The Go! Team
This U.K.-based pop collective is based around a live band and churns out dirty pop songs that sound like they were produced and recorded up in the attic. But that's just the beginning: then they reconfigure the songs in the studio, adding some trickery and samples, and occasionally a mic-rocking emcee. The result is twee garage pop that also kills on the dancefloor.
The Go! Team Concert Films
Live at Brooklyn Bowl
The Go! Team
Runtime: 59 minThe Go! Team are a six-piece band from Brighton, England. They combine indie rock and garage rock with a mixture of blaxploitation and Bollywood soundtracks, double dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources. The band's vocals vary between performances: while live vocals are handled mostly by Ninja (with Tsuchida and Fukami-Taylor also singing some solos), vocals on record also feature sampled and guest voices.
The Go! Team Top Tracks
Live in the Canal Room
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 26 minRa Ra Riot. Such an appropriate name. The cheerleader-esque "Ra ra" chant evokes images of high school, all of which can be found in this youthful band. You've got your photogenic prom queens on violin and cello. Your shaggy-haired Drama Club Stud on vocals. Your lovable athletic jock on drums. Your wacky class clowns on guitar and bass. And there's the "Riot" part, which comes close to describing this six-piece's blend of controlled chaos. The songs combine distorted guitar, fat bass, keyboards, orchestrated strings, and vocals. Mix the Arcade Fire with Devo and some coverpage-worthy good looks, and you wouldn't be too far from Ra Ra Riot's enjoyable racket.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minHailing from Portland, Oregon The Decemberists made their first Australian pilgrimage on the back of their 2009 release - The Hazards Of Love - the follow-up to their 2006 breakthrough, The Crane Wife. Here they are performing at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on January 19, 2010.