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Alexi Murdoch @ The Bootleg, 2/26/11

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It was downright cold—ok freezing—on Saturday night, so much so that that even singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch made mention of it from the stage during the first of two sold-out shows at the Bootleg Theater. He asked, "Can someone turn off the air-conditioning?" a few times during his 75-minute set. Murdoch was positioned right under a vent, and his old Gibson guitar was having trouble staying in tune.

While there were both climate issues and noise issues (coming from a bumpin' party next door) Mudoch kept his cool and didn't pull a Damon Gough. Funny thing is that the rapt crowd—with a distinctly higher female to male ratio—didn't seem to notice or mind these disturbances at all. In fact, one person shouted from the crowd that Murdoch should move back to LA, he laughed and answered back, "LA I love you, but...no."

Murdoch was in town to promote the release of his sophomore, full-length CD Towards the Sun, most of which was recorded in one night in Vancouver during a 2009 tour stop. He polished the recordings later with a number of musicians, including Jon Natchez (Beirut), Kelly Pratt (Beirut) and Kyle Resnick (The National).