Jennifer Charles would appeal to the Mazzy Star fan.
Actually, the Mazzy Star fan would probably have a hard time
telling Hope Sandoval from Jennifer Charles. Their marathon
set (I thought it would never end) was a real tribute to
Mazzy Star, it was kind of like the Mazzy Star experience. I
kept wanting to yell "do Fade Into You!" This band blows.
Liquorice was in fine form tonight. Their sound was
very good, Jenny and Dan have been playing together for long
enough for their guitars to mesh nicely. Jenny made up some
new words in "Team Player" and pulled a stupid face at Dan
who laughed at her for forgetting her own song. The crowd,
who was definitely ready for Luna, got a little fidgety,
especially when Jenny spent about 5 minutes describing a
Bates Stamper to introduce a song.
Luna was basically amazing. They opened the set with
"Friendly Advice" from Bewitched and commenced to play about
three quarters of the album. I figure they either don't know
the material from Penthouse as well as the old stuff, or they
don't like it as much. In any case, they sounded
perfect--the guitar solos were long and complex, yet they
never felt drawn out because they were so well done. They
ended with Beat Happening's "Indian Summer" from the Slide EP
and it was a beautiful thing, a spiritual experience.
Penthouse may not be the greatest album ever, but Luna is a
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