Favorite

Live 

Hoco Fest Night One, Hotel Congress, Aug. 31

His name has the ring of myth. So, too, does his music.

There's enough sound coming from his rhythmically intricate guitar style and the force of his voice to make The Tallest Man on Earth seem like more than just one man on a stage. Swedish folksinger Kristian Matsson writes songs that seem instantly timeless, with a captivating poetic style that relies on imagery of nature.

Matsson opened on electric guitar, playing the lead track to this year's excellent There's No Leaving Now. "To Just Grow Away" is explicitly a rain song, with lyrics that blend in a sense of yearning that goes far beyond just needing rain.

Matsson switched to acoustic guitar for "1904," a furiously strummed song that takes a detached look at death. He turned to the piano for "There's No Leaving Now," a song that likens death to a danger passing.

Introducing "Criminals," Matsson joked that it's a song about the 1990s and him loving a Madonna record. "King of Spain," from 2010's The Wild Hunt, induced the crowd to sing along. His set was a fairly even mix of all his albums, and Matsson closed the night back on the piano for a somber rendition of "The Dreamer."

On the club stage, Wild Nothing had the crowd bouncing with its dance-ready synth rock, sounding a bit like 1980s Brit-rock, somewhere in between The Smiths and New Order.

Strand of Oaks was impressive with a spare yet bombastic performance. Tim Showalter plays a haunting and dark folk music, but live he and a drummer crank things up with a hard-rock energy.

The early part of the night was filled with those spontaneous moments of collision that are so fun at festivals: David Garza's impromptu drafting of some Modeens as his band (on Saturday, he brought Camilo Lara, Sergio Mendoza and Marco Rosano onstage); Phoenix's Lonna Kelley, a new addition herself to Giant Giant Sand, inviting Golden Boots' Ryen Eggleston, as well as Andrew Collberg and Jon Villa, to join in; and the quietly operatic voice of Wolf Larsen closing her set with a cover of The Tallest Man On Earth's "Like the Wheel."

More by Eric Swedlund

  • Liberate, Create!

    A trio of skilled songsmiths generate a new folk-rock
    • Apr 13, 2017
  • Preaching the Bad Testament

    Scott H. Biram—the original Dirty Old One Man Band—is back in the pulpit
    • Apr 6, 2017
  • In the Moment

    Austin Counts on soul, Lonesome Desert and Pima County Jail
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

The Range

Quick Bites: 1912 Turns Two

Quick Bites: Wasting Away Again

More »

Latest in Live

  • Noise Annoys

    Baby Gas Mask, absurdist soul and prog, plus Chaka!
    • Oct 13, 2016
  • B-Sides: DJQ

    MUSIC AS POETRY
    • Jul 28, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Don't Forget the Coop

    Interview with Alice Cooper
    • Jun 15, 2017
  • Battle Acts: Sgt. Pepper Then vs. Sgt. Pepper Now

    We have no Summer of Love to ponder, no Vietnam War to protest, no miracle drug that's going to save us. But we do have an unpopular president and Sgt. Pepper to marvel over all over again. It's not the same, but it kinda is, and that's about the best splendid time that can be guaranteed for all in 2017.
    • Jun 8, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation