Sometimes you want to be part of a frenzied mob going nuts; but sometimes you'd rather be in a crowded room where everybody just shuts up and listens. I've been fortunate enough to have both experiences in recent nights -- the former at Saturday night's Avett Brothers show, and the latter with She & Him Monday night.
That wasn't anything I expected. Cat's Cradle was jam-packed to the point that it was almost impossible to find a vantage point that was both good and comfortable, and the chattery crowd paid scant attention to opening-act Freakwater. But once the headliners got going, everybody quieted down at all the right times. I was holding my breath wating for some yahoo to holler and screw up "You Really Got a Hold on Me," on which Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's voices descended to a quiet murmur. But lo and behold, everybody maintained absolute silence until the end.
Nice going, gang.
ADDENDUM (3/9/10): Video for "In the Sun."