Concert review: My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses at the Starlight Theater, Kansas City – August 6, 2012
Published August 7th by Jeff Becker
Also: Pics, setlist and review of My Morning Jacket at the Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, NE – August 7, 2012
Holdin’ On To Black Metal
Off The Record
The Way That He Sings
Thank You Too!
Outta My System
I Will Sing You Songs
One Big Holiday
Victory Dance, Wordless Chorus, Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1, Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2
My Morning Jacket are like the Avengers, except dressed in business casual, saving rock and roll for the next 10 years.
I think My Morning Jacket is the best band I’ve ever seen in my life, and that goes back as far as seeing Pink Floyd before they had gray hair, U2 before they started releasing bad albums in the 90’s and nearly every live music stalwart I could reach in between then and today. No band owns the stage with a sound as big, powerful, and eclectic as Jim James and My Morning Jacket. Anyone who reads my articles on this site will know that I don’t blush easily. Well, I’m blushing after seeing My Morning Jacket for the 2nd time in 12 months. There’s a lot of bands in the world that suck, and then there are some bands that are intent on saving us from ourselves. Enter My Morning Jacket. If we had to enlist one band to save our world, these are my guys with Wilco in the bullpen.
The blistering opening of ‘Cobra’ and ‘Holdin’ On To Black Metal’ was a punishing blow to the senses that the audience was never allowed to recover from. Splattered non-stop afterwards was an orgy of sound and visual art that married together perfectly. The light show, while fantastic played second fiddle to the best touring band alive right now. The show’s production, while state of the art, will always be a step behind the immense talents of these gentleman. Which part does My Morning Jacket rise above the most? Let’s go with Jim James’ vocals (probably the best in rock), or his guitar work for that 120 minutes, his stage prancing and domination, or Carl Broemel’s talents that may make him the next Nels Cline, if he isn’t already. My Morning Jacket’s live show overpowers even their own catalog. While I often enjoy cranking up ‘I’m Amazed’, or the title track to this website on the home stereo, it’s the memory of the live renditions that make the records almost insignificant, or perhaps simply stellar appetizers to that next ticket in row BBB that you have for their upcoming show at a venue near you. In a world where My Morning Jacket sells just 4000 tickets to this show at the Starlight Theater, and knowing that Justin Bieber could sell 40,000 tells me there is still plenty of the world left to be saved. MMJ are the guys that I’m sending off to battle on my behalf and I’ll be sleeping peaceful at night knowing there is no better team right now. My Morning Jacket have raised the bar so high on the competition that everyone else is simply bringing #2 pencils to a gun fight. They’re nearly fucking unearthly they’re so good.