Live Review, 8/9/12: Beck Plays the Young-Looking Elder Statesman at Bimbo's

Beck

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bimbo's 365 Club

Better than: The crowds at Golden Gate Park this weekend

It's hard to believe Beck has been making music longer than most of our current crop of whippersnappers have been alive. Having taken a page from David Bowie's book on aging through your career gracefully, Beck has long since made the transition from wild-eyed boy-wonder to thoughtful-yet-touched troubadour. And the gray looks good on him. The question for tonight's intimate show at the elegant Bimbo's isn't whether the show will be great, but how Beck currently negotiates a frankly massive catalog with few missteps: What's on deck for this packed and chatty house of people who were probably in high school when “Loser” dropped — Greatest hits? Deep cuts? Sea Change in its entirety?

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