Show Review: the Dodos @ Brighton Music Hall (3.1.15)

by Amanda Hoover (Journalism), published March 6th 2015

Following the January release of their sixth album, Individ, The Dodos came to Brighton Music Hall on another unsurprisingly snowy Sunday night in Boston. Seamlessly weaving together their latest tracks with discography staples, the duo crafted a set that bounced from the anticipated acoustic pieces to heavier ones in which singer/guitarist Meric Long dared to keep up with drummer Logan Kroeber’s fast-paced rhythms. Brighton Music Hall, with its intimate, casual setting, proved a perfect fit for the Dodos, who forego flashy performance aids for stripped-down, raw authenticity.

Ironically opening with “Goodbyes and Endings,” a new song from Individ, the Dodos started out strong with heavy, perfectly synchronized rhythms that continued though “Competition,” before switching gears and throwing the setlist back to “The Season,” off Visiter. Throughout the show, Long swapped out his electric guitar for an acoustic without abandoning the intricate and powerful rhythms he crafts and executes alongside drummer Kroeber. The chemistry between the two on stage is a force of its own that ties together the two together inextricably.

Halfway through the set­–which was skewed toward songs their latest album, naturally–The Dodos pulled two fan favorites, “Walking” and “Black Night,” onto the list. While not surprising additions to the brief 10-song set, the crowd showed appreciation for each, singing in unison to the sweet melodies of the former and dancing to the percussive latter.

In an attempt to preserve the spontaneous nature of the encore that has almost completely disappeared, Long and Kroeber returned to stage an announced that they had played all of the songs they wanted to, and would take suggestions from the audience. They settled on “Men,” a song from their first album Beware of the Maniacs, that has been buried in an eight-year career, before launching into “Don’t Try to Hide It,” featuring an appearance from opening act Springtime Carnivore’s leading lady Greta Morgan. Her sweet voice was a fitting contribution to the track that ended the show, making it one of the best performances of the night. Overall, the short set managed to navigate throughout The Dodos’ career, giving the audience a brief taste of everything they had to offer.

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