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Show Crush Recap: Gordon Gano and The Ryans, Sidewalk Driver, Mascara 11/12/09

November 18, 2009

Gordon Gano and The Ryans stopped by The Middle East Downstairs last Thursday in support of their new album, Under the Sun. I had the privilege of doing a phone interview with Gordon (of Violent Femmes fame) in advance of the show, which you can read here.  They mostly played the songs off the new record, putting in a heartfelt performance to an appreciative crowd. This record has been growing on me the more I listen to it, and I  really felt that these songs sunk in for me in the live setting.  They played a couple of Violent Femmes classics including “American Music,” “Good Feeling,” and finished the night off with a blue-grassy version of “Blister in the Sun.”

We captured a  lot of the set on video:

Sidewalk Driver were as delicious as always:

Mascara opened up the night and were raucous. Unfortunately, the CIA confiscated our video and are holding it as evidence of rocking.
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