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Monday, May 17, 2010

Over the Weekend: Fool's Gold at California Academy of Sciences

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With a swollen pack of dancers radiating near the stage by the end, Fool's Gold took up "The World Is All There Is," a ringing incantation that escalated the energy even more. The rattle of hand drums, flickering guitars, and Top's spirit-woozy chanting drove the music. When things couldn't get any more elated, the band members picked up their instruments mid-song, shuffled offstage, and formed a kind of tribal circle among the dancers, holding the energy at its peak. Then, in an instant, the band tore the song down to a simmer, with members squatting near the floor.

Their chants became whispers, the pounding drums turned into a patter. The crowd stood mesmerized. A moment of near-silence came... And suddenly, the musicians stood and erupted into a final, celebratory climax, huddling in their close circle. When the huge chants ended -- by then everyone was "wooaaing" along -- cries of glee shot out from the stunned audience. We're guessing it was the best concert Claude's ever heard.

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