The stellar second set started off with a personal favorite, "Down Boy" that flowed directly into another goodie, "Blue Jeans Pizza" -- a more complex song with a soaring lead guitar melody and really just plain neat vocals. They jammed the hell out of it before it bled again into two other monstrous jams: "Skrunk" and "McBain." Before "Skrunk," Rob Derhak had some bass issues he had to take care of, but it was no blemish on the show.
Everyone took their chance to shine during the sprawling "McBain." At one point, Jim Loughlin presented a purely inspirational mallet solo that had us hanging on its every note, lifting us out of our bodies for a few minutes. And then to bookend the whole set, they wrapped up the last four songs with "Down Boy," creating a masterpiece.
It didn't stop there. Moe. played "Silver Suns" off their new album, No Guts, No Glory, a song that would sound at home on most classic rock stations, and followed up with an old favorite, "Plane Crash." After nearly 15 minutes of the frantic Latin groove, the band thanked the audience and left the stage, but not for good, of course.
Moe. returned to the beckoning fans, and after some stage banter played a pretty traditional version Pink Floyd's "Time." No epic jam, it was just a very faithful rendition of an old classic. And to completely finish out the night, the band performed another song off of their new album, "Little Miss Cup half Empty," a mellow little rocker, but one that's easy to fall for.
The band left the stage and the lights went up, and there was almost a sadness hanging in the air. Nobody really wanted to go anywhere, but alas the show was over. Honestly, after the showcase they put on, it'd be inhuman to ask for any more.
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