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Great Northern, The Dears @ Echoplex 5/23/09

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At first glance, the pairing of Great Northern and Dears seems like an unlikely duo to grace the same stage. While Great Northern are based in L.A., The Dears call Quebec home; one features a female lead singer who exudes grace under fire, while the other is fronted by a tenor whose dripping sweat is as much a mainstay as his leather jacket. And, just for good measure, The Dears formed nearly a generation ago while Great Northern is on tour for their second album.

Still, there they were on May 23, each taking their turn trying to wow the Echoplex crowd who learned, after a sometimes amazing, but more often average show, that the bands' similarities far outweigh their differences.

Great Northern was first.