My wife and I got tickets to see Soul Asylum and Local H at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night. I was looking forward to seeing Pirner and the band, but my wife was absolutely stoked to see Local H. She had seen them years ago, I'd never seen them and wasn't familiar with a lot of their material outside of 'Bound For The Floor' and 'Eddie Vedder' from the As Good As Dead album. We ran into a couple of friends and were chatting until the house lights went down... ...and Soul Asylum never had a chance. Local H came on and burned the place down. Taking the stage to the strains of 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham! (yes, really), they came out dressed like Wham! from that video and launched into one of the most intense sets I've ever seen. Scott Lucas played a modded Strat (and later a Tele) into a Matchless head and Marshall cab, a Vox AC-30 and some solid state bass head into an SVT cab, and his sound was HUGE. Local H was the first two-man band to go big, back in the Grunge era. The prototype for Black Keys, White Stripes, and any other duo act you'd care to name, only heavier than all of them put together. Their set got progressively more manic, and by the time they finished up there was nothing left to be said. We stayed for Soul Asylum and they sounded damn good, but after Local H they were just tame. We stayed for 4 songs and headed back to the car. On the way out, Scott Lucas was at the merch table (another thing to love about these guys - they ran their own merch and they loaded their own gear off the stage after they were done). I stopped and told him that I felt bad for Soul Asylum having to follow them every night. He shooshed me, but he was smiling. They're coming back to NYC in June, and we're definitely going. These guys are too good to miss. They convinced me last night.