Quick Takes: March 2018

Jack White - Boarding House Reach Jack White's latest solo record is a daring, although messy, effort, covering the spectrum from head-bangers to head-scratchers. Its unapologetic weirdness is admirable, and at times irresistibly enjoyable. All of its experiments may not pay off (Jack raps on here to middling effect), but the desire to mix things …

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I Saw [They Might Be Giants] Live

There are fewer alt-rock groups more weird, dorky, and beloved than They Might Be Giants. Their performance in Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom Sunday, March 18th, which capped off this portion of the tour supporting their new record, “I Like Fun,” was a monumentally fun performance indeed. One that’s taken me nearly two weeks to succinctly wrap …

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I Saw [Mitski] Live

Mitski’s performance at Zanzabar Friday March 17th, was a perfect summation of the indie rocker’s talents and persona. Mitski, whose latest record, “Puberty 2,” ranked among the most acclaimed works of 2016, put on a brief but gratifying set rife with emotional engagement. Half Waif, the project of former Pinegrove member Nandi Plunkett, provided an …

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I Saw [Angel Olsen] Live

  An exemplary performer should exude three things: charisma, enthusiasm, and talent. Singer songwriter Angel Olsen has every one of these in spades, as indicated by her December 10 performance at Mercury Ballroom. The stop arrives at the heels of Olsen’s latest album release “Phases,” a compilation of B-sides, covers, and other leftover tracks from …

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