Mar 222009

With the impending Sunday morning flight home looming large, Saturday night wasn’t an all-out affair (had to forgo the after-hours Psychedelic Horseshit/Tyvek show under the pedestrian bridge), but it still provided some memorable scenes.

My night ended with another stellar garage pop set by Box Elders as part of the Goner showcase. Leading up to that, I spent another good block of time at Ms. Bea’s. Kurt Vile played a solid batch of psychedelic ‘70s throwback, stoner rock songs. I preferred the more raw stuff Vile opened with, but the quieter songs grew on me as the set went on. Cause Co-Motion followed with a decent showing of Brooklyn punk, which sounded good enough but didn’t necessarily translate in this setting for whatever reason.

My favorite from the Bea’s run was, perhaps predictably, Psychedelic Horseshit’s edgy romp through the some of the better parts of the band’s repertoire of new songs, culminating with a brief guest appearance from Los Llamarada’s vocalists. The following sets from Blank Dogs and Eat Skull were just fine, but lacked the radioactive spark of Horsehit.  I also got to see Thee Oh Sees, but once again I felt the patio setting wasn’t the best for them, and I’d still like to catch them in a proper venue.

The Saturday highlight came via Zola Jesus, who performed as part of the Sacred Bones showcase. In the live setting, her transcendent voice particularly shines, especially in the context of her rangy lo-fi electro-ballads, and the on-stage support provided by Dead Luke added an extra dimension to the sound. She only played four songs (including a haunting cover of “Somebody to Love”), but they were four of the best songs I heard all week.

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