White Denim - Crescent Ballroom - 2/10/14
Photos by Melissa Fossum White Denim performs at Crescent Ballroom on Monday. See more photos from the show.
You could say that White Denim has had a great week. They performed on Conan last Thursday, and then they played two sold-out shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. And then they hit Phoenix on a Monday night for a packed concert at Crescent Ballroom.
After an invigorating, organ-tastic set by Nashville's Clear Plastic Masks, White Denim sounded sterile to start. James Petralli, prone to pulling the mic away from his mouth when he sings, came off timid during the first two songs ("Pretty Green" and "Corsicana Lemonade," both from the band's latest release, Corsicana Lemonade), but his verbosity progressed with the night and he was practically eating the mic during belts in "Cheer Up/Blues Ending" -- also from the aforementioned album.
The Austin four-piece has the unique quality of being a genre funhouse, which makes for a spectacular live show. White Denim's songs absorbed a gamut of whimsy samba jams all the way to heavy psychedelic guitar solos and experimental instrumentals that expanded and collapsed in that cosmic jam-band way. It was a real treat.
Guitarist Austin Jenkins pulled a few boop-de-boop riffs from his Steve Miller quiver more often than not, but, man, it's just so much fun to watch him and bassist Steven Terebecki noodle and slide all over the songs to care.