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Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis

Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis
M.Pyres and the Skygaze Family Band (Tom Murphy)

Desolation Wilderness, M. Pyres & the Skygaze Family Band, Woodsman and Milton Melvin Croissant III
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Rhinoceropolis
Better Than:
The previous Desolation Wilderness appearance in Denver.

The show opened with M. Pyres & The Skygaze Family Band. Behind the drum kit, Logan Corcoran of Bad Weather California was filling in for the night and adding his considerable skills to the mix. The band performed lovely, expansive lo-fi power pop. Halfway or so through the set, Matt Sage told us that they wouldn't be playing any more old material. What ensured was a group of songs that were step in the right direction for this band, and it reminded me of a lot of those Flying Nun bands, especially the Clean, with distorted yet resonant riffs and intensity coupled with pretty melodies. There was a bit of the dreamier side of Sebadoh in the sound and Sage has rarely performed with greater confidence.

Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis
Milton Melvin Croissant III (Tom Murphy)

The night ended with an impressive set from Milton Melvin Croissant III. For this performance, he used a projection of a video he had made himself consisting of color patterns, scenes of insects walking, wilderness and other refinements. Croissant's mixture of psych folk, pop and the avant garde rimmed by trebly guitar and echoing vocals and raw passion ensured the show finished on a high note.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias: Kind of a fan of inspired lo-fi.
Random Detail: Zwart plays through a Roland JC-120.
By the Way: Desolation Wilderness is not a shoegaze band and doesn't pretend to be.

SET LIST
Desolation Wilderness
08/27/09 - Rhinoceropolis

1. Venice Beach
2. Boardwalk Theme
3. Moon Dreams
4. Restless Heart
5. Slow Fade
6. No Tomorrow
7. And All The Boys Looked


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