The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Celebrated Summer Turns Five!!
My favorite record store ever turned five; they had an awesome show to celebrate! And cake! It was a full night of awesome bands that I’ve never seen before and fun.

SAMIAM – The first time I’ve seen Samiam, and they totally owned everything. When I wasn’t singing along I was in awe of what was going on in front of me. This is a great example of a band that’s been around many years and is still on top of the game. One of the best sets I’ve seen all year, they played everything I really wanted to hear, and it was incredible.

WALTER SCHREIFELS – Going into this I had no clue what to expect, it was pretty cool though. A single dude with a guitar folk type deal. The set was pretty good, not the best of this stuff I’ve seen but far from the worst.

MEAN JEANS – Never seen the Mean Jeans before but a big fan, I was stoked for this and they brought it. Super fun, high energy, they did not disappoint. I will be seeing the Mean Jeans if I ever get a chance again and again and again.

HOLLYWOOD – I’ve seen Hollywood a few times, they’re a decent band. I missed this set though, I’m sure it was good.

THE SHIRKS – Another band that I hadn’t seen that I was excited for. They opened the show and almost stole it. These dudes were so good they should have been playing right before Samiam instead of first band. If you get the chance to see them, don’t even think about it, just do it. Buy their records too.


DEEP SLEEP – Maybe their last East Coast show due to one member moving to the west coast. They brought it like they always do, high energy, tight performance. The sound upstairs isn’t the best but they made due. It was a good sized crowd and everybody seemed super into this. I hope I still get to see them many more times.

MURDER – Yet another band I’d never seen. Murder was really good though, high energy punk with the old timeless feel. The singer even felt the need to get up on the pool table and roll around; they couldn’t be contained by the beer soaked floor alone!