Friday, December 21, 2012

The Raveonettes, live @ Kyttaro Club (Athens, December 16, 2012)

Our last gig review of the year and a good opportunity to look back on all the live action that 2012 had to offer us:

The Raveonettes, live @ Kyttaro Club, Athens, Dec. 16, 2012)
Looking back on the gigs we've covered this year, I have to say that 2012 turned out to be a surprisingly good year for live music in Athens. Although we're quite a long way out from the established European live music routes, a very interesting mix of up and coming new acts including Ty Segall, Japandroids, The Men, Milk Music and Still Corners made it to Athens for the first time ever, while a handful of our all-time favorites (The Fall, The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan) also made a stop here in the past 12 months.

Another old favorite band, The Raveonettes, made their eagerly awaited come back to Athens last Sunday after a long time, filling Kyttaro club to capacity. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo accompanied by a drummer gave us a thoroughly satisfying dose of their sweet noise-pop blend, in a well-balanced 70-minute set that mixed the new stuff with the old favorites.

Their simple formula continues to work well a decade since they made their debut with the early '00s classic "Attack of the Ghost Riders", a track that remains one of the highlights of their set. Other high-points of the evening included “My Tornado”, “Love in a Trashcan”, “Dead Sound”, “Aly, Walk With Me”, “She Owns The Streets” and the encore with "The Christmas Song" duet and "Heart Of Stone" which you can watch below:

The Raveonettes - Heart of Stone (live @ Kyttaro, Athens, Dec. 16, 2012) 

And, finally, just before we get into the Christmas spirit with our Top Singles of the Year List (coming very soon), here's another 2012 list. This year, we've written about 15 concerts and 2 festivals (Plisskën in Athens and Optimus Alive in Lisbon). These are, according to the statistics from blogger, our 10 most popular live music posts of the year:

1. Plisskën Festival '12 (Athens, May 12, with Dead Skeletons, Forest Swords, King Khan, Male Bonding, Michael Rother, Peaches, The Notwist)
2. The Fall (Gagarin 205, Athens, February 10, with The Mongrelettes)
3. The Afghan Whigs (Vox, Athens, May 29, with Bokomolech)
4. Milk Music (Six D.O.G.S, Athens, May 23, with Pockets Full Of Sand and The Mongrelettes)
5. Mark Lanegan Band (Fuzz Club, Athens, April 5)
6. Shearwater (An Club, Athens, April 21)
7. Optimus Alive '12 (Lisbon, July 13 & 14, with Big Deal, Dum Dum Girls, Here We Go Magic, Refused, The Antlers, The Stone Roses, Zola Jesus)
8. Optimus Alive '12 (Lisbon, July 15, with Caribou, Mazzy Star, Radiohead, The Kills, The Maccabees, Warpaint)
9. Thee Oh Sees (An Club, Athens, June 4, with Baby Guru)
10. Keep Shelly In Athens & Baby Guru (Gagarin, Athens, March 29)

Sune and Sharin getting into the Christmas spirit

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