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Here We Go Magic, Hospitality & Dolphins @ the Empty Bottle (pics, review)

photos by Aaron Joesph Maier, words & some photos by Rachel Angres

Here We Go Magic @ Empty Bottle on 5/17/2012
Here We Go Magic

After releasing two folk albums under his own name in the mid-2000s, Luke Temple began working on the project that we now know as Here We Go Magic. Temple has since extended the project into a full band with members Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, and Peter Hale. Following last year’s January EP, Here We Go Magic released their latest album, A Different Ship, earlier this month via Secretly Canadian. The LP was produced by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich and serves as the group’s most intricate effort to date.

Current tour mates Hospitality took the stage after local band Dolphins’ brief yet charismatic set. Hospitality has colossal energy and versatility, blending eerie charm with layered hints similar to the sounds of early Broadcast- or even a less abrasive version of The Breeders.

Midway through their headlining set, Temple broke a guitar string: a mild and frequent casualty that is easily remedied if given the right tools. Yet as he started to announce that he needed to get a new string or borrow a guitar, he dropped his own. The crowd’s mixed reaction of boos and cheers did not discourage Temple as he stood there shell-shocked, waiting for a replacement. “Wait, stop, my guitar is broken. We are going to start this over. Is Hospitality here? We need another guitar.” He did not need a new guitar, nor did he need to stop the song to announce his broken string, but eventually Hospitality hospitably lent him one of their axes and the show lingered on.

Here We Go Magic have what is undoubtedly a fresh, compelling assortment of catchy riffs and hooks, that have rightfully earned them mass praise over the years. Mistakes were made at the Empty Bottle, and their set was at times shaky, but they finished with a redeeming double encore, belting out the finale with a remarkable version of “Fangella,” a fan-favorite off their debut LP. The crowd, needless to say- did not leave disappointed, laden in sweat from all of the dancing, the venue’s attendee’s quickly shimmied out, with LP’s signed and held tight by the die-hard fans smiling ear to ear with satisfaction.

A full set of pictures from their Empty Bottle show continue below…

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