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The Intelligence played Market Hotel (pics) & Cake Shop +++ catch them on the radio today

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photos by Tim Griffin

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Honestly, I wasn’t expecting all the moshing and crowd surfing. I’d hopped in a cab seconds after seeing Wild Beasts for a third time in one week and headed to Market Hotel to see Seattle’s finest purveyors of bent surf garage. On record, The Intelligence are genuinely weird, like they try and make normal music and this is what comes out. It’s not dissimilar to what Sic Alps or Thee Oh Sees do, but there’s a sinister edge, kind of like in a David Lynch movie. Slightly uncomfortable. But live, Lars Finberg and the rest of The Intelligence are here to rock. Market Hotel didn’t seem that crowded to me, but when the second song kicked in it was a like a mosh magnet, everyone who was still there rushed towards the stage and collectively lost their shit. In particular, Golden Triangle‘s OJ (the band had just played) was a crowd surfing dynamo, despite there not being quite enough crowd to hold him. No matter how many times he got dropped, OJ kept getting back up there. “Let’s see how many people get hurt on this one,” a perplexed Finberg joked during the encore. The guy might have bruises all over his body now, but Friday night [9/11] that little dude was all smiles.

Finberg kept asking the crowd if we could he his vocals — we could I thought they sounded great — but judging by that I don’t think they could hear anything. Sometimes you just move forward via instinct and muscle memory. [Bill Pearis]

The review and photos here are both from The Intelligence‘s Sept. 11th show at Market Hotel. Their current tour also brought them to Cake Shop two days later (last night) on Sunday the 13th (with a Philly show in between).

Today (Monday, 9/14), the band is scheduled to stop by both Viva Radio (who is currently interviewing the xx) and WNYU (89.1 FM, where they’ll appear on The New Afternoon Show sometime between 4-7:30pm).

The band’s remaining tour dates across North America run into October. Those and more pictures from the show are posted below…

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Wild Beasts played Union Pool earlier the same night (the Intelligence went on late)

The Intelligence – 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 14 live on viva radio new york, New York
Sep 14 live on wnyu new york, New York
Sep 16 cafe nine new haven, Connecticut
Sep 17 sonar balitmore, Maryland
Sep 18 comet pizza and ping pong washington dc, Washington DC
Sep 19 the triple richmond, Virginia
Sep 20 the new french bar asheville, North Carolina
Sep 21 jj’s bohemia chattanooga, Tennessee
Sep 22 instore at criminal records atlanta, Georgia
Sep 22 the earl atlanta, Georgia
Sep 23 club down under tallahassee, Florida
Sep 24 alabama music box mobile, Alabama
Sep 25 hi tone/gonerfest 6 memphis, Tennessee
Sep 26 saturn bar new orleans, Louisiana
Sep 28 spanish moon baton rouge, Louisiana
Sep 29 the ten eleven san antonio, Texas
Oct 01 la sala rossa montreal, Quebec
Oct 02 mohawk austin, Texas
Oct 03 handsome kitten dallas, Texas
Oct 04 the conservatory oklahoma city, Oklahoma
Oct 05 record bar kansas city, Kansas
Oct 06 medowlark denver, Colorado
Oct 07 meow wolf santa fe, New Mexico
Oct 08 club congress tucson, Arizona
Oct 09 modifided phoenix, Arizona
Oct 10 bujwha el centro, California
Oct 11 part time punks festival @ the echo los angeles, California
Oct 12 the casbah san diego, California
Oct 13 the hub sacramento, California
Oct 15 house of nostromos oakland, California
Oct 16 elbow room san francisco, California
Oct 17 garage/vice scion festival portland, Oregon

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