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mackro 1
(Showbox Market... not Sodo)
Posted by mackro on December 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM · Report this
McBomber 2
I admit I don't know the Mountain Goats, aside from that song they frequently play in the morning on KEXP, but I really enjoyed this review. It's refreshing to see a reviewer let themselves be swallowed up in the emotion of the show, rather than nit-picking details about playlists and sound-engineering. Personally, with live shows, I'm more interested in the energy of a performance than the music itself. I will be on the lookout for their next show!
Posted by McBomber on December 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM · Report this
singing cynic 3
I heard him play here in Massachusetts a few years ago, and it's still one of the best concerts I've ever been to for just the reasons you shared here. He's such an engaged performer, you can't help but get swept up in whatever energy he's experiencing.
Posted by singing cynic on December 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
The thing about the Showbox is the chatter that usually comes from the bar area from people dragged by friends who don't care about whoever's on stage. During quiet moments and between songs you can hear it on the floor. One of the subtle epic moments of this show was during a quiet song I heard the pfft of a can opening at the bar from way up front. Damn, he had everyone's attention.
Posted by BornAgainInBellevue on December 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
This was my 15th Mountain Goats show, and it has to have had the best setlist of any I'd been too (including "secret" niche shows on the east coast. This is largely due to the obligatory Transcendental Youth-heavy picks, but that's ok because TY is a really, really good album.

Also let's take a minute to appreciate Peter Hughes' AMAZING suit and dancing, and Jon Wurster's solid backbone beat. It was a fantastic show.
Posted by Sezah on December 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this

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