11/15 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
11/16 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music
11/17 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
11/19 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11/20 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/23 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
For a band that recently reunited after a long absence and haven’t properly toured since 1996, you’d maybe think that they would have become more accessible to their audience, or at least less shy about it… nope. Their purposeful aloofness, silhouetted stage presence, and playing in almost darkness did however, suitably set the mood for a delicate, yet stirring 80 min. performance at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis.
NYC-based experimental psych-rock band Psychic Ills opened with a 45min. set, showcasing their latest release, One Track Mind (Sacred Bones Records) with an equally aloof performance in limited lighting. Tom Gluibizzi (guitar/keyboards) droned and soundshaped while Tres Warren (vocals) sang songs like ‘One More Time’ and ‘See You There’ with tall, lanky Elizabeth Hart (bass) stepping out of the shadows occasionally, smoke from incense on the keyboard wafting throughout.
In that sense, they proved a perfect opener for Mazzy Star, and sounded at times like The Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain; so much so, that I was wishing Hope Sandoval would appear to duet on ‘Sometimes Always’ with them.
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‘She Hangs Brightly’ soared with angelic vocals from Sandoval and trademark guitar sound from Roback, a key element missing from her other band, The Warm Inventions, and the crowd settled in during their biggest hit, ‘Fade Into You’. ‘Blue Flower’ and ‘Disappear’ were even more mesmerizing than on record and the main set ended on an atmospheric high note.
The encore began with the new album’s first single, ‘California’ and continued with an extended ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ , Roback and four-piece band swirling with trippy hypnotic notes while Sandoval’s spoken word and captivating vocals enthralled until the end, with Roback resting his guitar on amp as the feedback continued for their exit.
Though the band has been away for a long time, vocals and technique have all seemed to have stayed intact and the mood concert setting only reinforces what they desire, as the ideal vision for their songs. So, assuming you can get a ticket to any of their remaining shows; expect to immerse yourself in the total scope, of all that is still very much Mazzy Star.