Saturday, December 18, 2010
Better Than Ezra - Paradise Rock Club 12.9.10
Better than Ezra came out at 10:30 and played for 2 solid hours. It was SO much fun. Thanks to a couple of friends, I'd been familiarizing myself with their discography for the two days leading up to the concert so I was able to recognize a lot of their stuff and sing along. But then there are those songs that you don't know they sang them until you hear them live and go "OMG, they sing THIS song?" It was awesome to hear Good, Desperately Wanting, and Extra Ordinary live - as those are the three songs that I've always known them by. Desperately Wanting is probably the one song that if you don't know who Better Than Ezra is, you know that song. Absolutely Still, off of their latest album, Paper Empire, was probably my favorite to hear live. I love that song - its gorgeous - and live its just incredible. They have such an energy that's contagious and its impossible to not leave a bigger fan than you were to begin with. Sam came back out and played trombone on Juicy and Desperately Waiting which added such depth to both of those songs. They also sang a great cover of Laid, which is such a dirty song to begin with but I've always loved it and to hear it with a different sound was fun. Kevin came back out alone for the encore and did a gorgeous acoustic version of Ray LaMontegue's Jolene and also Porcelin, and then the rest of the band came back out and did 2 songs by request - Daylight and Live Again.
They finally ended at 12:30 and it was hands down one of the best concerts I have been to this year. And that's saying a lot because I've been to a lot of shows! It was absolutely worth being tired for at work the next day. I can't wait for them to come back to Boston so I can go to another show!
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