Bowerbirds have been popping up on my radar for quite some time as they have been touring a lot and releasing some really nice music. Coming from North Carolina this trio plays simple but enjoyable tunes and their live set is faithful to the recordings. They swing by again for CMJ.
It’s always a guaranteed good time when the Mountain Goats come to town. I especially enjoy his “in between albums” shows where he tends to play a lot more older and obscure tunes from his large repertoire. John and Peter seemed a bit more animated this time around and felt this was one the best shows yet. They played some songs never played before and even one that Peter took for his own band. Although I didn’t recognize many of the songs, his lyrics are so poignant and heart felt that you can’t help be swept away in its narrative. John was on fire as he danced around the stage and even head butted Peter at one point. He broke a string and reminded the old fans on how back in the day that would be the end of the show. Luckily he had another guitar handy and delivered a bunch more tunes and 2 incredible encores.
Pictures from the show.