Best Live Artist - 2009
The Blind Shake
It's said that great art should be out of reach, but just barely. Perhaps that's why the Blind Shake have such an engaging live presence. There is something familiar in their blood-and-guts garage rock, but it's only distantly familiar, like the map of a dream. Strident and asphyxiating, their songs are hypnoses of too many decibels. And with just three wee pieces? It's a gourmet food fight on a fast-food budget. Catch them while you can. Stand close enough to the stage and you just might feel your head splitting apart at the seams.