I went to see their free show at Fort Reno on Monday. Got a nice place front and center as usual, because the Reno scenesters are apathetic slackers. But I mean that in the nicest way. Anyway, they were incredible. If you don't know what they sound like, you have to download something, because there's no band I can even compare them to, they have such a unique sound. Yet through the burbling synths and cockeyed time signatures, a strong pop sensibility shines through. I could almost imagine "What Do You Want Me To Say" on the radio. They played that and more of their cult hits like "Ice of Boston" "Life of Possibilities" and a hilarious jab at the aforementioned apathetic scenesters "Doing the Standing Still" with an earnest intensity that made them sound twice as good as the album versions. Bassist Eric Axelson used a (left-handed) Precision with flatwounds through an Ampeg head and 4x10, except when he briefly switched to a synth for a few songs - the way he anchored the low end on those really influenced me. I'd like to do that on some songs with my band. I wonder if anyone still makes those keyboards that you strap on like a guitar... And a final note, standing next to me at the water table was some guy I was POSITIVE I recognized, but I didn't know from where. I thought maybe he went to my school. But today it hit me: he was the new drummer in Fugazi. Dang, I shoulda said hi.