Concert Reviews

Small Black at Rhinoceropolis, 11/13/10

SMALL BLACK
With Class Actress • Pictureplane • Vitamins
11.13.10 | Rhinoceropolis

This was a grittier than ever version of Vitamins. On the first song, it was obvious that someone had triggered a sample or a loop or something generating electronic sounds behind the band. Either way, it filled in some of the sparse melodies in just the right places with the appropriate sonic coloring. If the songs that this band wrote for Songs for Stem Cells were dark, the newer material seems noteworthy for its bright, crisp sound like the music is reaching out toward broad vistas.

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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.