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Scottish post-rock five-piece Mogwai took the ethereal sonics of this year’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will to the Belly Up in Solana Beach. The crowd varied from gray and weathered to young and vibrant.

No stone of Mogwai’s repertoire was left unturned, as arpeggios ascended to the rafters through the shifting lights during songs unearthed from earlier efforts such as Young Team and Happy Songs For Happy People. "Hunted by a Freak" cascaded across the speakers with muffled vocals and soaring, mercilessly loud instrumentation. From the deft and tighter new direction of their latest effort, "White Noise" was subtle but powerful.

Banter from the band was minimal, highlighting the fact that the music was their hallmark. The crowd shifted slowly, a wide-eyed sea of followers. We amassed to experience what seemed to be one long song that melted into a controlled burn late into the night. A three-song encore followed then faded away. Sated, satisfied smiles left the house.

  • Concert: Mogwai
  • Date: May 11
  • Venue: Belly Up Tavern
  • Seats: Balcony
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