I walked in just after Damion Suomi's set started, and the Hank Williams vibe was clear and present. It was uncanny; Hank with charm and irreverence.
Then came Murder by Death, who seemed extremely familiar. While I hadn't seen them before, there is a whole lot of influence that's easy to pick right out of their sound. I can't speak for their albums, but I think it's safe to say they don't hit just one genre. While they are distinctively Americana, their set was a lot more than simply that. And it was clear who their fans were; a group near the back of the venue knew just when to raise their PBRs and did so in unison.
When co-headliner Man Man finally made it to the stage, I was ready. They too have a handful of recognizable influences, but what sets Man Man apart is not only an outstandingly energetic live show but a distinctly different sound than most other indie-rock bands; they are a good-time broken heart. Honus Honus carries the sassiest of the souls, which was on display when he donned a sparkly green cocktail dress for the second encore. His voice is groggy yet expressive, and with the combined talents of the band, he helps Man Man to bring the attitude.
All photos by Kelsey McClure.