Last weekend was amazing for anyone who loves '90s post-punk/emo (me), with weather to match! Joan of Arc played a stripped-down, quick set at Bunk Bar Friday night to a crowd of loyal fans. We suffered through the strange screeching sounds of the openers... Space Adventure of Dionysus on Acid or something? (They had a didgeridoo. And screeching.) I think most of us just went outside. Joan of Arc's set as a whole was perplexing at times, with strange solo songs that were sans music and more performance art, and a fairly abrupt ending. From what I hear that is pretty typical. It was still great to see them play and hear some favorite songs.
Sunday was a magical night at the Mission Theater—Ian MacKaye and his partner Amy Farina make up the guitar/drum duo the Evens, and we spent an hour swooning over their presence. It felt special to be in a beautiful setting tucked out of the rain with talent as great and respected as Fugazi frontman MacKaye. The Evens' records are all solid, their most recent being last years The Odds. The set was engaging, thoughtful, political, and warm. A real moment.
Photos after the Jump!