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Desaparecidos / Joyce Manor: live in Bostonlive in Boston (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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Joyce Manor was a perfectly chosen opener for this long-awaited return to the U.S. east coast by Desaparecidos, far and away one of the best things the cultishly loved Conor Oberst has attached his name to (although honestly, the Bright Eyes catalog is pretty solid). Joyce Manor may not carry a lick.
Joyce Manor was a perfectly chosen opener for this long-awaited return to the U.S. east coast by Desaparecidos, far and away one of the best things the cultishly loved Conor Oberst has attached his name to (although honestly, the Bright Eyes catalog is pretty solid). Joyce Manor may not carry a lick of Desaparecidos' political fervor, but their ambitious collision of sloppy, bash-away punk and indie rock sensibilities just made perfect sense as an opening taste. The crowd's reaction wasn't actually as wild as I'd have expected, given the long line queued up outside the venue before doors opened and the huge response I saw them get only a state away last summer. "Comfortable Clothes" did erupt in some push-pitting that maintained some steadiness for the rest of the set, which overall included only a pair off last year's sadly neglected Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, a bunch from the self-titled, and a handful of new songs. These new jams retained the band's concise approach, though "City by the Ocean" was noticeably more adventurous in the vocal department.
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