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Sebadoh @ The Echoplex 02/25/11

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Well, folks, it seems we're reliving the 90s this week: Yo La Tengo at the El Rey this past Wednesday, followed by Sebadoh at the Echoplex Friday night. While the former's show went off without a hitch, Sebadoh, on tour for Bakesale and Harmacy re-releases, had a smattering of technical difficulties.

As with Yo La Tengo, I was transported to the Bay Area, circa mid 90s, for the original Bakesale tour - which was fraught with the same sound and instrument issues. If I were a superstitious person, I'd probably blame myself as the unlucky fan, but honestly - how does one actually pop a bass string?! In any event, the boys men sounded great despite the drama. And maturity looks good on them: 16 years ago Barlow cut songs short in retaliation; this time around he just shrugged, laughed with the crowd, and kicked out the jams (minus distortion pedal), reminding us all why we love this band.