The Mountain Goats played Music Hall & Webster Hall
Mtn Goats crowd @ MHOW, March 19, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
For much of Mr. Darnielle’s career the Mountain Goats’ music has been solid but secondary. He recorded a decade’s worth of albums on low-fi cassette equipment, and he needs nothing more than his acoustic guitar and wistful voice to perform most of his songs.
Lately, though, he has been polishing the music along with the words. He moved to studios to record, and at Webster Hall he led a trio with Peter Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster on drums. Partway through the set Mr. Darnielle switched to electric guitar. The full-fledged band version of the Mountain Goats gives him a spectrum of dynamics from folk-rock to power trio, from resonant ballads to reggae and soul vamps. It doesn’t make his songs slick, it makes them more expressive. [Jon Pareles – NY Times]