BOY at Bryant Lake Bowl, 3/18/13

Categories: Last Night

Both "Railway" and "Army" brought the playful acknowledgement that this is not the full BOY live lineup, and Steiner cued up beats on her Mac laptop in the still-quiet room. Perhaps desiring a bit more interaction, they then asked the crowd to tell them what they should know about Minneapolis beyond Prince. "The Replacements!" a guy shouted. "Is that your band?" Steiner shot back, wearing her indelible smile. Eventually, they launched into a song called "Skin" that does explore awfully similar "Nightclub Jitters" to the ones Paul Westerberg so often expressed. "You can get out of this party dress, but you can't get out of this skin," Steiner sang, and opened herself up endearingly.
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Photo by Tony Nelson
Deftly, BOY dropped the tempo for a twangy "July," which Erarslan accompanied with lap steel, but it didn't keep the "last song" moment from arriving ever so quickly. Knowing that their breakout single "Little Numbers" could be as well-known in Minneapolis as it is anywhere in the United States, the trio showed gratitude in their performance, and the stomping audience responded in kind.

After about 10 seconds backstage, Steiner and Glass returned to quietly perform "Zapping," a song that predates the Mutual Friends material, and explores boredom and discontent. It was easy to get hung up on the line, "You are all right, there's nothing you miss / but there must be grass a bit greener than this." Speckled with jazz notes, and during a quick silence, Steiner gave a quiet count of "ein, zwei, drei" to her bandmate -- they do speak German to each other, after all -- it charmed.
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Photo by Tony Nelson

With just the right amount of cheekiness, Glass introduced their final number, a cover of "Lonely Boy" from the Black Keys' 2011 album El Camino. "I'm sure you know them," she said. Like everything else over the course of their performance, choosing a song with their band name in its title showed keen awareness that surrounds this entire enterprise. Steiner then picked up a shaker small enough to be a baby's rattle, and with Erarslan back behind them displaying his most vicious chops of the night, this was an undeniable romp to end the show.  

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Almost unnervingly quiet and attentive in the small theater.

Personal Bias: The Black Keys kinda lost the thread for me in about '06, but their song found new life for me in BOY's able hands. Also, anyone able to make it to the Cedar tonight to see them probably play it again should do so.

Overheard: When Steiner asked, "Do any of you work in a cafe?" a guy in the front row loudly proclaimed that he had taken the night off to see them perform.

Random Notebook Dump: That amp totally looks like a space heater.

Setlist
Into the Wild
Drive Darling
Waitress
Oh Boy
Boris
Railway
Army
Skin
July
Little Numbers

Encore
Zapping
Lonely Boy (The Black Keys)

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The Cedar Cultural Center
The Cedar Cultural Center

But you'll have to have bought tickets in advance to do so--tonight's BOY show at the Cedar has completely sold out.

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