Hundreds of fans waited in anticipation, chanting "Flog-ging Mol-ly!" to reel the band onto the stage, their howls elevating at the lowering of the lights until the band appeared and answered with a surge of hammering Irish rock.
Beckoning steel guitars and a sharp-dressed Robert Earl Keen -- with humorous stories and warm, Texas-sized grin in tow -- turned a sold-out Off Broadway into a late-winter, backyard barbecue on Tuesday night.
Ivan and Alyosha perform a sampling of their album, "All the Times We Had," an impressive session embodied by optimism: uplifting content driven by a combination of acoustic guitars, electric trimmings, subtle percussion and impeccable vocal deliveries.
If Thursday night's rock show at the Pageant -- featuring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Langhorne Slim and the Law -- offers any indication of what this year's concerts will bring, it's going to be a fun year.
Listening to Joe Pug's records, it's as if he created a haven with a beckoning blend of instruments and adaptive lyrics, and then pressed the record button to share it with us.
Imagine yourself in a coffeehouse: nestled in a broken-in chair, sipping your favorite coffee blend and enjoying the lovely vocals of St. Louis folk singer-songwriter, Monica Casey, whose peaceful storytelling brings attention to matters of the heart.
This is why we go to concerts. We want to put our hands in the air, sing along to our favorite songs and be astounded by the extended jam sessions that embellish those familiar tunes. Brandi Carlile and the Dave Matthews Band owned the night and validated why we gather by the thousands to move and sway in one giant, collective groove.
A mellow soul decorated by life on the road, Langhorne Slim can be found somewhere between weathered folk vinyls and a kickin' rock show, while flirting with upbeat pop rhythms.
The music of the Lumineers reflects traditional folk blended with upbeat acoustic rock and a magnetism that's begun to grab the nation's attention.