At long last, St. Louis shed its Siberia-like temperatures this week and reached 70 degrees by Thursday; the desire to hibernate melted with the snow.
Alex Turner walks onto the stage, lights flashing, and before he opens the Arctic Monkeys' set, he hammers out a few quick guitar riffs. The reverb is turned all the way up, and Turner's sweet nothings echo through the sold-out crowd before they fade away into the screams of the audience.
Neutral Milk Hotel played its first post-hiatus St. Louis show to a sold-out Pageant audience, confirming the reality of a concert that most fans never dreamed of attending. Jeff Mangum and company delivered a tight performance without sacrificing the endearingly shambolic aesthetic Neutral Milk Hotel has come to represent.
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.
The "City" is Dallas. The "Colour" is Green. The band is Dallas Green. While his ensemble of backing musicians is stellar, he is the band's musical life force. His songs enraptured and enlightened concertgoers at the Pageant on Sunday night.