Lord Huron/Night Moves Marquee
01/31/14 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
02/01/14 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
02/02/14 Montreal, QC Le Cabaret Du Mile End
02/04/14 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub Boston
02/06/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
02/07/14 New York, NY Terminal 5
02/08/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre / Living Arts
02/09/14 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
02/11/14 Saxapahaw, NC Haw River Ballroom
02/12/14 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
02/14/14 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay
02/15/14 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
02/17-02/18 Austin, TX Emo's
02/19/14 Dallas, TX Trees
02/21/14 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
02/22/14 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
02/23/14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
02/25/14 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
02/26/14 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
02/27/14 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
02/28-03/01 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
All dates with Night Moves
Local band Night Moves, ably taking over the opening spot from the previously announced Night Beds, was literally feeling the Blues.
Micky Alfano and John Pelant
Still promoting their debut, Colored Emotions (Domino Records), the hometown band will always get a great reception locally, but showed their abilities to go beyond that with gritty performances of the title track, first single ‘Headlights’, and ‘Country Queen’.
What a difference a year makes for LA-based, Michigan-bred solo project, now band, Lord Huron. The five-piece led by Ben Schneider – guitar/ vocals, along with Mark Barry – percussion/vocals, Miguel Briseño – bass/percussion, Tom Renaud – guitar/vocals and Karl Kerfoot – guitar/vocals, was on tour and in town in Oct. 2012, as the opening act for Night Moves at the 7th St Entry for their record release show. The critical acclaim and word-of-mouth on the band has grown exponentially since, resulting in a packed, near sold-out show for their 72 min. performance.
The indie-folk quintet is supporting their debut full-length, Lonesome Dreams (IAMSOUND) and brings a Mumford and Sons-like bombast and Vampire Weekend-esque rhythms, with a pinch of Paul Simon/Peter Gabriel worldbeat made for bigger rooms, to their own unique take on modern folk.
‘Ends of the Earth’, the album’s opener, also opened their live set, lush in scope, with Fleet Foxes-like harmonies and Schneider howling falsetto, a la Jim James. Both ‘The Man Who Lives Forever’ and ‘We Went Wild’ (from their Into the Sun EP) had a near-Caribbean vibe, laid back and percussion filled, which pleased the groovers and nodding heads in the audience.
Superdudes abroad in the wilderness
The two-song encore began with the building ‘Brother’ and ended with the percussion-gone-wild ‘The Stranger’; every band member banging on drums, tambourines, sticks, and whatever else was available at the end, with drummer Barry unleashing like he’d been holding it in all night.
Both bands were short on conversation; instead, letting their music do the talking, which was more than all right with the near-capacity crowd. And, both acts showed the polish and musicianship of those more seasoned and established, making them both worth keeping an eye on for future projects.
Lord Huron at First Avenue, Minneapolis (28 Jan 2014)