Wye Oak Setlist
8/2 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*
8/3 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
8/4 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch*
8/5 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café*
8/7 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate Revival*
8/9 – Houston, TX – The Raven Tower*
8/10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada*
8/11 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk*
* w/ Tuskha
Anyway, Tuskha is the new project from Bowerbirds’ frontman / singer Phil Moore. Although Bowerbirds’ music sound similar to Bon Iver and Devendra Banhart... Tuskha’s sound is different. They have more in common with Sun Ray and Beyonce, thanks to their electronic/synth, dance, and “dark” pop vocal styling.
With all the beeps and boops, Tuskha spent most of their time just playing as much songs as they could squeeze in. Moore did take a moment to thank Wye Oak for taking them on this tour and that the show on Sunday night was a little of a “homecoming show”, as there were plenty of friends and family in the audience.
Phil Moore is joined on stage by a co-player (not introduced), who helped with the keys and vocals. The two sang songs from Tuskha’s debut album The Program, including ‘No Pain’ (played early in their set) and the title track with its catchy lyrics “is this the moment, or is this just the end?” which closed out their 40-min set.
Wasner explained, “I got horrible food poisoning and almost died. I’m never coming back! And determined if I’ll ever eat anything again.” She was joking, of course, and as always, the band was very grateful to have an audience and friends and family to keep them going strong throughout the years. The audience ranged from grandmothers to grandchildren (8 to 12 years) in the audience, not the typical concert goers.
Since the tour is for the Tween album, the duo got that out of the way in the first part of their set (‘If You Should See’, ‘Better (For Esther)’, ‘Watching the Waiting’, etc.), while mixing in some old songs from their previous albums (including cuts from Shriek and Civilian) to finish out their set.
Wye Oak at Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis (31 July 2016)