The Disco Biscuits Light Up Las Vegas With Three-Show Late-Night Run [Review/Video]

first_imgOver the weekend, The Disco Biscuits performed three late-night shows at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. This wasn’t the first time that the Biscuits played a late-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas during Phish‘s run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it certainly won’t be the last. Fans from all over the country flew in to witness what they expected to be three nights of madness. Well, they got what they were looking for.The band kicked things off on Thursday night with “Confrontation” > “I Feel Love” (Donna Summer) > “Confrontation”. It was a good way to ease the Phish fans in attendance into the Biscuits and their style of playing. Next, “After Midnight” > “Basis For a Day” > “Necromancer” > “Basis For a Day” contained some of the best trance-fusion of the night. The final “Basis” jam was blissed-out while still possessing high energy “untz,” but it was only the first night and the band had a lot more to offer fans during the sets that followed.The Disco Biscuits kicked off the second set of night one off with one of their classics, “Crystal Ball”. Keyboardist Aron Magner took the lead during the improvisation, which produced a handful of thoroughly exciting moments. Next up was “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line” > “Tempest” > “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”, a hands-down highlight of the night. The band was clicking and pushing musical boundaries in a way that is now expected by their fans. It’s segments like this that keep the band’s diehard fans coming back for more. The sandwich featured some tasteful riffs from guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig, and bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein was right behind him. They ended the second set with a Las Vegas-appropriate cover of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”.Night 2 started off with a cover of Prince’s “1999”. The Biscuits did the classic song justice and they laid down some premier space funk during the jam. A twenty-six-minute version of “Astronaut” came next, marking one of the most ferocious improvisational highlights of the run. “Jigsaw Earth” > “Triumph” > “Jigsaw Earth” followed, serving as a prime example of the Biscuits’ use of contrast. It got dark and heavy, but also bubbly and light-hearted showcasing opposite ends of the spectrum of their musical range.The following featured just three songs, starting off with a twenty-one-minute version of Men Without Hats‘ “Safety Dance”, a classic cover that’s been in their repertoire for years. As the band gets older, songs like “Little Betty Boop” have truly begun to shine, and they executed this one with patience and purpose. “Spraypaint” closed out the set with twenty minutes of power that echoed throughout Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. They encored with “Floes”, a song written by their original drummer Sam Altman. All in all, Night 2 was good—but the best was yet to come.The third and final night of the run was by far the best of the bunch. The jams got deeper and the band was communicating on a near-telepathic level. The “Little Lai” > “Fifth of Beethoven” got the crowd warmed up and pumping, and the “Digital Buddha” > “Pilin’ It Higher” > “Abraxas” > “Digital Buddha” that closed set one was easily the best segment of the entire run. From blissco to relentless drum n’ bass, the entire band was soaring—they could not miss. If you missed the run, go back and listen to this chunk at all costs.Trance-fusion is a style of music that can be replicated, but only one band can execute it at the highest level, and that’s The Disco Biscuits. The final set of the weekend started with a twenty-two-minute rendition of the Gutwillig classic, “Hot Air Balloon”. That jammed straight into an inverted “Bernstein and Chasnoff”, an impressive change-up for hardcore fans as the song is usually used as a drop-segue. Next came one of Brownstein’s new songs, “Miracles”. A lot of fans have mixed feelings about the song, but the lyrics are strong and it has continued to earn its stripes as a jam vehicle. This one got dark and dirty before transitioning into Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell”. And then… boom! The band jammed back into “Hot Air Balloon” to bookend the set. Finally, the band encored with LCD Soundsystem’s “Home”, which made its way back through “Run Like Hell” to close out the run with style and swagger.In all, this was a successful weekend that definitely outshined the previous Worchester run, but the best is still yet to come. Their shows at The Palace Theater on November 23rd and 24th are going to give fans an example to see top shelf fall Biscuits. After that, the band has a three-night run in the mountains of Colorado at a brand-new venue in Frisco, followed by Holidaze, an event whose potential for greatness is self-explanatory. But the most anticipated run of them all is their return to Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve over four nights at The Fillmore starting on December 28th. The Disco Biscuits are playing more and more dates, and whether you love them or hate them, go catch one and witness their live show. There is nothing else like it in the scene.You can watch full pro-shot video of The Disco Biscuits at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 2nd below via the band’s YouTube page:The Disco Biscuits – 11/2/18 – Full Show[Video: The Disco Biscuits]For a full list of The Disco Biscuits’ upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/1/18I: Confrontation-> I Feel Love-> Confrontation, After Midnight-> Basis for a Day-> Neck Romancer-> Basis for a DayII: Crystal Ball, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Tempest-> Little Shimmy in a Conga Line, Suspicious MindsE: Munchkin InvasionSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/2/18I: 1999-> Astronaut, Jigsaw Earth-> Triumph-> Jigsaw EarthII: Safety Dance-> Little Betty Boop (inverted)-> Spraypaint VictoryE: FloesSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/3/18I: Little Lai-> Fifth of Beethoven, Digital Buddha-> Pilin’ it Higher-> Abraxas-> Digital BuddhaII: Hot Air Balloon-> Bernstein & Chasnoff (inverted)-> Miracles-> Run Like Hell-> Hot Air BalloonE: Home-> Run Like Helllast_img read more

