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The last time I saw Cursive was nearly four years ago and a lot has changed since then for both of us. Cursive is doing well. Tonight they were playing to a giant audience, had added a few horn players, and were looking dapper onstage in suits. I, on the other hand, have been sleeping on a couch for the last eight months, was recently described by someone as the dirtiest person they had ever met, and was held up by customs when re-entering the US because they didn't think I was employed. I'm not.
Another difference is that back when we last crossed paths they shared the bill with a somewhat complementary band, the Jealous Sound, and this time the line-up was a true head-scratcher. Cursive, Against Me!, and Mastodon. Whatever; variety is the spice of life, especially when you can pass time by guessing who in the audience came to see which band, a game that, barring a blatant merch whore, can be a little difficult at, say, the Bonnaroo Festival. Instead, this was a little too easy. Cute, underage girls for Cursive, hoodies and cut off cargo shorts for Against Me!, and if there was a dude lurking about who looked like he knew how to change a set of spark plugs, chances are that he was getting antsy waiting for Mastodon.
Unfortunately, the Roseland Ballroom was not the optimum place to see Cursive perform. Standing in the back, the sound was terrible, and I was so far away that I couldn't even tell whether Tim Kasher had a beard or not. Setting be damned, Cursive played their asses off and were amazing. Like they always are. The only thing that marred the experience was the vast space in which the band was playing. Obviously a product of their ever-increasing popularity, bigger venues and larger crowds lessen the emotional impact that the band is so good at delivering. Kasher's wrenching howls had a tendency to dissipate into the high ceilings instead of hitting me squarely in the chest. Nevertheless, seeing the band live under any circumstances is always advisable. SEE ALSO: www.cursivearmy.com
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An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.
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