Three Kinds of Americana at Red Rocks (Westword 5/26/2018)

Murder By Death at Red Rocks (photo by Adam Perry

SHOW REVIEW: The Devil Makes Three, Murder By Death and the Wood Brothers at Red Rocks
by Adam Perry for Westword, May 26, 2018

Three kinds of Americana were on display on a scorching Friday night at Red Rocks: the light, the dark and the near-perfect in-between.

Santa Cruz’s nefarious-but-accessible The Devil Makes Three – expanding its lineup from a trio to a quintet – packed America’s greatest venue, bringing along the jammy, funky, quirky Wood Brothers and the gothic folk punk of Murder by Death.

Starting the evening early, at 7 p.m., to a packed crowd, Murder by Death focused on tunes from its deep, powerful 2012 breakthrough Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon and the sprightly, wholehearted 2015 followup, Big Dark Love. The 45-minute set juxtaposed rock-and-roll electric guitar, drums and bass with thoughtful, poetic, wicked lyrics, Sarah Balliet’s elegant, intricate cello and David Fountain’s jaw-dropping multi-instrumental prowess, which he displayed for the big Red Rocks crowd. That crowd included Fountain’s one-year-old daughter, who was attending her first-ever concert.


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