Photos, Show Reviews, Shows, Toronto — June 21, 2016 at 03:15

NXNE: Big Thief @ Drake Underground

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Rounding off the end of NXNE was the band Big Thief who performed their first headlining show at the Drake Underground on Sunday night. Playing to a small but engaged crowd in the Drake’s dark and intimate setting really showcased the beauty of their quiet songs. There was a hush over the room as Adrianne Lenker sang tales of heartache, love, pain, and loss. But even within songs, tempos changed from fast to slow as dynamics teetered from quiet to raucous rock songs. Notable moments included friendly banter about Martha, the band’s oregano plant who has been touring with them and served to modestly decorate the stage in colourful lights. After a brief hiatus, the band returned to the stage for an encore after audience members requested the song “Paul” off their debut album. After that performance I’ve been hooked on that song, and their album Masterpiece ever since.

Big Thief @ Drake Underground–June 19, 2016

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