Last Night: The Mountain Goats Solo at the Swedish American Hall

The Mountain Goats Solo
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Swedish American Hall at Cafe Du Nord
Review By Melissa Baron

Better Than: Going to a crowded, dancey, pushy Noise Pop show. Or listening to your Mountain Goats records at home.

From recordings alone, one could probably imagine what a typical  Mountain Goats concert looks like, especially one featuring front man John Darnielle solo. His voice usually fluctuates between soft, delicate whispers and strained belting. As he sings his face and body will change. First he'll smile serenely and nod his head slightly, then he'll tense up, building up to an epic release. Between songs he'll chat candidly with the audience, infinitely more sociable and funny than one  imagines from his songs.

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