long-haired look they seem to have gone for. I cannot really equate music with loudness – particularly when it is ‘considered genius by all important music critics’. That is a warning sign if ever I saw one. No. Go for the man who is proud of drinking himself stupid. That seems equally grown up but less damaging to the ears.

  2. richardrj (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    Simple. Don’t go to either. Both Gelb and the Melvins are crap.

  3. sam (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 4:57 am

    melvins in a heartbeat.

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