Concert Review: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's at Musica



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Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s frontman Richard Edwards started his band's concert at Musica Friday night on the wrong foot by egging the audience into a near-riot by talking about LeBron.

At first, he sounded pro-Miami, but quickly switched sides when the crowd screamed back profanity. “What? Because you’re close to Cleveland you’re for Cleveland? Fuck Miami,” he finally said, then added condescendingly, “I'm surprised there are people in our audience who actually give a fuck.”

I don’t know what kind of audience Edwards thinks Margot has, but their sound has shifted worlds away from the softer, mellow tones of their first two albums, The Dust of Retreat and Not Animal.

New songs like “As Tall as Cliffs” and “The Ocean (Is Bleeding Salt)” are positively indie, but Friday's show made it clear Margo are rounding the corner to a fuller and heavier rock sound.

Keyboardist Cameron McGill is one of Margot's new members, and before the band's performance, he took the stage with What Army to play as the night's opener.

Lonely Forest, who recently recorded with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, played a strong set too. More importantly, he made sure not to insult the audience. —Crystal Pirri; photo by Lisa Rimedio

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