The Dodos, Ruby Suns stake claim at the Turf Club

Categories: Concert Review
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The Dodos brought their much-vaunted live act to a packed house at the Turf Club Tuesday night, and they didn't disappoint. Deftly wielding their mix of folk, country blues, metal, and African Ewe music, the California trio put on an electrifying performance that held the audience at rapt attention.

The Ruby Suns opened for the Dodos, their effervescent brand of New Zealand psych pop starting the night on a festive note. Frontman Ryan McPhun is originally from California, but he played the part of the endearing foreigner consummately, speaking with a thick accent and asking innocently whether anyone in the audience disliked the Yankees. As if to emphasize their fun-loving intentions, the band even strung Christmas lights across their instruments.

Such obscurements were appropriate for a band that writes lush melodies and insists on exploding them at every opportunity, inserting frequent interludes and near non sequiturs before any song gains too much momentum. The result is a patchwork of indie and international flavors, and last night the Ruby Suns placed the emphasis firmly on the latter. "Oh Mojave," their most recognizable song, was transformed into a salsa, riffing around a party groove and singalong Os Mutantes choruses as the band members passed around their instruments.

After a jubilant version of "Tane Mahuta," the Ruby Suns rounded off their set with "Kenya Dig It?," its swaggering Madchester bassline, processed keyboards, and looped atmospherics warped into a Caribbean celebration.

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