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Little Joy @ Troubadour, 12/7

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Riding high on a tidal wave of media hype, Little Joy (otherwise known as Fabrizio Moretti's new band or Fab's Band) played for a sold out crowd on Sunday night. Being hailed by critics as the next great rock band and blogged to death as the best thing since sliced bread by Strokes fans, who are biding their time while the band is on hiatus, Little Joy had a lot to live up to. Their self titled debut has even appeared on some pretty fancy Best Album of the Year lists. And did they live up to the hype? No, not even close.

To be fair, not many could. It's like when Ringo Starr started his own band. Is It Don't Come Easy a good song? Yeah, but it's not the Beatles. To a lesser extent that's what Fabrizio Moretti's new band is. Are they good? Sure, but they aren't the Strokes. Not that the crowd seemed to care all that much. There were kids pressed up against the stage at the Troubadour two hours before Little Joy even went on. But none of them were there to see Little Joy, they wanted to see Fab's Band. This was made abundantly clear by the numerous numbers of Strokes t-shirts and the roar from the crowd when Moretti took the stage to tune his guitar. Screams of "Marry me, Fab!" and "I love you!" shook the room. But I'm getting ahead of myself, forgive me. I am not paying due to the two bands that went before. And they deserve their time.