Dancing in deep water

November 8, 2011

Quite a few times we’ve gone to see a band at at show and an opening act that I’ve never heard of totally blows me away, often stealing the show from the main act. This happened, back in the day, when P J Harvey opened for David J at a small venue in Chicago. And again, the earth’s orbit shifted when Elliott Smith opened for the Tindersticks around the time of Good Will Hunting (although, for me, NO one could steal the show from the Tinderstick back then)

Recently we saw the band Peggy Sue open for a band we wanted to see. We were completely seduced by Peggy Sue’s intertwining vocals, their strong rapport with a relatively sparse audience, their coolness and humor in the face of technical mishap, and especially their captivating musicianship. They bring a blend of dark brooding rock and tribal/folk music and what seems like a myriad of other influences with lyrics that feel honest, a bit raw and provocative. I wished so badly that they had been the main act and allowed to play longer… Thus I’ve listened to nothing but Peggy Sue since that show.

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