Grant Hart at Sound Unseen, 11/13/13

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Photo by Steve Cohen

Grant Hart
Sound Unseen Festival 2013
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grant Hart was the featured attraction to open the 14th annual Sound Unseen Fest in St. Paul. Director Gorman Bechard's Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart was the first film screened of the week (review here), and after it showed at the Landmark Center, the show moved to the Amsterdam for an intimate solo performance.

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After Greycoats gave an opening set of spaced-out modern rock, the stage was cleared for the wry Hart. He opened his set playing an electric guitar featuring a collage on it designed by William S. Burroughs.

Photos by Steve Cohen

The set traded off between songs from his solo albums ("Remains to Be Seen," "My Regrets," "You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water"), cuts from his recent Paradise Lost adaptation 'The Argument' ("Shine Shine Shine," "So Far From Heaven") and a couple of covers ("You Are My Sunshine," "The Battle for New Orleans") worked in.

In between, he cracked jokes, including one to a camera man wandering past ("I've still got your Sharpie!). His voice was at times raw, and others quite beautiful and heartfelt.

Hüsker Dü material was represented by "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill," "Back From Somewhere,"  "She Floated Away," and "Flexible Flyer." There was also a laid-back version of "Never Talking To You Again," which at a couple points in the song was interjected with multiple chants of "Riemenschneider!" perhaps referring to Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider or the late Gothic period woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider.

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