Live Review: Mogwai @ Belasco Theater, November 21, 2017

Live Review: Mogwai @ Belasco Theater, November 21, 2017

Scottish indie post-rock stalwarts Mogwai brought their always powerful, mostly instrumental live show to a sold out Belasco Theater downtown last Tuesday. Touring in support of their latest full length release, the excellent Every Country’s Sun, their first for U.S. label Temporary Residence, the career spanning set drew heavily from that release while weaving in one track from each of their other 8 albums.

A honed live act, few bands match their sheer power or range of dynamics and can deliver as cathartic and visceral an experience. This night finds them in fine form, perhaps as tight and expressive as ever. It’s energy all the way through, no drag, with a wide variety of volume, tempos and electric and synth textures.

Mellow early track “Cody” finds Stuart Braithwaite confidently delivering a naked live vocal (he’s the only one to address the audience between songs, warmly thanking us). New LP opener “Coolverine” is lean and mean live, driven by Dominic Aitchison’s driving bass. “Party in the Dark” is as pure a melodic pop moment in their catalog. A near ten-minute “Two Rights Make One Wrong” builds to a pleasing electronics and noise freakout. It all ends with two classics in the encore–the midtempo meditation “Hunted by a Freak” featuring Barry Burns on flanged vocals, into the mandatory closer, the eponymous “Mogwai Fear Satan,” the quiet-loud-really quiet-REALLY LOUD three-guitar attack from their debut LP. Thoroughly satisfying. . .

Mogwai | mogwai.co.uk

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Photos: Mogwai @ Belasco Theater, November 21, 2017

Photos: Mogwai @ Belasco Theater, November 21, 2017

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The Belasco Theater | thebelasco.com
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Photos: Maxïmo Park @ Teragram Ballroom, November 20, 2017

Photos: Maxïmo Park @ Teragram Ballroom, November 20, 2017

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Teragram Ballroom | teragramballroom.com
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Photos: LCD Soundsystem @ Hollywood Palladium, November 18, 2017

Photos: LCD Soundsystem @ Hollywood Palladium, November 18, 2017

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Hollywood Palladium | livenation.com
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Photos: Gary Numan @ The Observatory, November 17, 2017

Photos: Gary Numan @ The Observatory, November 17, 2017

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