Michelle at Empire Control Room, Austin, Texas

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“Michelle” Austin, 2022

I’ve been listening to the NYC-based band Michelle for a couple of years now, and love their songs so much. When I saw that they were coming to Empire Control Room in Austin as part of their Lavender tour, I immediately bought a ticket.

The show was awesome! Empire Control Room is pretty small, so even standing at the back, the stage was pretty close. They played for about an hour, and I heard all of my favorite songs, including FYO and Sunrise. The singers, Layla, Sophia, Emma, and Jamee, sounded great, and looked like they were having so much fun.

Julian and Charlie held down the percussion, bass, and programming and were also super-funny.

I really enjoyed the show, and was glad I went. It’s one of those life-experiences that I will cherish forever.

Tennis at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

“Tennis” Austin, 2021

Tonight I saw a band I really like play a show at Stubb’s. Tennis was awesome! They sounded great, with Alaina Moore singing perfectly and her husband Patrick Riley’s guitar work excellent.

The setlist was really good, and I got to hear most of my favorite songs. They pretty much spread out the setlist over their entire discography, which I prefer over setlists that just focus on the latest album.

Here’s one of the “oldies” from 2013 that they played:

Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater is a cool place to hear live music. It’s outdoors so if the weather is nice, it makes for a great time. Tonight happened to be clear and in the low 70s so it was perfect. One bad thing about Stubb’s is that people tend to talk a lot during the show, so if you want to just hear the music, you should move close to the front. Otherwise all the talking can get really annoying. I moved around a few times just to get away from loud conversations.

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“Stubb’s” Austin, 2021

This was the first concert I’ve been to since the pandemic started. The band required negative COVID tests or proof of vaccination, and the staff was indeed checking everyone at the gate. However, I still wore a mask the entire time. (I was one of only a handful people masked up)

I was a little nervous going to the show because of COVID, but I’m really glad I did. It was a lot of fun and I even came home with a new t-shirt. 😄

🎶 Ruru – Another

Maybe we have a future
Or maybe we won’t last another world?
Darling won’t you come and rest with me?

🎶 Perfume 「FLASH」

❤PERFUME🎶

I always get chills when I hear the beginning of the song, and I love the karuta moves that Perfume does in the video. That’s in reference to the fantastic Chihayafuru movies of which Flash is the theme song! Here’s the movie version of the music video:

Lyrics with translation can be found here, or you can just turn on the subtitles in the YouTube video. 😀

🎶 The Ink Spots – I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire

I don’t want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

For some reason, this song makes my eyes fill with tears. 😭