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Over the weekend: Six Months to Live at the Meadowlark

Over the weekend: Six Months to Live at the Meadowlark

Six Months to Live, deadbubbles and Dario Rosa
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Meadowlark
Better Than:
The second big snowstorm of the season outside.

Opening act deadbubbles set the pace for the rest of the show with an energetic set of rock and roll full of more than its fair share of weirdness and eccentricity mixed in to keep things interesting. Frontman Arlo White leaped, pranced and gestured with tasteful bombast about the room during the band's set, and during "6669," he held a utility light with a red filter close to his face. Normally this might come off as kind of a cheesy gesture, but White and the rest of the band performed each song with absolute conviction in the material that even this momentary affectation added to the showmanship. Toward the end of the set, the guys played one of their strongest numbers, the early solo Eno/T. Rex-esque "Sparkle Jets," before concluding with another of its best songs, "Rock Solid!" aided by Six Months to Live's Greg Hill on sax and Zack Littlefield of Dario Rosa on tambourine.

Over the weekend: Six Months to Live at the Meadowlark
Six Months to Live (Tom Murphy)

The bittersweetness of "Ushi" was palpable, while "Sole Operator" sounded like it could have come out of Motown. After playing "Selective Hearing," Hill told us in his affectedly hilariously hoarse voice that he and his bandmates would take a quick break -- which they did and which lasted precisely two seconds, and back they were with the jazz-inflected "Carol Is." For what we were told was the first time, Six Months played "Welcome Home" right before a stupendously good version of David Bowie's "Starman." Near the end of its set, the act played a joyous, if gloriously warped, version of The Stones' "Dead Flowers," during which Arlo White and Dario Rosa joined in on the choruses. But the show wasn't over yet, and we were treated to an encore of "How to Conquer Grief" and "Do You Want to Rock and Roll?"

Fittingly, Six Months to Live played its last set ever like it had nothing left to lose.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias:
Six Months to Live recently became one of my favorite Denver bands.
Random Detail: Zack Littlefield was the drummer for Six Months to Live for around two years.


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