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REVIEW: The Definitive List of 20 Things to Know (Washington Post)

[ 0 ] May 2, 2010 |

“…the results are in and it’s unanimous – Lambchop stole the show at XX Merge….Kurt Wagner led this 11-piece version of the band – complete with a three-piece horn section – through a perfectly-paced hour-long set that featured a bunch of total pros completely in sync and firing on every cylinder.”

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1. Lambchop.
If you told me at the beginning of the week there would be one band that I would not stop raving about and it would be Lambchop I would have said, “I don’t believe you. You’re a liar.” But the results are in and it’s unanimous — Lambchop stole the show at XX Merge. Check the Twitter and the blogs. They don’t lie. And I say this as someone who has never really been a huge fan of the unclassifiable Nashville collective (OK, I’ll bite — some sort of alt-country/soul/chamber-rock/gospel hybrid). But Kurt Wagner led this 11-piece version of the band — complete with a three-piece horn section — through a perfectly-paced hour-long set that featured a bunch of total pros completely in sync and firing on every cylinder. To borrow a line from a band that they upstaged, Lambchop put on a clinic.

It peaked with the closing one-two punch of the rousing “Up With People” and a simply scorching version Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.” During the finale the always-seated Wagner got up from his stage-center chair and worked himself into a frenzy, realizing that if ever there was a moment to get wild, this was it. When the band finished up everyone in the club knew something special had just happened. Instead of the usual post-set exodus to the bar or the smoking patio audience members stayed in place, buzzing. The words “amazing” and “awesome” were heard numerous times. I’m still saying them.

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