Starter Kit

On March 19, 2012, in Music, by mugen

My former student Ryan is guitarist (and media guy) for Starter Kit. Their newest release looks to be 2009’s Unsettled.

Video for their song “Twilight Regret”:

I saw them back in … 2005 maybe?… in Dekalb, Illinois. The keyboardist is a new addition. They’ve stayed in the same hard rock vein with melodic vocals and emotional/internal/relationship-inspired lyrics. They’ve moved a bit away from their former frenetic constantly noodly guitarwork (I liked it!). You can see what I mean about their older stuff here in their first video, for “Tomorrow’s Never Better”:

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On April 13, 2005, in Concert, Music, by mugen

Fugazi (dayton twice, Raleigh, NC)
They Might Be Giants (twice in DeKalb, IL)
Elvis Costello (Raleigh, NC)
The Violent Femmes (Cincinnati twice, DeKalb)
Jane’s Addiction (Toledo and Lollapalooza I in Cleveland*)
Skinny Puppy (Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago twice)
Slipknot (Chicago twice)
Lamb of God + Shadows Fall (Chicago)
Ruby (Chicago)
Black Sabbath (Ozzfest, Chicago)
Sponge (DeKalb)
Pigface (Cleveland twice, Detroit, Chicago)
White Zombie (Detroit twice)
Metric (Chicago)
The Chieftans (Chicago)
Einstürzende Neubauten (Chicago)
Diamanda Galas (Kent State?)
The Pixies (Oberlin, OH)
Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Cleveland)
Sinead O’Connor (Columbus)
ALL (Columbus, Cincinnati)
Tool (Detroit; Raleigh; Ames, IA)
Rammstein + Godhead (northern Indiana)
Metallica (Detroit)
Soul Asylum (DeKalb)
The Breeders (Detroit)
Pantera (Detroit, with White Zombie)
Anything Box (Chicago)
VNV Nation + Haujobb (Chicago)
Gorillaz (Chicago)
North Mississippi Allstars (DeKalb)
Cowboy Mouth (DeKalb)
Gravity Kills (DeKalb)
Nine Inch Nails (Cincinnati, Lollapalooza I in Cleveland)
Liz Phair (Greenville, NC)
Marilyn Manson (Chicago, Raleigh)
Frank Black (Chapel Hill, NC)
Coal Chamber + Disturbed (Chicago)

Big Festivals
Lollapalooza in Cleveland (Jane’s Addiction*, NIN, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T with BodyCount, but I didn’t watch Butthole Surfers or Rollins Band)

Lollapalooza 2 in Cleveland (Lush, Jesus and Mary Chain, Soundgarden, Ice Cube, Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I didn’t watch Pearl Jam)

Lollapalooza 3 in Detroit (Rage Against the Machine, Front-242, Babes in Toyland, Fishbone, Arrested Development, Dinosaur Jr. [yawn], Alice in Chains, Primus, Tool on the sidestage)

Lilith Fair in Columbus (Sinead O’Connor, Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, but Sarah Maclachlan was sick)

Ozzfest 2001 (Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Crazy Town [ugh!], Papa Roach, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Godhead, Otep, Union Underground, Nonpoint)

*Perry Ferell held my hand all the way thru “Standing in the Shower…Thinking”

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