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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Last Night: Vampire Weekend and Abe Vigoda at the Fox

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  • Richard Haick
Openers Abe Vigoda seriously brought out the old lady in me with its monotonous,

drum-overloaded, self-proclaimed "tropical punk" rock. Last night, Vigoda treaded the not-so-fine-line between angst-y punk and music

most often listened to by shoppers at Hot Topic - verging

dangerously towards the latter.

I can see that Abe Vigoda might do well

in a smaller venue with more sweaty bodies crashing around. But the band's sound was overblown last night, and lacked the dynamics

necessary to get bodies moving at a behemoth like The Fox. At one point

in the set, the lead singer asked for more vocals, when what the group really needed was to tone down the drums, which were drowning out just

about everything else. That being said, Abe Vigoda's latest album, Reviver,

has some good songs on it, and is definitely worth a listen.  

  • Richard Haick
Critic's Notebook

Personal bias #1: I wish robot voice modulators were never invented. Why must every upcoming pop sensation stoop to the robot voice modulator level? Why?

Personal bias #2: Vampire Weekend's giant photo backdrop of the pretty blond with the deer-in-headlights look (featured on the cover of its Contra album) was totally distracting from the on-stage action. Especially when her eyes began to glow. 

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