They are out supporting a new album, Reunion Tour. Even though I've followed them for a few years now, this was my first time seeing them live, and I'm glad I trekked over to the Paradise to catch the show. The band sounded great and seemed to be at ease up on stage. At least, they seemed at ease because they were smiling and joking a lot. And they properly ignored some idiot yelling out, "Freebird!"
Instead of Freebird, they did play "Plea from a Cat Named Virtue" which is the song that made me love them in the first place. The set lasted a solid hour and a half, with great pacing and a good variety of tracks from most of their albums. We even got "One Great City!" which can best be described as the antithesis to a Sufjan Steven's song (The anti-Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!). Good stuff.
Opening for them was the Last Town Chorus, which mainly consists of Megan Hickey on vocals and lap steel guitar along with whoever she brings along with her. That night she had Rich Hinman accompanying her on acoustic guitar. To sum up her sound, take Mazzy Star and add a hellacious lap steel guitar. If that sounds appealing, you should check her out when she comes through your town. She does a killer cover of Bowie's "Modern Love."
In other news, Mike Doughty just announced that his new album will be out in February. You can preview a couple of new tracks at his Myspace page. "I Just Want The Girl In The Blue Dress To Keep On Dancing" is definitely a quality track. I have high hopes.