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The New York-based trio Ui made their way to Boston tonight bringing their own brand of jazz-influenced two-bass stab with noise bursts.The New York-based trio Ui made their way to Boston tonight bringing their own brand of jazz-influenced two-bass stab with noise bursts. While I do somewhat like their recorded sound, it was never anything that grabbed me and made me excited - until they worked with other people (the Uilab single with Stereolab and other various remixes on the Unlike album). Tonight's show left an impression on me of this band as a low-end rhythm crew, quite the opposite of how I previously viewed them (as educated, artsy noodle-mongers). Funkier than any of their records, I was quite impressed with the set, which infrequently included tracks from their last full-lengther, Lifelike. Moreso was the set like the style of the last EP, The Iron Apple, yet it was fun and hardly tedious. Perhaps I need to pull out those other records again. Opening for Ui tonight was a local collective known as Lockgroove, a band whose name I have seen before, but never heard. These guys basically let everythig fly as they jammed through an almost entirely instrumental set - two guitarists playing washing drones, a precision bassist, an elemental keyboardist and a tight drummer. After the lost hope due to the end of Cathode (see the letters below) I was excited to see a local band taking that courageous step outside of generic local rock. So long as they continue down the right path, they will be something to keep an ear out for.
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