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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Concert Review: Eels at Beachland Ballroom

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM

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Eels mastermind Mark Oliver Everett (who goes by the stage name E) has definitely seen some dark days.

In 2007 he published a touching autobiography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know. The book not only chronicled his career, but also his experiences with tragedy: His physicist father died when he was a teen, his mom lost a battle to lung cancer, his sister took her own life, and his cousin was killed in the attacks of 9/11.

It's rough stuff, but Everett manages to stay positive despite his struggles. That positivity was in abundance at Eels' show at the Beachland Ballroom last night.

Backed by a seven piece band that included a horn section, Everett zipped through a career spanning set that included notables like "Last Stop This Town," "Novocaine For The Soul," and "That's Not Really Funny," as well as several tunes from Hombre Lobo, and the two other releases in his recent trilogy.

The large band gave the songs new life and turned some otherwise somber tunes into full out jams.

It was clear that the band and the audience were enjoying themselves. Their stage banter made for great comedy, as did their appearance — the entire band were rocking large beards (some real, some presumably fake) to match Everett's impressive facial hair.

On "Losing Streak," Everett passionately sang the line "Did you hear me? I said my losing streak is done!" If his Beachland performance was any indication, it's safe to say he's definitely winning. —Eddie Fleisher

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