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Cage The Elephant: raw power at the Showbox SoDo

Cage The Elephant at the Showbox SoDo (Photo by Dan Rogers)

Cage The Elephant at the Showbox SoDo (Photo by Dan Rogers)

Cage The Elephant performed to a sold out, packed-in crowd at the Showbox SoDo last Wednesday. True to form, it was a high energy set that involved crowd surfing from frontman Matt Shultz. It seems as though Cage The Elephant has been touring nonstop since the release of Melophobia around this time last year, yet the band never seems to tire and consistently puts on intense, can’t-miss shows.

Seattle-based Iska Dhaaf was a last-minute addition to the bill, yet their brand of poetic, sonic, atmospheric rock was well-received by the crowd. Give their latest album, Even The Sun Will Burn, a listen to find out why. SMI’s Dan Rogers was on hand to capture the magic that night.

Christine Mitchell has been poring over album liner notes pretty much since she acquired the skill of reading, and figured out the basic structure of rock songs at an early age. Whether it’s the needle popping into the first groove of the record, the beeps that signal the beginning (or end) of a cassette tape, or digital numbers ticking off the seconds from zero, music brings Christine happiness, ponderous thought, opportunities for almost scientific study, and sometimes a few tears. When she started attending live shows two decades ago, a whole new piece of the puzzle clicked in and she has been hooked ever since.