Pitchfork: The Dodos Review, Photos

I literally had no idea what to expect from The Dodos. All I knew going into their Sunday set at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was that the band is from San Francisco. That's it. They could have been a stoner death metal band of gypsies and I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised.

Fortunately they were nothing of the sort.

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In fact, they ended up being one of the most pleasant surprises of the weekend. The Dodos are a three-piece featuring guitar, drums, and an auxiliary percussionist who plays the xylophone and a dented trash can. It's hard to classify them in a single genre; they're equal parts folk, indie rock and blues.

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Meric Long, the young-looking lead singer plays a worn looking electric/acoustic guitar that has a perfect, rich tone and he adds just the right amount of reverb to the sound. He played sitting down stamped his cowboy boot-clad foot on the stage, pounding out the rhythm.

What really carried the songs, however was the percussion. It was a deep pitter-patter on the drums coupled with either clanging thuds from the garbage can or the tinkling xylophone. At one point the guitarist adding a tambourine to his foot-stamping, adding another layer to the beat.

The Dodos showed on Sunday they are a very catchy and creative band -- accessible and innovative at the same time. I'd say they're like a cross between LCD Soundsystem and Animal Collective, with vocals not that different from Zach Condon of Beirut. I'll definitely seek out the album when I get home, that way I'll know what's coming if they ever stop by St. Louis.

- Keegan Hamilton



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