, attached to 2013-08-05

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw I will start by saying I do have some mixed feelings about this show. The conflict I have is I feel that some of the song choices were bland and almost generic. But this show had peaks and energy in parts that made me so grateful to be there.

I will start with the bland.
Bag as an opener to me is almost always dull and boring, and I feel the energy wasn't there to properly start a show. The segue into Moma is always enjoyable but still average and dull for me. Roses was standard and I could have gone with it or without it. Ocelot also was average and in my opinion has been way to overplayed this summer, I wish they could have put something else in that slot. The only issue I really had with the second set was Golden Age which I'm not really much of a fan of to begin with. It was average and I feel it is just a go to slot for the second set that has also been overplayed.

Now the highlights
Sparkle was an awesome surprise for me and It was played very well. The lighting and climax at the end was amazing, I feel this was when things finally kicked into gear. STFTFP was also pretty good, although it is always played just as a normal song the end chorus this whole tour has been phenomenal and this one was no different. Lawn boy was comical and fun, and Pages high notes at the end gave everyone a good laugh. Now for the wolfman, this was the heartbeat of the first set, the beat never stopped and everyone was on top of it. Page has been amazing jamming out of wolfman and fishman kept the rhythm going relentlessly. Scent is always a welcome surprise and this was a special one. The bass mallet was a very cool edition and was an awesome spacey mid point for the song. One thing I love about mule is how off into space it goes and BAM! There's Mike singing again. It was nothing short of fantastic. While my Guitar Gently Weeps was also a welcome surprise and well played. Great way to end a set.

Set II
Chalkdust although generic as a set opener was a welcome boost of energy and got things going, nothing more to say about it but good energy. BOAF was standard but also got the crowd in gear and got us ready for an a little above average sand that got the groove going in full swing. What I do have to say about the sand is the lighting (like most of the show) was spot on and fantastic, complimenting the song very well. DWD was also average but I was happy to catch it. MFMF was FANTASTIC! And very well played and was perfectly placed for the monster that was about to come upon us. The "hollyhood" was this monster, and I can honestly say no one in attendance really saw it coming. The odd thing I can say about this hood jam is it felt like it bounced around more than flowed into different ideas. But it worked for me and kept going and going. I loved the funk I loved the ambient nature of it. And in my personal opinion was one of the best hoods played in a while. All I can say is listen to it and see if it works for you, because it did for me. Character Zero had amazing energy and peaked like crazy! The place was shaking towards the energy. As for Loving Cup I have to say I immediately felt disappointed when I heard the piano at the beginning thinking "great another loving cup encore". But this one felt different and I felt it peak like no other cup I've heard before. And I felt it was a great ending to the evening and I felt it left the audience in kind of a union with each other.

All in all great evening with peaks that made up for the shortcomings.


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