Tuesday August 18, 2009 / 7:30pmElvis Costello and the Sugarcanes
How was your experience?
This was a pretty good evening at the Greek. The bad news first: I was dissapointed by the sound system at the Greek. Trebles were brittle and bass was sloppy, to the point of distraction. And apparently there must have been feedback trouble onstage b/c oftentimes tuning was a problem, which was very odd for these seasoned musicians. The good news: Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes were wonderful. The band was outstanding. Elvis rocked. I don't think there was anyone on stage under 40, and their expertise and experience was evident. Before the concert I wondered what age had done to EC's voice, and I am happy to report he sounds as fine as ever - as if a day hasn't passed since his first album in '78. His voice is still wonderfully flawed, and expressive as ever. Highlights of the evening included a cover of Lou Reed's Femme Fatale and a slew of stuff from their new album I first heard in the concert. They played a few old gems of EC's, including a countrified rendition of his hit Every Day I Write the Book. I've never been a big fan of the song, but with an easier tempo the song became downright sweet. I enjoyed the evening's music so much I'm gonna go get the album pronto. Then I'm going to buy Pogues tickets.