The Greek Theater
September 21, 2013
Thievery: Better Luck Next Time
The last time, MV&R visited Thievery Corporation, I was blown away by their next generation, multiethnic, multigenre vibe of celebration. They played a great show at the Fox Theater that made me optimistic for the future of music while living in our dismal world of Justin Biebers and Miley Cyruseses. There was still integrity and art in music somewhere. Too bad, that couldn’t last. This time around, the band sounded older and dated. Only took a couple years for the bloom to fade. They also played virtually the same show, song for song, as they did over a year earlier which disappointed and made the future of music seem less secure. The main problem seems to be in the rotating crowd of singers upon which Rob and Eric, the essential duopoloy that is TC, rely. They are overly dependent on the singers making good. This time, their voices were frequently weak and they simply failed to connect as they did at The Fox. I still have great hope for TC but it was not their night.