, attached to 2012-08-26

Review by Nader

Nader Killer old-school show with tons of energy and some really solid playing. There were no big surprises, but Bitch all the way through Bowie made for one of the strongest first sets I've ever seen. Page made my jaw drop a number of times; he gets MVP for the night without a doubt. Fluffhead was extra awesome for the middle of the first set, and just what we needed to hear at the time. I'm pretty sure I called this at some point.

Crosseyed was a first for me; it was good to scratch that one off the list, after so many shows. It didn't seem to go as far out there as other crosseyed's of late, but who's counting? The middle section of McGrupp seemed extra intense; I'm don't know if I've seen or heard it played quite like that; I'll have to go back and listen. For pure group improvisation, Tweezer was downright beautiful; it was a dreamy, watery, blissful kind of tweezer, a thing of beauty. If you don't hear anything else from this set, check out this Tweezer. Hood didn't really stand out to me, but it may warrant a relisten due to other reviews I've heard; Weekapaug was fairly strong, definitely one of the better ones in recent memory.

BBFCFM encore was a fun surprise, another one to scratch off my bucket list; Trey was having a blast running around the stage and hamming it up with the feedback and guitar antics. and of course they sent us home on a high note with the Tweeprise.

All in all, a pretty sick show with a nonstop energy and a relentless pace. Bouncin' and Horse>Silent were really the only breathers!
And I'm not sure how often you get to hear gin, fluffhead, bowie, mikes, tweezer, crosseyed->Mcgrupps and hood all in the same night! Mikes, Gin, Bowie and Hood were fairly standard, but Tweezer is a MUST HEAR.

I might have liked to see a few more surprises, but was quite pleased with my single phish outing for the year. It's good to see they still have it.


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