Last night I was back in what seems to be the general go-to place in Baltimore, The Ottobar, to see the awesome Shonen Knife, who are currently on their 30th anniversary tour. What a great night of music it was: three opening bands plus Shonen Knife, and only ten bucks to get in - wot a bargain!
Now, history dictates that once you go past two opening acts you're getting into questionable territory as far as band quality, especially when all of the openers are local bands. Baltimore, however, has a pretty decent scene going these days, and in last night's case the rule did not apply. The openers were great - not a clinker in the lineup!
I admit to going out on a limb saying that about The Degenerettes, who were up first, only because by the time we arrived we really only caught the last two and a half songs of their set - not really enough to make a true assessment, but what we heard was very good.
|The Osaka Ramones!|
It was a stellar night, start to finish, and I highly recommend seeing any of these bands if you get the chance. Shonen Knife, of course, was much fun, but it was nice to be so pleasantly surprised by Plurals and The Quarantines as well. As usual, additional pics will be up on our Facebook page later today.