Seriously. When's the last time you were crushed by people and an overly-loud PA system? For me it had been too long. Strangely enough, I ended up at The Roxy twice in the last two weeks to see DIIV and The Ex. Both were amazing and so, so different than the shows I have been attending the last few years. Namely, experimental music, harsh noise, and jazz shows.
DIIV sounded like an hour's worth of all the best parts of The Cure songs and was loud as hell. All shoegazey and shiny and super 90s.
Then, this last Friday night The Ex--a Dutch punk band that's been playing since 1979 and is super tight--featuring free jazz stalwart Ken Vandermark brought it hard.
Rock shows. I'd forgotten. Don't let it happen to you.