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Who: Monotonix

Where: Comet Tavern

When: Saturday, September 27

For those of you who felt shortchanged by Monotonix' short set, the band more than made

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Monotonix Dominates The Comet Tavern

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Who: Monotonix

Where: Comet Tavern

When: Saturday, September 27

For those of you who felt shortchanged by Monotonix' short set, the band more than made up for it this weekend at the Comet Tavern. No, the band did not light anything on fire. But they did shower the crowd in beer. They rode the crowd, as did a few audience members and their drums. They picked up the garbage can and passed it around. Ami and Yonatan also stood up on that divider which separates the stage area from the bar/milling area below. And for a nice grand finale, they took us all on a field trip down the block. Ami jumped off a ledge (on what I think was the King Cobra's facade, or maybe it was still Comet Tavern territory...) INTO the crowd, before camping out briefly in the Shell parking lot. Then, when we returned to the Comet, the band got up on the bar and finished the set up there. It was all so seamlessly orchestrated that I almost have to wonder if the antics were planned, even just loosely. Or maybe it's just that the band, and anyone who regularly attends shows like this, is used to navigating crowds.

For example, some dude knocked me over so that I almost would up doing a backwards somersault over the bass drum, but just as I was about to go feet-over-face, an anonymous pair of hands shoved me back up onto my feet. It was beautiful. I'm clumsy and I used to get all kinds of injuries at shows like this, and I think last night might've been one of the few times I've been in a shoving, teeming mass of bodies like that and did not come home with bruises. I'll let you all know if the band can get away with the same shenanigans at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland as the Silver Jews' opener tomorrow night. I kinda doubt it. We'll see, though.

As for the Girls...I felt like they played a short set, possibly because things kicked off pretty late. But the crowd took full advantage of the time they did have to spend with the Girls; everyone danced, inspired by the band's high energy performance and the boundless awesomeness of Shannon Brown's indoor sunglasses-and-speedo combination. I suspect he couldn't see very well...but you don't have to see to r-a-w-k! Because that's how it's spelled now. I also liked the Heavy Hearts well enough. They have two bass players (they also play guitar, but I only saw four stringed-instruments in their hands), who kept trading instruments, and that was sort of interesting. We'll see how their career progresses. Saying you opened for Monotonix has to be a significant career booster.

Anyone go to the Sunset yesterday and see the all-ages shindig? If so, lemme know how it was. Inquiring minds want to know. And if you had the stamina for two Monotonix shows in 24 hours, kudos. You're a better person than I.

 
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