Last night: Lucero | Rock Candy

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Last night: Lucero

Posted By on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

The crowd at last night's Lucero/Glossary show was probably a little smaller than some expected due to the Razorbacks game, but judging by the Hog fan contingent that still managed to stumble in, fresh off of drinking since around 10 a.m., that might have been a good thing. Glossary started things off by ripping through a little more than an hour of tunes, including a hefty dose from their latest release "Feral Fire." The stage at the Village gave the band room to breathe, something that's in short supply at some of the band's more familiar haunts, like the White Water Tavern, and the band seemed energized by the crowd standing at their feet. This is a band that just gets better every time I see them and if you haven't checked them out, do yourself a favor and give them a listen.

Lucero was exactly what we've come to expect from the Memphis-based alt-country, cow-punk, whatever-you-want-to-call-it outfit and put on a great show, even staying on after last call to play through a few more songs. The band's sound has become incredibly rich, now featuring the pedal steel stylings of Todd Beane, keyboard and the occasional accordion from Rick Steff and a horn section that gives even the most rough-hewn old rockers a polished sound. Toward the end of the night, Ben Nichols pulled out an old Red 40 song, "Outsider," a nice treat for those who've followed Nichols and the band since the early days (see video on the jump). When it was all said and done, the crowd got exactly what they wanted - a good mix of the old stuff plus a smattering of tunes off their newest album, "1372 Overton Park" - and left sweaty, drunk and hoarse.

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