The Moondoggies, The Maldives

When: Wed., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. 2012


In 1973, the Band released a passion project, an album of covers of their favorite blues and R&B songs called Moondog Matinee. It's not their best or most beloved album, but it speaks to the importance of musicians being music fans. There is a maturity and a humility that's the result of looking backward and around, and it's something that the Moondoggies have. And yes, they sound not unlike the Band. Though their 2010 album Tidelands is full of back-porch atmospherics, the ambitious songwriting and dark undertones make for lots of quietly shocking moments. The occasional organ sob of a keyboard ("Can't Be in the Middle") is affecting without ever being heavy-handed—not something the organ is known for. And, with his world-wise phrasing, Kevin Murphy sounds like the hobo mentor you'd turn to for advice if you ever found yourself inhabiting a boxcar. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $12

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