Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blind Pilot, The Low Anthem wow the Cradle crowd

A nice crowd turned out to the Cat's Cradle on Monday to see two great bands, Blind Pilot and The Low Anthem.

The Low Anthem started things off with their unique, atmospheric folk that had the crowd dead silent and focused. The set was mostly comprised of songs from the band's latest album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. The trio swapped unique instruments throughout the set including pump organ, crotales, clarinet and even vocals looped through two cell phones.

Highlights of the set included the "This God Damn House," "Charlie Darwin" and a rowdy version of the traditional song "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" (featured as a bonus track on iTunes). The band is spellbinding to watch. Their minimalist approach and haunting sound is beautiful live.

Next up came Blind Pilot. The band opened for The Decemberists in Raleigh earlier this year, but with this headlining set, they show they are a force to be reckoned with on their own. They filled the Cradle with their own brand of folky and incredibly infectious music. Besides songs from their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound, the band played a nice version of the Gillian Welch song "Look At Miss Ohio."

The crowd loved the set, singing along with many of the album's tunes which caused some big smiles from the sextet. The band's encore was capped by a groovy cover of MGMT's "Kids." Expect to hear big things about this young band in the future.

The Low Anthem

Blind Pilot

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