The Weather Station
The Weather Station’s set featured a lot of new songs from her latest Loyalty album, including “Way It Is, Way It Could Be”, which did not feature any percussions. Lindeman, who sounded like Joni Mitchell, described the song as a “quieter song... as if it could get any quieter.” That’s actually a pretty good description of the band, they’re a quiet, acoustic, and gentle.
Their drummer-less mini set would see him return after “Came So Easy”.
Initially Lindeman had little to say, but as the set drew to its ending, she spoke more often. Describing how she love how beautiful America is (“well, most of it anyway”) as they’re driving through it, or how she’s often billed with other women. After commenting on the women thing, she jokingly said the Cedar show was billed because of “International Women's Day” (which happened to be on the night of the show).
The first part of Bulat’s set is very harmonizing and fun, especially thanks to Tamara Lindeman’s backing vocals and multiple guitars. The second part of her set seemed to have Bulat mostly on keyboard. Eventually the band left and Bulat does her two-song solo set (“I Was a Daughter” and “It Can't Be You”). The latter song featured the autoharp. The band would return and brought us back the energy, where we started earlier in her set. It made for a nice circle.
For the encore, it was just Bulat for another two-song solo set. I was half expecting the rest of the band to rejoin Bulat, but that never happened. Prior to playing “I Was a Daughter”, someone asked her about Donald Trump, which from a Canadian’s perspective, she said, “God help us all.”
For the closing song, “It Can't Be You”, Bulat quietly played us out with her ukulele.
Basia Bulat’s Good Advice is out now on Secret City Records. Her US tour continues:
03/12/16 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
03/13/16 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
03/14/16 Norman, OK Opolis
03/16/16 Austin, TX The Parish
03/21/16 Dallas, TX Three Links
03/22/16 Birmingham, AL Saturn
03/23/16 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
03/24/16 Nashville, TN High Watt
03/25/16 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
03/26/16 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
03/28/16 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade
03/29/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
03/30/16 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
04/01/16 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
04/02/16 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
04/03/16 Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
04/04/16 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
06/05/16 Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
Basia Bulat at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (08 March 2016)