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Throwback Thursday: Manchester Orchestra, Nov. 22, 2013

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Remember when Manchester Orchestra rocked a full house and kicked started everyone’s winter break in the best way possible, I sure do.

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COPE. That’s the word an anxious and energetic audience stared at while waiting for the band to take stage. I’ve been to concerts where I left feeling like, “Yeah, you know that was really good. They made me feel something; those guys really know how to impact an audience.”

Never, though, did the band have me analyzing, reflecting and feeling something before they even performed.

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The Front Bottoms

Manchester Orchestra took stage at The Blue Note November 22, 2013, and, man, did they deliver. Openers The Front Bottoms and O’Brother rallied a fist pumping and chanting crowd beforehand, and then, BAM: the COPE backdrop. I couldn’t help but reflect on how simply the word defines what Manchester Orchestra constantly fights for in all of their music: dealing with struggles, finding peace, expressing emotion and coping with it.

I was basically standing on one foot the whole night shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, but that night I felt like I was surrounded by close friends who were going through the same things as me.

I’m not one to go cheesey-talk on every concert I go to, but this one is worth the cheese — maybe even as fine as Gouda.

Enjoy some pics:

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Post written by Erica Whyman, Blue Note contributing writer. 

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