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As Tall as Lions @ Club Nokia 10/10/09

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New York-based As Tall as Lions opened for Mutemath last night at Club Nokia at LA Live. After chatting with lead singer and guitarist Dan Nigro last week, it was a treat to see the band dive headlong with gusto into their 45-minute set which showcased the best of their latest full-length release, You Can't Take it With You, and one indulgence into the back catalog (the wonderfully haunting "Ghost of York" from their 2006 self-titled release).

Among the highlights of the set was the bluesy intensity of "We's Been Waitin'" as well as the album's title track, the aforementioned "Ghost of York," and the closer "In Case of Rapture." Just as when they played the Troubadour in '07, the band hit the stage with infectious and mesmerizing intensity, giving themselves over viscerally to the music they were creating. While seeing ATAL limited to a opening spot isn't quite the same as having them headline the show, the fact remains that with each new album the band is proving to become more finely honed as songwriters and performers. Before the set ended Nigro assured the gathered fans and potential new admirers that the band will be back in Los Angeles in 2010, in either February or April. We'll be there!