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Picking Up Crumbs: The Dodos

20 Oct

If you haven’t seen The Dodos in action, do yourself a favor and get over to the Turf Club on Tuesday night. The San Francisco duo of guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber put on a herculean, frenetic live show, with complex drumming and modal anti-folk guitars that uplift the simplest of structures to sweaty, hallucinogenic affairs. They refined their sound on this year’s Time To Die, the follow-up to last year’s gate-crashing Visiter, adding vibraphonist Keaton Snyder into the mix and creating more melodic vocal lines. That last move has drawn some criticism from the talking heads, but Long explains all in this interview for the A.V. Club, and their live show should ensure these Dodos aren’t going extinct anytime soon.

Totally worth it. Even though openers Ruby Suns disappointed some- their island drums felt out of season and the over-reliance on samples and sequenced sounds made the performance a sort of globby undifferentiated mass, not to mention lingering questions as to whether or not their guitars were hooked up to anything, a different experience than the one proffered by they recordings- the Dodos delivered in style. Long, standing up and shaking across the stage let his energy flow more naturally from the last time they visited the Twin Cities where he awkwardly stayed seated throughout the show. Kroeber kept the tempo shifts on lock, coolly balancing precision and big, raw noise. The revelation was Snyder, who brought some nice tricks along with him like bowing the sides of the vibraphone, but more fundamentally, added sub-structures and countermelodies, deepening the expansive subtlety of the sound. The new material fit well with older favorites and the looser confidence of the trio made for a cohesive and powerful show. Long also seemed appreciative of the venue as well, speaking with him after he said that after playing some more theatre-type venues on the tour, the Turf reminded him of “the old days, real rock and roll touring.” It’s good to know someone still appreciates the classics.

The Dodos- “Fools” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

The Dodos- “Winter” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

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