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February 2, 2010

Concert review: Wye Oak and Arbouretum at G-Spot

wye oak at the 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)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:00 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Concert reviews


Bmore Musically Informed.

Glad you enjoyed, thanks for coming Duffster!

sounds awesome, i have yet to see a bad show from wye oak.

i was planning on going but i heard from a friend that it sold out, so i made other plans.

thanks for the recap.

dude this stinks! why not actually try real journalism! You have no idea what you're talking about! get a real job! Clearly a liberal slant to this whole concert MOM lover!
Why r you picking on Jen? WHy not mess with a MAN for a change!
-Welcome to the WHOLE blogger experience Duffster!

My fault Brett. Whiffed on that one. I will BMore informed next time. But it was a great event. Love that space and looking forward to more shows with BMI in the future.

And geez redman. wasn't picking on anyone. She said it. I was reporting what I saw. Relax.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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