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Lower Dens with Bear In Heaven @ Doug Fir

Concerts for the most part have started to feel more like art galleries instead of performances. Nowhere was this problem more prevalent than at the Doug Fir when Lower Dens took the stage. The band sounded great and I even bought their album after the show, but it honestly seemed like they went out of their way to be disconnected from the crowd.
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Owen w/ Rocky Votolato – Show Review & Photo Gallery @ Lincoln Hall

Those who have never been to an Owen show take note: When Mike Kinsella, the sole creative force behind the project, takes the stage, he does what he wants -- especially in front of a home crowd. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, riffing on audience members, telling shameless jokes about the Ben Roethlisberger sex scandal and putting the mental image of a dog getting a tattoo into the collective head of a room full of people.
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The Dead Trees – Show Review

"Do you know what kind of bums me out?, the glut of “country fried” rock bands springing up north of the Mason-Dixon line. Have you no sense of history? Have you no sense of geography? It’s akin to a punk band coming out of Beverly Hills. It’s just so wrong on so many levels."