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Last Night: Mogwai at the Bluebird

Last Night: Mogwai at the Bluebird
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite as seen through the lens of Jon Solomon

Mogwai, Women
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Bluebird Theater
Better than:
Listening to layered and nuanced instrumental music as background.
Instrumental music is not dead.

For all the prominence of vocal-driven music in the modern pop scene, a careful and dynamic approach to the subtleties of instrumental music can still draw a loyal fan base -- and a considerable crowd. The durability of such a carefully constructed sound was on full display during the Mogwai's set at the Bluebird last night, as the sold out crowd remained respectfully hushed for the entirety of the quintet's two-hour set.

Last Night: Mogwai at the Bluebird
Photo: Jon Solomon (click to enlarge)

While Mogwai's set did not contain the musical acrobatics or compositional variation of some other instrumental genres (namely jazz and classical), neither did it lack any attention to detail.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: I had expended much energy during two Gene Ween shows just a day before the Mogwai performance, so my enthusiasm was a bit dimmed on Tuesday.
Random detail: At the beginning of Women's set, a girl in the front row fell straight backward onto the floor and was subsequently carried out by Bluebird bouncers. It made for a surreal beginning to the concert.
By the way: John Cummings stayed onstage for at least five minutes after the rest of the band had left, just messing with his pedals and experimenting with tones.

Mogwai Set List
05/12/09 - Bluebird Theater

01. I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
02. Scotland's Shame
03. Hunted
04. Christmas Steps
05. Killing All the Flies
06. I Love You, I'm Going to Blow Up Your School
07. Summer
08. Ithaca
09. Autorock
10. I Know You are But What Am I?
11. Friend of the Night/Batcat

Encore

12. 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
13. We're No Here


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