I’ve got to bullet point this, y’all, I’m so shredded from the last few days that I can hardly think.
- Cloudlines opened. Cloudlines is a band full of my photographer buddies, and they were really excellent. Tight musically, catchy songs, and Abby can sing like nobody’s business. A+, will see again. (And get shots of more than just Abby and Lalitree, who were the only people I had good angles on.)
- I’ve always described Megafaun as Americana meets Philip Glass, which is not incorrect, but last night, after the first song, they shut the laptop and they just rocked out. They played a set full of twangy, catchy songs, sing-alongs and shout-alongs and distribute-the-handheld-percussion-to-the-audience-alongs. (Those last are my favorite.) Brad Cook also put his acoustic around shep.’s neck at one point; she looked at it a bit like it was a wild animal and lay it carefully back down on the stage.
- There was surprise John Darnielle blues harmonica solo.
- Megafaun is just so much fun — I’ve never seen them play a bad show, because they love being up in front of a crowd, no matter the size, engaging their audience and eliciting responses from hipsters. They were in fine, funny form last night, and with the addition of Mark Paulson on violin and keys, they sound richer and bigger. I think 2011 is going to be a good year for them.
- The second encore acoustic sing-along of “Worried Mind” was one of the most gorgeous, goose-bump raising things I’ve ever heard or participated in. It was stunning. I hope someone got good video.
- Kings sold out is manageable and tolerable; unlike other venues that sell out, I never felt pressed in or cut off. A+ review on that front.
- The new lighting scheme in there still sucks, though — my 100mm/2.8 was practically unusable. I’m sad about that, because it was one of my go-to lenses for so long, and it sort of pales in comparison to the new 50mm. f1.4 is just cleaner than f2.8. I’ll have to give it a run in the Cradle or the Lincoln to know for sure, but I’m hoping it’s just Kings and their light-suck.
- I didn’t want to go out last night. I was tired, and cranky, and my head hurt, and it was cold. I walked out of that show energized and powered up, high on the local scene and the people I know and the music I get to hear. It was exactly the set I needed. Full photo set is here.
I was going to try and hit a fifth show in four days today, but instead I am going to take a long nap. I need a long nap.