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Over the weekend: Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) at the Bluebird

Over the weekend: Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) at the Bluebird
Doug Beam

Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story), The Knew, Jim McTurnan and the Kids That Killed the Man
October 24, 2009
Bluebird Theater
Just Like:
Heaven

This was the final moment of Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story), the last song in a too-short set that was just long enough for the band to play every song they know. And we were down to something like one guitar and one keyboard and eight voices singing their souls ragged, and if you closed your eyes you could feel it. There is something in this world that connects us all. You're welcome to call it God or fate or goodness or whatever you want, but it's there and it's the reason we slog through our days. And finding that thing and holding it for a few seconds or minutes, that was why Everything Absent or Distorted existed in the first place. They got there, to transcendence, more often than most bands but especially right then during their last song ever. If you closed your eyes you could actually feel it in your spine: This is why pop music matters.

Over the weekend: Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) at the Bluebird
The Knew (Doug Beam)

Jim McTurnan and the Kids That Killed the Man opened. They're still looking for a permanent second guitarist, but the three of them kicked ass anyway. Think Mudhoney without the emotional baggage. The Knew followed with some long-hair garage rock 'n roll. Not that either set wasn't good, but it seems wrong to say much about them. This was Everything Absent or Distorted's night, from the time the doors opened until the house lights came up at 12:45 and Maher, shirtless, lingered on stage holding his banjo and a pedal as though unsure what he should do now.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias:
The most ridiculous thing about how much I love this band is that if you broke the music into descriptive bullet points I would find nothing to like. What I'm saying is it's not about taste.
Random Detail: Props to Man-killing bassist Josh Wambke on his HEALTH t-shirt.
By The Way: EAOD released its final record, The Lucky One at the show. They gave out a hundred free copies, and it will be available online shortly. You should get it as soon as you humanely can because it's really freaking good.


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