Thank the heavens for a thing like Craigslist.com. I should have known LSU pulling it out today would be a good omen.
Couldn't get a ticket, or a decent priced one, until 7pm off a refresh to the pulled up Craigslist page. Face value, nothing more, nothing less. (Funny story: I was third in line, and around 8:30 p.m. a guy pulled up, got out, and sold two tickets for a third of the cost to two lucky people. Congrats to them!)
Anyway, a sold out show at Emo's is pretty sweaty, so that, along with the rain, made everyone left waiting with little to no patience - and more than enough anticipation.
Beach House opened with a beautiful set. There was a calming feeling, like they were meant to settle the crowd before the main act took it over. Great beats, and front women Victoria Legrand has an elegant voice.
Grizzly Bear took the stage, with what looked to be "crowd mics," but I'm unsure if that means a live cut or not. Anyway, the band went straight into "Southern Point," and it did not disappoint. You're not going to get the full produced sound in the band's recorded catalog, but what you will get is something so close, in encapsulates your mood anyway.
There was a balanced set-list, and cuts such as "Lullabye," "Ready, Able," and "Colorado" were all choice cuts, but it was the live version of "Foreground" that was truly captivating. While some people after the show were arguing if they were better at South by Southwest or earlier today at Austin City Limits or the present show, I say it was a pleasure to simply see a band pull off a grand scheme live, even if there wasn't every intricate detail present.
The band all harmonize just as lush live as on their recordings, and all switch off on instruments, giving a wider range of creative input. Simply put, it just looks like four guys making music. No gimmick. No bullshit. Awesome.
If you get the chance, I highly suggest checking them out live - I will be again. If you don't know who this band is, or have never heard any of their songs -- go now.