of Montreal / The Blow / Rubies @ Great American Music Hall

Briefly (for the February 2, 2007 show):

1. Rubies – Endearingly, awkwardly indie girl pop.  Potential but some growing to do.  They definitely need to get a drummer and stop using a drum machine, especially live.  Maybe a little too "easy listening" at times, things lose momentum.
Recommended listening: Stand In A Line, Diamonds On Fire

Rubies

2. The Blow – Very Northwest indie pop, lovably quirky vocals layered over interesting instrumental tracks.  Included some interesting dancing and an entertaining running dialogue about running to karaoke bars in Portland in the middle of the night in one's jeans.
Recommended listening: True Affection, Hey Boy

The Blow

3. of Montreal – Absolutely fantastic – highly recommended for a solidly fun musical time with some damn good showmanship.  Kevin Barnes entertained us with antics and multiple costume changes, including one that involved a ladder and a headdress (see pic below).
Recommended listening: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (especially Suffer For Fashion, We Were Born Mutants Again With Leafling, Cato As A Pun, Gronlandic Edit, Faberge Falls For Shuggie, Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider, She's A Rejector), The Party's Crashing Us, Forecast Fascist Future, Oslo In The Summertime, Requiem For O.M.M.2

Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal

And here are two videos that I took on my digital camera:


The latter is a little short, but I had to dance!

4. Great American Music Hall is a fantastic venue.

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