Volcano Choir - Crescent Ballroom - 1/17/14 (VIDEO)

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The last half of the show turned into the singalong portion, as the crowd reveled in songs like "Alaskans" and "Acetate."

Volcano Choir closed out its primary set with "Still," which is the song sampled on Kanye West's "Lost in the World." The looped, auto-tuned vocals of this song sounded fuller and larger in person, and were a great way to kick off the encore.

"Youlogy" may seem like an odd way to end the show, but the results were stunning and cathartic. Vernon's vocals sounded fantastic over the crashing cymbals and droning tones, as if a group of Wisconsin monks were guiding the crowd through meditation.

At the beginning of the show, one of my friends mouthed a request for "Skinny Love." Most of us were likely hoping for at least a Bon Iver song or two, but as the show progressed, all of the attention was on Volcano Choir. And I can't say we were disappointed.

Island, IS
Almanac (encore)
Youlogy (encore)

Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: Volcano Choir at Crescent Ballroom.

Personal Bias: I'm more of a Bon Iver fan, but can already say that I like Volcano Choir a bit more now after seeing them live.

The Crowd: Flannel, lots of flannel.

Overheard in the Crowd: "If I ever met Justin Vernon, I'd just ask a million questions about Kanye."

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Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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