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Dream Theater and Iron & Wine Over the Weekend

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Dream Theater at Ikeda at Mesa Arts Center

Loyal fans talk about Dream Theater's live show in hushed, reverential tones. I'd never experienced the band live before last night, but years of hearing fans rave about the prog-rock theatrics of the long-running group set my expectations high. Mesa Arts Center's Ikeda Theater made for an intimate venue, and my conversation with Jordan Rudess last week had me curious how things would work out with new drummer Mike Mangini behind the kit. See our slideshow here.

Iron & Wine at Crescent Ballroom

How much saxophone is too much saxophone? You might want to ask the young lady who passed out during the extended dub-into-free jazz-psychedelic blues skronk of "Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)," the fifth song played by Iron & Wine last night at Crescent Ballroom.

Wait, isn't Iron and Wine quiet and stuff? Like, M&M commercials and Garden State snooze?

Not anymore, you could surmise, as the Crescent crew dragged the conked-out girl, dutifully offering her water and a place to sit. See our slideshow here.

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