Here's a quick summary of the bands that played the M&Ms stage on Friday July 9th at Basilica Block Party.
Best Moment: The second-to-last song this "Battle of the Bands winner" played skewed away from their country tinged sound and took on a more enjoyable tone.
Worst Moment: The band seemed to be trying too hard. The bassist had an American flag pinned to his bass, and the lead singer looked like he was trying to be different, with two
stripes of black paint under his eyes.
Best Moment: Although their was a non-existent crowd, Chris Koza's crew seemed to be having fun. This was especially on second song "Red River of the North," where the band led a clap along for the few dozen people that were actually paying attention to them.
Worst Moment: After a couple of songs, the set dragged, plagued with slow numbers that failed to grab people's attention.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Best Moment: Grace Potter's backing band, the Nocturnals, captivated my attention for most of the set. The three men in the group all had color-coordinated suits and cool hair, and the chemistry between them was great. Grace Potter's voice was a force, and the audience quadrupled in size during her set. The drum circle was during "Medicine" was also extremely fun.
Worst Moment: Grace Potter playing a flying-V guitar as big as her was funny, but she even pulled that off.
Best Moment: I love Spoon, so I can't say anything bad about them. Their set was tight and loose at the same time. It flowed perfectly, and reverb and improv were used at the right time and in the right amounts. Britt Daniel's croon can't be matched.
Worst Moment: My one complaint would be that not enough tracks were played off of their best CD, "Kill the Moonlight."