Thursday, May 21, 2009

Keane, Mat Kearney at Constitution Hall

When I saw a couple of months ago that Keane was slated to play Constitution Hall, I snatched up tickets as quickly as I could. You see, I told myself a few years ago that when the band returned to DC, I would see them live no matter the cost... and after Tuesday night's show, I'm certainly glad I did.

Even though Constitution Hall isn't the best venue -- the lack of any acoustical panels or design basically means the show is either loud or louder -- the band sounded as good as I hoped, rocking through songs spanning from their first record to their most recent (2008's Perfect Symmetry). If you aren't familiar with them, check out the title track from their latest release -- personally, I think it's one of the better songs of the past few years.

Below are some shots of the band, and a few more can be found on Flickr. The pictures were taken for -- click here to read the review.

Opening up for the U.K. band was Mat Kearney, an Oregon-bred singer-songwriter whose album Nothing Left To Lose was in constant rotation on my iPod for quite some time. He released a new record the day of the show, one that I'll be sure to check out when I get a chance.

After seeing Kearney on Leno (or Letterman... I can't remember) last year, I actually thought he sounded terrible. Maybe it was the TV, maybe it was the song choice -- either way, it was a bad first impression of a guy who is actually very good live.

The highlight of his set, for me, was a song called "All I Need" -- one that he introduced by saying "you know, I wrote this song and imagined two doctors making out to it" (the song, apparently, was featured on Grey's Anatomy). Good times.

A few more pictures can be found on Flickr.