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Review by Jon Gorey, Dissolver Magazine
Here in Boston, celebrity sightings are still a fairly big deal. Sure, you've grown tired of seeing Ben Affleck's mug at Fenway, and some notable actors come to town every so often to film 37 seconds of a prep school movie, but it's not exactly Beverly Hills when it comes to star gazing.
So the Middle East Downstairs was sold out Thursday night, and not just because WFNX has been spinning OK Go's catchy new singles, or because of Scamper's devoted local following. No, crazy Juliette Lewis herself was live at the Middle East, and damn, she rocked.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The club was already near capacity when power popsters Scamper opened the night, and they made the most of their chance to impress a new audience. With their producer (and former Letters to Cleo drummer) Tom Polce manning the mixer, they sounded as good as I've ever heard them live. Taut favorites like "Longshot" and "Sophie" —along with some hilarious choreography on "The Proof is Altogether Too Late"—garnered a warm response from the crowd.
Then came Juliette Lewis. With her aggressive wailing and writhing, and the talented accompaniment of her band The Licks (particularly guitarist Todd Morse) it was what can only be described as a great old fashioned rock n' roll show. Whether Lewis was just acting or is really tortured and moved by the music is up for debate, but either way she knows how to play the rock star onstage—and sing like one too.
After a long break (and a minor exodus, unfortunately) OK Go finally appeared and really impressed. I'd never seen them before but their sound, songs, and style were instantly enjoyable. Charming lead singer Damian Kulash apologized for perennially being sick when he plays in Boston. "It's because we've always just played New York, and stayed out too late afterward," he admitted, before downing a shot to loosen up his vocal chords. Unloading an aresenal of catchy songs— including a couple of "I love that song, they sing that?!" surprises—the foursome won me over in a big way.
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Date: October 27, 2005 (Thursday)