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My Morning Jacket @ The Greek Theatre, 8/12/10

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My Morning Jacket had just put the finishing touches on a spectacular show at the Greek Theatre August 12, when our small group chatted about the virtues of rock and roll. See, my friend (you might know her) is somewhat of a rock maven and an MMJ devotee, a true patron of saint Jim James who would beat down a path to their show any day of the week. Your reviewer, while quite fond of the Kentucky five piece, tends to count other bands in his rarified air, including the inimitable Wilco.

We talked about the unwavering genius of MMJ - their peerless musicianship, James' perfect voice, etc. - and then compared their set to others we'd seen recently. Wilco, she said, pales in comparison to MMJ, especially their live shows.

This may be true, but that statement, in your humble reviewer's opinion, should be tempered. An MMJ show, I said, has more highs than a Wilco performance. But their lows are lower than Wilco, who are consistently solid.

But the highs of MMJ are real and epic, the proof of which was in ample supply Thursday. They unveiled new songs that left us breathlessly wanting more while polishing off their classics that sounded as fresh today as they did ten years ago.

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Before anyone was able to experience that, however, they had to get past Avi Buffalo, the locals from Long Beach who opened the night.