Batten down the hatches, Conor Oberst tonight; Live Review: Comme Reel…

Category: Blog — @ 8:50 pm December 22, 2009

God, I hope this weather doesn’t screw up the next couple of days. Tonight is the Conor Oberst solo set at The Waiting Room with Renee Ledesma Hoover and Simon Joyner opening. It’s sold out and has been for a month or so. Tonight’s forecast calls for freezing rain at around 8 p.m. and later after midnight. Could get nasty. Then tomorrow night is the Mousetrap reunion show with Wagon Blasters, Beep Beep and Mercy Rule. Again, freezing rain is in the forecast for the evening, but maybe we’ll get lucky. The heavy snow isn’t supposed to hit until Thursday. But it’s not the snow that gets ya, it’s the ice. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Catching up on the past weekend, I caught Comme Reel’s set at a crowded O’Leaver’s on Saturday night. As you may or may not know, Comme Reel is the folks from No Blood Orphan, headed up by Mike Saklar. Mike started the set by explaining that Comme Reel’s music is so different than NBO that they decided to go under a different name for the project. He then warned that they were going to play everything off the new EP — 29 minutes straight without a break. “It’s like a soundtrack to a nice romantic drive to Fremont,” he said.

I don’t know about the romance part, but the road music comparison was apt. Comme Reel’s sound is dark, throbbing, cinematic blacktop music so vivid that you can almost see the white stripes strobing in the headlights though the windshield. Moody. Engrossing. Suspenseful. Sure enough, the set lasted 29 minutes on the nose. They broke away from Comme Reel to play a few NBO songs to close out the night, making me realize just how poppy NBO’s music really is. Great stuff.

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Tomorrow: Bear Country.

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