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By Ted Chase

Cursive : Live

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 marked the official release of Cursive’s Mama, I’m Swollen (QRO review), the Omaha band’s sixth album.  A full house gathered at the Bowery Ballroom (QRO venue review) to celebrate for night two of the band’s sold out New York City engagements, as they toured Mama on their way to South-by-Southwest in Austin (QRO festival preview).

The crowd was bursting with excitement.  The songs performed spanned their entire career, from new tracks to crowd pleasers to long time favorites.  Once the first few notes of songs became recognizable, fans would let loose.  The uncommon reactions of some made you wonder if you were at a rock show or at a sporting event.

Cursive delivered a tight, energetic two hour long performance.  Fortunately, the influence of anger and alcohol seemed to be at a minimum on stage.  Having seen them twice, tonight was the best by far.

Set list:

The Causality
A Gentleman Caller
I Couldn’t Love You
A Career in Transcendence
Dorothy at Forty
Tim KasherThe Game of Who Needs Who the Worst
Mama, I’m Swollen
Bad Sects
Into the Fold
Staying Alive
Opening the Hymnal/Babies
The Great Decay
Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
What Have I Done?
The Martyr
Art Is Hard


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Ted Chase

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