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Exitmusic: Live at Mercury Lounge 6/28/12

Photo Credit: Lauren Dukoff

Thursday June 28th, Exitmusic headlined a packed show at Mercury Lounge, with opener Stagnant Pools.

I saw husband/wife band Exitmusic once before, opening for School of Seven Bells. This time, though, I noticed a few more songs that were really catchy: “The Modern Age” and “The Night.” The audience seemed to react better to the songs with clearer, more easily decipherable vocals.

The guitar notes in “The Modern Age” build a tension that resolves halfway through the first chorus with the introduction of the snare drum beat, and the vocal repetition of “Oh, on the run from the modern age” really hooks the listener in.

“The Modern Age”:

“The Night”:

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EXITMUSIC @ Le Poisson Rouge

Saturday May 5th, I caught Exitmusic opening for School of Seven Bells at Le Poisson Rouge.

I was impressed with the force and power that Exitmusic exuded. Exitmusic’s songs would be perfect for the soundtrack of a movie – the music was dark, brooding, and cinematic.

Unique aspects of the set: The drummer played an electric bass drum, and the guitarist played with a violin bow on one song.

“The Hours” stuck out as the band’s best song. Check out a live version on KEXP:


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