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Pete Yorn: The Showbox
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Last Night: Pete Yorn at The Showbox

What would Meatface think?

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Watch the video of Yorn performing "Closet" live at The Showbox.



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Pete Yorn: The Showbox
Date
: Feb. 10, 2007
Openers: Aqualung, Charlotte Martin
Would Meatface Approve? Yes, but only in secret.
And the Hipsters? No, but their "cool" parents would dig it.
Random Incident: A guy behind me was cut off by security. When they asked how many he'd had, he answered, in very, very slurred speech: "I don't know. I just got out of prison." Welcome back, friend!

Pete Yorn has yet to make his great record. He's made three pretty damn good LPs, but the album by which history remembers him has yet to hit the shelves. Saturday night at The Showbox, Yorn peddled his wares.

Starting with 2001's "Musicforthemorningafter," "Day I Forgot" and last year's "Nightcrawler," the albums toe the line between The End and Mountain crowds, both of which were represented at the show.

Yorn's come a long way since I first saw his set in the spring of 2001 when he opened for Blues Traveler at The Moore. At the time, Yorn was a bona fide rookie and it showed as he sheepishly played his set, both eyes fixed firmly on the floor. Later I saw Yorn open for Weezer in Pullman. The set was almost silly, as Yorn stepped up day trippers like "Strange Condition" into some kind of hard rock/adult rock mashup. He later told me he was assimilating his set for the Weezer crowd.

But, last night Yorn was comfortable enough in his own skin to swap smiles with the crowd, open with Oasis and lead sing-alongs through high spots of his catalogue, like "Life on a Chain." As has been the case with Yorn of late, he took a couple shots at his country fetish, starting with "The Man," from "Nightcrawler" and a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Dead Flowers."

Both tunes' country feel was attributed more to the pedal steel guitar than anything Yorn was doing. But, hey, no harm, no foul.

Listen here for Yorn's performance of "Black" at The Showbox Saturday night.

 



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