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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tonight in Music: The Moondoggies, Cut Copy

posted by on October 8 at 9:30 AM

Cut Copy - “Lights and Music”
Cut Copy, the Presets, Heartbreak
(Showbox at the Market) Australia’s Cut Copy have scored one of the year’s most deliriously blissful pop records with their sophomore album, In Ghost Colours. The band revive to stunning effect the dance-floor-friendly but still emotionally cool new wave of New Order, delivering dreamy ballads and ecstatic electro workouts with equal aplomb. Binding it all together is frontman Dan Whitford’s tuneful crooning and catchy, weightless pop lyrics. Live, the band are ringmasters, commanding drums, guitars, synths, sequencers, and demanding kinetic response from their crowd. Countrymates the Presets don’t fare as well on their latest, Apocalypso, but their live show, which combines hard-hitting live drumming and a phalanx of analog synths, is still fun. ERIC GRANDY
The Young Ones Music Showcase (featuring the Moondoggies)
The Dutchess & the Duke, the Moondoggies
(Neumos) Earlier this year The Stranger declared the Moondoggies one of Seattle’s “Young Ones”—predicting the fairly unknown but great local folk-and-more band were poised to do big things in 2008. Looks like we made a good call with the ‘Doggies. The band’s recently released full-length, Don’t Be a Stranger (Hardly Art), is the celebratory soundtrack to a summer afternoon barbecue that fades into a bonfire jam session. The songs are played with enthusiasm, but also a chilled-out, easy-going vibe. Unsurprisingly, Don’t Be a Stranger has been one of the best-selling Northwest records for weeks in local record stores. MEGAN SELING

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cut copy was rad last night. it wasn't just "beats, mannnnnn." they ride the line between exploiting all the easy shit and, i don't know, vibing off fleetwood mac and depeche mode. pretty sure there was some rave whatever going on that i didn't get because i don't butt bump powder XTC cause i'm an adult.

presets was annoying - probably more part of the solution than the problem in the grand scheme, but annoying nonetheless. sounded a lot like the killers. and a lot like cut copy, except without catchy songs.

presets singer looks like brandon ivers/matt damon BTW.

Posted by ndrwmtsn | October 9, 2008 10:55 AM

I think you guys need to pat yourselves on the back some more for breaking The Moondoggies, they never would have done it without you!

Posted by dan10things | October 10, 2008 9:39 AM

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