Listening to Music: At Home and/or At A Show?

Listening to Music: At Home and/or At A Show?

Grace Shu
Jul 16, 2009
Last night's show at the Roundhouse in Camden: Friendly Fires
As much as I enjoy blogging for Apartment Therapy, I have to say that I love my day job. I'm over in London right now for the iTunes London Festival; and last night was the first night that I went out to the venue to see Friendly Fires. They put on a fantastic live show--the crowd was amazing, the energy high; and despite the vast size of the Roundhouse, it still felt like an intimate show. As the show came to a close, I overheard two people talking about attending live shows versus listening to the albums at home. True enough, there are people who are music fans that prefer to stay at home and listen to the studio album rather than dealing with the general hassle of going to watch a band play live...

I admit, I'm not a huge fan of outdoor summer music festivals, i.e. Coachella, where there are just masses of drunk people partying out in the baking sun. In fact, these past few years, I've begun leaning towards the "Stay at Home and Listen the Record" category, saying things like, "I'm getting too old to go to shows. The recuperation time is starting to get longer and longer." But after the experience of seeing Friendly Fires live, I'm remembering how great a live show can be.

How about you? Do you prefer to listen to an album at home, or do you also make the effort to go see the band or artist in person? For those of you who listen to music at home, what kind of audio set up do you have?

P.S. For all of you folks in LA who want to see a great band tonight, our very own Beth "The Zeigenmeister" Zeigler and her band Kissing Cousins are playing at the Echo at 9 pm. The rest of the Apartment Therapy LA team will be there, so come over and say hi! More details here.

P.P.S. For any of you in London who may want to check out the iTunes London Festival, check out the line-up and win tickets here.

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