[Eric D. Johnson‘s Fruit Bats] weaved a ’70s-tinged folky-pop tapestry that recalled as much Supertramp and the Allman Brothers as My Morning Jacket and, yes, just a slight dusting of the Shins, as they choogled through an hour-long set of alternately jammy and poppy tunes.
As strong a performance as Fruit Bats put in, it was nearly overshadowed by Providence, R.I.’s Death Vessel, fronted by wunderkind Joel Thibodeau. With a noisy, goth-folk aura behind his eerily beautiful, unusually high-pitched vocals, Death Vessel had the audience transfixed from the first notes on.
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