Concert review: Wye Oak and Arbouretum at G-Spot
This review comes courtesy of Midnight Sunner Duffster:
On Friday night, Baltimore Musically Informed, one of the best local music-oriented blogs, presented a showcase of Charm City talent at the G-Spot, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.
The lineup was headlined by Baltimore loves Arbouretum and Wye Oak. Both of those bands certainly came through.
But first, a word about the supporting bands, The Violet Hour, Weekends and Sri Aurobindo.
Ok, so I missed Violet, but I’m sure they’re awesome. Still, I was really happy with Weekends and Sri ...
Weekends is a two-piece that just had an intense raw energy that really comes through with nothing but a guitar, a fuzzed out amp and dirty drums. Thanks go to the G-Spot for the free keg beer (later cans of Natty Boh) and red and white wine for getting the party extra-frenzied.
Then, it was Sri, who I compared to a Doors-ey sound. That’s not a bad thing, by the way. Psych rock at its best, which is refreshing at this point in the music biz, with all the synth-pop stuff coming out now.
When the top bills came on, all bets were off. Wye Oak isn’t necessarily the biggest "jump-around" band, but the crowd was definitely bobbing its collective head. I'm pretty sure they busted out at least two new songs, about which front-woman Jenn Wasner admitted, "We haven’t figured out our transitions yet."
Chill, Jenn. You were awesome, in that ethereal but hard-rocking way Wye Oak always brings.
As for Arbouretum, the guys put together a quick set that closed the place down perfectly. They offered a perfect mix between brooding, driving rhythms that were brooding rock at the core and haunting lyrics. But somehow, it’s still a fun – and captivating – party.
One of the best parts of the night came when Arbouretum and Wye Oak joined forces for a closing cover of Neil Young’s “When You Dance, I Can Really Love.” Show-stopper and great ender.
So what am I getting at in this blog entry? Basically, there is never a bad time to support local bands and blogs. It’s obviously something Midnight Sun always champions.
At a time when Pink is performing on the Grammys doing some weird, water-drenched trapeze act above the audience, sometimes the best music is often enjoyed in a small converted warehouse.
The free Natty always helps, too.
(Photo by Duffster)