moe. or less
Hiro Ballroom, NYC
1 set: Downward Facing Dog->St. Augustine, Haze, Rainshine*, Paper Dragon*, Puebla->Moth
Encore: Chromatic Nightmare, Rebubula*
*with acrobatic dancers in giant fabric swings
Come on, moe., you can do better than that. Although they didn’t really have much to prove to anyone. This was basically a feel good, low key event to celebrate all that is moe. before the real work begins on tour this Friday in my former city, Seattle. But it didn’t have to be so vanilla. It was my first time hearing any of the new album’s songs live, but I’ve heard “Puebla” on recordings a bunch, and that song is the real deal. It’s almost always a springboard to bigger and better things. But it just didn’t get there last night. Chuck spent most of his solo exploring the minor blues pentatonic scale. Sure, he’s got killer chops, but it just wasn’t harmonically or melodically exciting. moe. has the ability to do what my favorite jam bands do: to leave song structures and expected harmonic progressions behind and to carve out new territory. Maybe they’re just saving their energy for tour. That’s my hope, at least.
“Rebubula” killed. If they had opened with that song, it might have changed the course of the night…
But enough. Any band, even my favorite ones, are allowed an off night every now and then (I’m looking at you, Phish 6/1/11 and 12/31/11). Just don’t make it a habit.
More importantly: PICTURES! I took a ton of pictures at the show, and only three of them ran with the article on Consequence of Sound (and they didn’t include a gallery). So here are the rest of the pictures that I wanted to include. These are the best from what I got, click on any to view bigger as a slide show. Enjoy!!
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