Concert Reviews

Paul Banks at Bluebird Theater, 11/27/12


When Paul Banks and his band walked on stage last night, with no preamble of any kind, the four musicians took up their positions, and as drifts of fog floated gently by, the guitar sparkle and low-end bass slides introduced one of Banks's best solos, "Skyscraper." The song, from Banks's Julian Plenti record, is pretty enough on its own, but when Banks came in with his haunting voice, which was just shy of a vibrato quaver, it gave the song an undeniably resonant force.

See also: - The five best concerts this week: 11/26-11/30 - Paul Banks on the joys of getting "Logic-ed up" in his hotel room instead of liquored up

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.