Fri 27 Apr – Say Anything, Fake Problems, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, Tallhart
To the few of you that care, I've created a list of what I believe to be the top 5 best moments from the show I saw this evening. I'm basically going to nerd out on my favorite bands and the bands that opened for them. Enjoy!
5. The first two opening bands, Tallhart and Fake Problems
I'd heard of Tallhart before I saw them live, and heard that they weren't half bad. But they were actually pretty incredible live. I'd never heard of Fake Problems, but after their performance, I'm definitely going to become a fan.
4. The fact that Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band played "Cotton Crush"
I've listened to Kevin Devine for a few years now, and have seen him play live once before. But this performance was really, really good, and the setlist wasn't half bad. I loved that they played "Cotton Crush," because that's the song that got me "into" KD in high school.
3. Sherri DuPree-Bemis' appearance(s)
Guesting with Tallhart and Say Anything? Awesome. I hate how adorable Max and Sherri are together. I don't think I was/am alone in this.
Also, I thought it was hilarious that Say Anything played "Every Man Has a Molly" right after Max's wife left the stage. Classy juxtaposition.
2. Say Anything playing "Slumming It With Johnny" (and to a lesser extent, "In Defense of the Genre")
Save for one or two songs, this was by far the strongest setlist I've heard from the band. This was the sixth time I've seen them since 2005, so that may or may not carry some weight. Most of the reason behind this is because they played one of my favorite Say Anything b-sides/uncommon tracks ever, "Slumming It With Johnny." My mind is still blown from this, as a longtime SA fan this is amongst the dozens and dozens of songs I've registered as "songs they will probably never play again" (as I'm sure most fans have). But lo and behold, they played it! And well, might I add.
As I mentioned above, "In Defense of the Genre" was also a bit of a surprise. I realized this evening that I'd never actually heard a live version of that.
1. Say Anything "Admit It!!!" & "Admit It Again" back-to-back
I never thought I would hear these two played together outside of an iTunes playlist. I don't think much more needs to be said.