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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Alex Young
03/23/2009 | | | Live Show Preview
SXSW '09 in Review
Call it what you will, but Cursive's live show is one of this year's best on the scene. Vocalist and guitarist Tim Kasher is quickly becoming one riotous hero in the indie community. His vocals have grit, his movements are concentrated and fitting, and the emotion is always raw and vital. Under a thick mop of sweaty hair, Kasher led a jagged, if not downright exceptional rendition of "Art is Hard", one of the band's best tunes live. The swinging violins, the dancey drums, and the crunchy guitars are too addicting. While playing a great deal of their latest record, Mama, I'm Swollen, the Nebraska heavies kept it "old-school" with plenty of old time favorites, too. While an early set, and the first of many SXSW appearances, Kasher & co held a larger than expected crowd, with a line coming in that sweltered by the minute. To be fair, it wasn't just Cursive picking up the pace, and Kasher took note of this: "The Wrens are playing outside. I'd much rather be there right now, but I'll have to catch them another time." Fortunately for the crowd, Kasher stuck around and punched in an exceptional set, rewarding the Brooklyn blog with some very necessary props.
Mama, I'm Swollen

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