Clever Girls, Mothers (solo), and Lucy Dacus at ArtsRiot July 15, 2018   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night t ArtsRiot. I got out of work at 4:30, had some time to relax at home, then took the long walk to the South End. I got in and settled, chatted with some cool people, and soon it was showtime.

Clever Girls hit the stage with a huge crisp rocking fury. Catch And Release set a strong plateau at the beginning and soared to epic heights as it would it’s way to a conclusion. Diane Jean‘s voice was perfectly mixed, Winfield Holt‘s guitar fueled the blistering ride to rock greatness and the rhythm section of Tobias Sullivan and Rob Slater glued the songs perfectly. They eased up slightly for Dumb Smile, then rocked out a new one. It rocked hard then rocked harder on the long instrumental ending. Loom started slow and crushed us with the chorus. Owen was magnificent. They played Hannah Wants To See You for a friend in the audience and Diane’s voice went over the top. They closed with a blistering version of Heavy. I’m so glad I was there to hear that set.

The room had mostly filled by the end of their set. The break was pretty short then Mothers took the stage. It was just Kristine Leschper and she sang and played keys and effects. The sound pulled you into a trance as she sang about sinking and swimming and being split in two. Some of the songs were more poppy, some more proggy and all had a nice flow. She closed the set with her dad’s favorite song which gave the advice stop pretending and try.

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Mothers pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lucy Dacus began to play and I could immediately see why Clever Girls were on the bill. They have a very similar sound, though Clever rock a little harder. She sang, played guitar and was joined by bass, drums, and a lead guitar. I think the first song was about a freeze frame tidal wave then she sang about how it doesn’t mean I’ve got nothing to say. She was an endearing front woman who engaged the crowd and told lovely stories. When mixed with the beautiful sound of the band, it put the whole room in a happy place. She sang about both yours and mine, and played an older song about anything to stop pretending. She sang about looking at you and about turning into a pillar of dust. They skipped the usual encore break asking why should they make us clap since we’d been clapping all night. The whole show was a joy. I’m so glad that Clever were on the bill to draw me to the show and that I stayed until the joyous end.

After the show I spoke with Matthew Kloss about religion and delivering mail, then took the long walk home. What a lovely night

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Posted July 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Vacation July 2018

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