Cursive - Crescent Ballroom - 2/23/2015

Seeing Cursive perform its seminal 2003 record, The Ugly Organ, in its entirety is a dream come true for most fans. The album arguably is the band's best work (with Domestica coming in a close second), and The Ugly Organ is the last record to feature cellist Gretta Cohn. The lack of cello changed Cursive's sound a bit, but Monday night's show was like traveling back in time, thanks to an appearance from Ellen Lind on cello.

The concert was special and full of surprises. I expected Cursive to play The Ugly Organ front to back with a couple of additional songs for an encore, but I was wrong. The band opened with "Sink to the Beat," from 2001's Burst and Bloom EP and transitioned into "Big Bang," seamlessly uniting the band's old and new sound.

These two songs were merely a warmup, as the carnival sounds of "The Ugly Organist" kicked off the first four songs of The Ugly Organ. "Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand" and "Art is Hard" roused a select portion of the audience closest to the stage. Said fans cooled down a bit during a slowed down rendition of "The Recluse," triggering the band's next departure from The Ugly Organ.

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Melissa Fossum
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