, attached to 2013-12-28

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Something of an up and down show, with some legitimate highlights mixed in with a few shaky moments. The Wolfman's through Tube run in Set I is a real treat - Wolfman's brought the debut of a new Trey effect to add some weirdness and zest to a particularly meaty jam; Monica sounded really nice in an electric setting; -7 threatened to break out a few times but never did (a portent for the rest of the night, actually), and Tube was its usual funky self.

Set 2? Some nice ambiance in Sand, and a kernel of interesting music coming out of Tweezer, but nothing to write home about. The whole set kind of felt disjointed, like they weren't really sure what to do with any of the jams, so Trey would just move things along to something else. There wasn't much in the way of flow, which is disappointing considering how many Oct./Nov. sets had great flow, but that's not the worst thing ever. And, as will surely be mentioned in other reviews, the Steam is a true highlight, working up to a really powerful peak after a heavy and intense jam that features Trey breaking back out the spooky effects and some great organ work from Page. Much like Reading's 20YL, it's nice to get a newer song really taken out for a walk.

Final thoughts: A warmup show with two legitimate highlights, but those highlights (Wolfman's and Steam) are not optional.


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