Lumineers embrace Harlow’s with folk revival tunes and dapper demeanors

Ashley King, Arcurrent

Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
Wesley Schultz Lead vocals and guitarist, of Lumineers during there performance at Harlows in Sacramento, CA 

October 22, 2012

When summer seems so far away and the cozy thought of sweaters in winter is distant, The Lumineers swooped in and saved us with their loving musical embrace for two nights at Harlow’s in Sacramento on Oct. 9 and 10. For the night, we were all transported to a country barn with good friends and beautiful earnest music made out of feelings.

The Lumineers are one of the growing bands in the “roots revival” movement giving music listeners a refreshing change. The style is smartly written, inviting, simple musical genius. Like their brothers in genre Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, their music is made for clapping, stomping and singing.

The band poured out the spaces behind varying instruments and filled the stage. They arrived dressed modestly in simple clothes and they would look just fine traveling via horse and buggy. They did, however, break the cardinal rule: there were not one, but two fedoras in the group. Like the gentlemen they were, though, they removed them frequently when speaking with heavy sentiments and covered their hearts.
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The Wombats woo Midtown Sacramento with British beats and smooth sounds

Ashley King, Arcurrent

Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
Matthew Muphy lead singer and guitarist, and tord Øverland Knudsen, Bass guitar, of the Wombats who preformed at the The Blue Lamp, in Sacramento, Ca on October 3.

October 10, 2012

If The Killers, Kooks and Beach Boys had too much sangria, they might wind up nine months later with a mystery love child named the Wombats.  On Oct. 4, The Wombats brought their brothers from across the pond, Morning Parade, and sold out Blue Lamp in Midtown Sacramento.

When the Liverpool trio took the stage, every hand went up to clap eerily in beat. Even the baby boomers with their Bloody Marys in hand stood up. It was much like stepping into church and not knowing any of the hymns, but being moved by the energy in the room. From the moment lead vocalist Matthew Murphy opened his mouth, the audience was enraptured, swaying and singing every word.

The show was a comfortable reflection of their studio work. Their vocals were on point despite being thrown against the awkward acoustics of the venue. Their songs didn’t pull at any heartstrings. Instead they inspired a, “who cares? Let’s just dance” type of energy. Beach-y background vocals included such inspiring lyrics as “ooh” and “wah” They were perfect tunes for solo dancing or reading a book at the ocean.
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The Used light up Ace of Spades with passionate performance

Steven Condemarin, Arcurrent

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Bert McCracken, lead singer of The Used preforming with his band at The Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, Calif.

October 1, 2012

Just when fans started to forget about them, The Used graced Sacramento with a performance at Ace of Spades on Sept. 22. This was their first show in Sacramento since their appearance at Arco Arena back in 2007.

The dark venue was lit by the screen-lights of dozens of iPhones recording the front of the stage by anxious, die-hard Used fans. The Used came out and started with one of their more popular songs from their 2012 album “Vulnerable” entitled “Put Me Out.”

Right off the bat, lead vocalist Bert McCracken conducted a kind of energy that sparked the entire crowd into hysteric screaming. His passionate singing fueled the crowd even more and for a moment he decided to crowd surf among his fans.

After the grand entrance to the stage, the band hit the crowd with a blast-from-the-past performance, performing three popular songs from their multi-gold 2004 album, “In Love and Death.”
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