A Hunky-Dory Musical Experience at NC Museum of Art
NC Museum of Art (NCMA) amphitheater is a beautiful place to experience music. You can ride your bike there, enjoy a picnic on the lawn, and choose to stand in the pit. The sunset added a colorful tone to start the evening. And the breeze lightly shook the maple trees surrounding the venue adding additional resonance to the aural experience.
Before settling down with my WKNC co-patriot, C. Biscuit, I spoke to a few old friends before Angel Olsen set the mood. ”Angel Olsen is amazing…Her last album is one of my favorites…you’ve got to look her up.” After ‘enlightening’ some people I sat down for Angel to serenade me.
Instead of the emotional force I’m used to hearing, Angel sounded like a wimpy high school girl performing in front of her chorus class for her Sophomore year choral exam. After two songs the audience completely lost interest, and within seconds the audience was louder than she was. I hate people who talk and talk and talk during performances, but I really couldn’t blame the audience this time. It was as if Angel thought her assignment was to play background music for an ex-hippy summer solstice gathering. After ending her small set I pondered the many factors in her life that could have caused this off performance.
And then Iron & Wine went on. Iron & Wine was hunky-dory. His melodies don’t tend to push the status quo and they rhythm mirrors the demographics of NCMA (old white people). That being said Samuel Beam’s voice affects the soul like Vix-Vapor-Rub, you just can’t help but be affected. I enjoyed his music at base of the stage and danced to what ever rhythm my body could take away from his melancholy music.
Overall, a 2.5 on the 3 scale.
[Dr.] Dog kills [at] Cats!!!!
Whoever does not listen to Dr. Dog is missing out. Dr. Dog’s folky, bluesy grooves speak to everyone. Most people found Dr. Dog after their release of Fate in 2008, but they’re still continuing to astonish people with their relaxing nostalgic melodies, beautiful harmonies, and killer blues ballads.
My evening began with the astonishment of the band The Districts. Also from PA, this band killed with their indie rock. Then, after a few more PBR’s, I dove into the depths of the crowd to find a comfortable spot to groove. And did I groove… Dr. Dog’s silly outfits, their duel frontmen, and their ability to completely change their songs kept everyone in a emotional trance. They played many songs off Be the Void, but my favorite song they played was “Shadow People”, off Shame Shame.
Their latest album B-Room holds some amazing tunes despite not quite living up to their previous album Be the Void. I struggle when I try to answer “Who is your favorite band?” But by Golly Gee Wilikers, I just can’t help saying Dr. Dog is my favorite indie rock band of all time!!
Or at least in my top 3.