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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Maps & Atlases at Firebird, Tuesday, July 6

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The only possible improvement to the band's set would have been the addition of the strings and horns featured on Perch Patchwork. They make the album a slightly different beast, as you have a more comprehensive understanding of each song. Then again, being able to see Maps & Atlases shred live was well worth the trade-off. As made evident by the ogling crowd, it was mind-blowing to see the group's four members simultaneously tapping, slapping and clapping onstage.

Setlist:

Israeli Caves Ted Zancha Will The Charm Witch Banished If This Is Was Carrying the Wet Wood Everyplace Is a House Solid Ground Glamorous Glowing Daily News Pigeon

Encore:

The Sounds They Make Solid Ground Artichokes

Drink Up Buttercup performing at Firebird on July 6 - MIKE PAUL
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  • Drink Up Buttercup performing at Firebird on July 6

Classically trained vocalist Jim Harvey of opening act Drink Up Buttercup has the face of Zach Galifianakis and the voice of Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Swan Lake). His vocals are crystalline, but in a second they can nosedive into impulsive, rattling woots and woos. The Philly quintet laid down thick, stirring rock in the spirit of Black Mountain with "Young Ladies" and "Even Think," and "Sosey and Dosey" had an unnerving gothic-carnival backbone to it, complete with organ and Harvey channeling a creepy chanteur.

Drummer Mike Cammarata and bassist Ben Mazzochetti were physical mavericks, dominating their respective instruments with sheer brute force. It therefore came as no surprise when Mazzochetti admitted, "All of our stuff is broken." After taking a beating like that each night, it's surprising they have any instruments to play at all.

The evening's second opener, the Globes, were immediately recognizable as Seattleites due to a brooding, dark northwestern detachment probably caused by endless drizzle and dreariness. "A Stitch Couldn't Save the World" was reminiscent of a Menomena song in its sing-talk vocals, and overall the four-piece band gave a sharp performance in their St. Louis debut, as well as a reason to keep listeners excited about future releases.

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