Before Sam Francisco three piece The Dodos played, North Carolinian three piece MEGAFAUN played (no reason for the shouty caps other than it makes their name even cooler than it all ready is).
They all had good facial hair and their music was just as great. They were cheerful, endearing, energetic… I would most certainly recommend catching them if you can. They have the harmonies of Fleet Foxes but with some real foot stomping fun. For one song they departed from the stage (all three of them!) and did a little dance. It was brilliant. Check them out here.
Then it was time for The Dodos. I had to miss them at End of the Road due to a clash with Neko Case (who was incredible) and in early September because I was at The Antlers (who were incredible) but I had seen them a year earlier supporting Okkervil River. I really enjoyed this particular show at Scala; Meric Long, the singer, puts so much energy into his performance and drummer Logan Kroeber, was fantastic. There was a especially lovely introduction to Fools using bows against the vibraphone. The crowd loved it and they returned for two encores… the place looked pretty sold out. My only complaint reflects my general feeling about most of the Dodos’ material, sometimes their songs just feel like they go on a bit long without developing. But that’s not to say I think they’re very talented and put on a brilliant live performance. A good band more than worth checking out. They are touring in support of their 2009 release Time To Die. Here is their Myspace.