(Reposted from the End of 2010 Lists)
These six shows are the ones that will stick with me; the ones most deeply etched, the ones the crawled in the farthest and wrapped themselves around the wiring.
Owen Pallett @ The Lincoln Alexander Theatre, February 27
"As you watch him build, construct, and compile the bold threads of each layered composition, there's a sense of awe and wonder. You want to crawl inside his head and see the parts; watch the delicate machinery of his classical mind as the string lines, percussion and vocals are choreographed into a fervent swelling existence."
Fucked Up @ The Opera House,
"It felt as though 9,999 of the 10,000 watts in The Opera House were slowly being pumped into the atmosphere. You felt it more and more in your body. It swelled and grew in your gut. Bodies continued flying from the stage, some hitting the hands of waiting caregivers, others hitting with clenched jaws and pained expressions."
Titus Andronicus @ Sneeky Dee's,
"I found myself moving in pulses, holding firm to the speaker as the intermittent waves from the pit sent me sideways and over it. I held my ground in a small pocket of us who wanted to enjoy, and bask in the incandescent flow."
Frightened Rabbit @ The Opera House, May 4
"We beam as Hutchison steps forward of the monitors and unplugs his guitar, leaves the mic behind and with a chorus of kindred, sings soft "oohs" aside lyrics of memory and loss. It's our soundtrack, but his life."Bass Lions @ 30 Garfield,
"Faces close together, expectant, as you’re bathed in the simultaneous sound, unable to turn away as you look for signs of connection. It’s intimate and stripping but strengthens and emboldens our desire."
Ra Ra Riot @ The Mod Club,
"The songs bruise hearts as ripe peaches, plucked at their peak, gentle pressure softening an unrecoverable small portion. Pangs, pains, furrowed expressions, elation and reminiscence as my hand clutched across to my shoulder or beat in perfect synch against my chest."