UW searching for late-season surge

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWith just four matches remaining in the regular season, the UW volleyball team has much to play for in the next two weeks — second place in the Big Ten, revenge for past defeats and final Field House matches for two seniors.But there is most definitely one word that seems to have become the theme in the Badger locker room: momentum.”Everyone knows they’re huge, since we’re in the race for second place,” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “It’s just huge to get some momentum going into the last part of the season and into the postseason.”No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 19 Minnesota all stand at 11-5 in the Big Ten following Purdue’s (10-6) unexpected loss to Illinois, which dropped the No. 18 Boilermakers a game behind the pack.The No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (25-2, 16-0) wrapped up the conference title long ago, so UW is set upon clinching the runner-up slot going into the opening rounds of the playoffs, beginning Dec. 1.”This weekend, we’re really hoping to get some momentum going into the NCAA tournament with two big wins and carry it over into the tournament,” opposite hitter Audra Jeffers said.Getting two wins in a weekend is always a tall task for teams in the Big Ten. In the past four weekends, the Badgers have split matches, and it all started with a road trip to Michigan State and Michigan. Wisconsin will have a chance against these same teams this Friday and Saturday to put an end to the streak.”They’re both really good teams, so we can’t underestimate them,” said outside hitter Maria Carlini, who came close to playing for the Wolverines three years ago. “We just need to go hard and see if we can carry some momentum into the tournament.”Hmmm … anybody sensing a pattern here?Yes, the Badgers have stumbled in the past month, and momentum has not been on their side during the stretch. But Wisconsin has an opportunity to regain confidence over their final four matches, as none of the last four opponents are currently ranked.Conversely, Minnesota has three ranked opponents on the horizon, including powerhouse Penn State, and the Buckeyes. While the latter matchup is Ohio State’s only remaining ranked competitor, Wisconsin holds the tiebreaker against OSU, meaning the Buckeyes are in need of some help from Badger opponents.Of course, none of this means anything to the UW players, who realize the focus must stay on their play on the Wisconsin side of the court.”We just have to battle and fight hard, just our passing, solid defense,” Carlini said. “We’re known as a blocking team, so we have to live up to that reputation.”Carlini grew up just 45 minutes from Ann Arbor, and planned on attending the University of Michigan when she was younger. However, after being recruited for and deciding to play for Wisconsin, Carlini hit a career-best 29 kills against her hometown team on Oct. 22.But seeing as the Badgers lost 16-14 in the fifth game, Carlini would rather get the victory this next time around.”At Michigan, we were missing (senior) Aubrey (Meierotto), who’s obviously a huge part of our team,” Carlini said. “But Michigan’s always the match that I get really excited about, so I just want to fight hard, and hope we can do well.”Wack, who carries a 56-match double-digit digs streak into the weekend, said the team has worked hard in order to take care of business against MSU and Michigan.”It will be nice to be back in front of our home crowd,” she said. “We were out of sync last time, but you have to give both teams credit, they’re both tough. But I think this time, we’re more prepared, we’re more focused.”Jeffers said there have been some changes on the court in preparation for the home stretch going into the tournament.”We’ve been working a lot on our passing, and I think it’s improved a lot since the last time we played the [Spartans and Wolverines],” she explained. “We’re adding in a back-row attack now, so there are just a few different things that should help us.”And the final bit of incentive of Senior Night cannot be overlooked. Meierotto and Sheila Shaw will be honored on Saturday night before their last regular-season home match.”I’m really sad to have them leave. They just bring so much to our team,” Jeffers said. “They’re great leaders; we can look to them when we need a big point in a match. They’ve done a great job of carrying us this year.”last_img read more