A Doves/Elbow Review

Doves/Elbow @ The Mayan Theater (Los Angeles, CA) 06.06.02

I can’t get enough of Elbow. Usually I would feel sorry for a band that has to follow their set, but tonight was not such an occasion. That’s not to say that Elbow didn’t put on a wonderful show. If there was a person in the crowd that didn’t cheer just as hard when the band broke into “Red,” “Powder Blue,” “Coming Second” or a beautiful “Scattered Black & Whites,” I didn’t see them. It’s always nice to see an otherwise jaded and stale Los Angeles crowd expressing some approval of good music. Elbow certainly did their part to make this a sold-out event.

Ask me why Jimi Goodwin plays his bass and guitar upside-down, and I don’t have an answer. What I can tell you, for certain, is that Doves are among the great U.K. imports. Touring on a new album, The Last Broadcast, the band carefully crafted a set of music only a fool wouldn’t have enjoyed. In addition to new songs, “Pounding,” “There Goes The Fear,” “Words” and “N.Y.,” favorites from their previous album, Lost Souls were not left out. “Here It Comes,” “Rise,” “Catch The Sun” and “Sea Song” only helped to round out a delectable set of music.

Doves will be on tour with Elbow for the rest of the month before heading back to The U.K. for the summer festival circuit.

06.08 Chula Vista, CA @ The Coors Light Amphitheater

06.10 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater

06.12 Minneapolis, MN @ The Fine Line Music Cafe

06.13 Chicago, IL @ The Vic

06.15 Toronto, ON @ The Palais Rayale

06.16 Philadelphia, PA @ The Theater of Living Arts

06.17 Boston, MA @ Axis

06.19 Washington, D.C. @ The 9:30 Club

06.20 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom