Sebadoh - Crescent Ballroom - 8/9/2013

Crescent Ballroom
August 9, 2013

There was a lot of love in the air at Crescent Ballroom last night as indie rock legends Sebadoh played their first area show in a while. A lot of the feely-good vibes came as much from the stage as they did from the crowd that was loaded with obviously longtime fans.

People were calling out tunes they wanted to hear from the minute the band took the stage. Lou Barlow, who was recently in town playing bass with his other band, Dinosaur Jr., made a funny reference to his kid being at a One Direction concert as Sebadoh was just about to rock Phoenix right before busting into "Magnet's Coil" from 1994's Bakesale. And then it was on. All the Sebadoh goodness that's been happening for more than 25 years oozed out for the next two hours.

Driving, crunchy, noisy guitars, vocal (and guitar/bass) switch-offs between Barlow and longtime bandmate Jason Loewenstein, and a little of that familiar chaotic air that extends a sense of anything-could-happen.

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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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