There was little chance that I was going to miss Caribou's return trip to Boston after last May's psychedelic drubbing, which still ranks up there as one the best shows I've seen this year. And even though the venue was different, the result was pretty much the same: synchronized drum madness, whirling synth peaks, and strobe lights... lots and lots of strobe lights. The songs from Swim still fucking kill it live, but in my incompetence I failed to capture any of them to share here. I did manage to get a pleasant version of "Niobe" from 2007's Andorra (above) and the encore performance of "Every Time She Turns Around It's Her Birthday" (below) from when Caribou was better known as Manitoba.
Ohioan ambient trio Emeralds kicked off the evening with an improvised drone piece that was essentially a 25-minute variation on The Undertaker's theme music. Pretty rad, but not exactly the kind of thing that translates well on YouTube. And Holy Fuck played the meat in this deliciously off-kilter electronic sandwich. The video below is a pretty good indicator of how their set went. Churning and breakneck and the perfect warm-up for Caribou.