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Monday, November 28, 2011

Concert Review: City and Colour at House of Blues

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

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"Spellbinding."

That's how one woman in the audience described Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green's performance last night at House of Blues.

The sold-out gig was a raw, epic, and emotional tour de force — the kind of awe-inspiring live effort that will soon make Green's City and Colour a household name.

On the surface, Green appears to be a rising star in a new class of alt-folkies, but songs like the impeccable reading of "Fragile Bird" late into the 90-minute set showcase a broadly informed and inspired songwriting talent in a class all his own.

Striking his best Mark Eitzelesque pose, Green began the night with the melancholic "We Found Each Other in the Dark," "The Death of Me," and leveled "The Grand Optimist" on the audience early on.

The show peaked with "Little Hell" (the title track to City and Colour's latest album), "Weightless," "Fragile Bird," and a terrific reading of "Sorrowing Man."

It's hard not to see a bright future for Green's one-time side project (his main gig co-fronting the Canadian hardcore act Alexisonfire juat ended this year) after this night.

Hailing from San Antonio, the band of brothers, cousins, and longtime friends Hacienda opened the show, building upon last year's strong showing at the Beachland Ballroom. Now that they're also under Dine Alone Records' wing (see Dan Auerbach), expect to see and hear a lot more of them as well. —Peter Chakerian

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