, attached to 2010-10-20

Review by n00b100

n00b100 It says a lot about how good I think the first set (or, really, the second half of the first set) is that I'm actively waiting for teases of Guyute, a song I have never cared for. The Bowie is grade-A, featuring a goosebump-inducing Wilson/Guyute hybrid jam and a not as thrilling but still pretty cool Wilson callback before the Trill-Off section; McGrupp is particularly inspired; and Antelope (replete with Guyute teases and one blink-and-you'll-miss-it Wilson tease in the intro) is superb for any era, the band building tension by grinding the jam down into an atonal puddle, then heading into a white-knuckle peak (the bobbled transition into Rye Rye Rocco is forgiven with the hilarious Guyute callback). Set II, though, is where the real action is - a quick, rockin' Drowned that segues neatly into a really interesting, atypical Sand (this one's a Fish showcase, IMO) that goes plinko at the end, then a superb SOAM that heads into Type II immediately and finds some beautiful, dark 3.0 space, then segues into a really cool Have Mercy (with really cool outro jam!), which leads into a very good, more relaxed Piper and returns to SOAM for one last thrill. The Slave is the icing on the cake.

There are better shows musically in 2010, let alone 3.0, but I would think the very fine second set should put any talk about this show being overrated to rest. Still don't like Guyute, but I really like this show.
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